Boise State's football team returned to a familiar place today--the national top 25 rankings. The nation's voters overlooked a lackluster performance on offense against Wyoming to give the Broncos the nod over Penn State and Alabama.
Another sequel for the Blue and Orange. While traditional powers like Miami of
Florida, Tennessee and Nebraska
were losing, Boise State
this week made its fifth annual appearance in the nation's top 25 polls. This morning, the Broncos were included in
both the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and the Associated Press poll at
State edged up from #26 in the AP
poll and up from #28 in the Coaches' poll.
The Broncos first began their run in 2002, when they
steadily climbed the rankings to a peak of #12 in the Coaches' poll and #15 in
the AP poll. They followed that up the
following year with another top 15 finish (#15) in the Coaches' poll and #16 in
the AP top 25. In 2004, they broke
through the top ten and finished #12 in the AP poll and 13th in the Coaches'
poll. Last season, Boise
State was 18th in the
preseason but a bowl loss to Boston College
knocked them out of the top 25 in the final polls.
The nation's coaches elevated Boise
State past Penn State
into the top 25, giving the Broncos one more vote than the Nittany Lions. Coach Chris Petersen's team topped Alabama
to get the #25 spot in the media poll. Boise
State takes on the team that nearly
beat that Alabama squad on its
home field (Hawai'i) this
Saturday in Bronco Stadium.
The complete polls can be located by clicking on the link
in the Top 25