So when Boise State opponent Oregon State defeated USC, the most storied team in college football the past four seasons, James and others of his ilk lost credibility. In fact, the Beaver win over the Trojans was downright embarrassing for critics of Boise State.
Oregon State, which led for nearly the entire game, threatened to blow 'SC out, producing leads of 17-6 and 33-10. But the mighty Trojans battled back, pulling to within two at 33-31 with four seconds left, only to see their game-tying two-point conversion fail.
Boise State whipped Oregon State not only this year but two of the past three seasons. The Broncos demolished OSU 42-14 this season and ran over the Beavers 53-34 in 2004, the other year Boise State made a strong bid for a berth in one of college football's premier four bowl games.
The Broncos were ranked 15th in last week's Bowl Championship Series Standings and are priming for a dual against archrival Fresno State next Wednesday (November 1). Fox Analyst and National Football League Hall of Fame quarterback Terry Bradshaw, who is an alumnus of Western Athletic Conference member Louisiana Tech, will announce the new standings during an NFL broadcast this afternoon.