Much like last year, Boise State is the Cinderella team that seemed poised to go to the big dance, yet its BCS ticket was once again lost as the result of a field goal. This year, a missed attempt by the Broncos sealed its fate against Texas Christian University, handing head coach Chris Petersen’s squad the only loss of its season and knocking the team out of contention for a BCS bowl game. While a crushing disappointment for this talented squad, the Broncos are still a lock to display their exciting brand of mid-major football in one of the holiday bowls.
To describe Boise State as an offensive powerhouse would be accurate, but it would also overlook the fact that the team has a solid defensive unit which has contributed to the Broncos’ 8-1 record. Racking up 475 yards per game, the offense is ranked 14th nationally in passing and 43rd in rushing with a healthy 177 yards during each outing. As prolific as the 7th ranked scoring unit has been, the defense has been bruising, allowing only 18.9 point each contest for 15th place in the national ranking. The defense has allowed opponents to score over 21 only once, while the offense has put up at least 30 points in every game.
As time expired and a potential game-winning field goal by Boise State sailed wide in the TCU game, the Broncos chances at a BCS game went with it. That said, this talented team will be playing over the holidays, with its most likely destination being San Diego, California for December 21st showdown against Louisiana Tech in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl. Although Cinderella won’t be invited to the big dance, this talented team from Idaho will still have the opportunity to thrill the crowd at one of this year’s college bowl games.