BCS: Boise State keeps moving up
NEW YORK — Boise State pushed closer to TCU in the latest BCS standings and seems primed to pass the Horned Frogs with one more big victory.
Oregon and Auburn were still atop of the standings Sunday. Both were off last week, as was third-place TCU.
Boise State routed Fresno State, 51-0, on Friday night, which helped the Broncos gain support in the Harris and coaches’ polls. Boise State was already third in both polls, a spot ahead of TCU, last week. But coming off the blowout victory, the Broncos extended their points lead on the Horned Frogs.
Boise State’s computer ranking also went up this week to fifth for a BCS average of .8860.
TCU is fourth in both polls and third in the computer rankings with a BCS average of .8995.
What Boise State has going for it is its schedule. The Broncos play two more games to TCU’s one, including Boise State’s biggest Western Athletic Conference game of the season.
The Broncos play at Nevada, which is 19th in the latest standings, on Friday. A victory against the high-scoring Wolf Pack should give Boise State another boost. Of course, that victory isn’t assured.
As for TCU, it finishes its regular season at lowly Mountain West Conference rival New Mexico — a game that isn’t likely to help the Horned Frogs on its own much no matter how lopsided a victory they post.
The third spot in the BCS standings is important for two reasons. Both Oregon and Auburn have tough opponents left on their schedules; if either drops a game, there’s a good chance that Boise State or TCU would become the first team from a conference without an automatic BCS bid to play in the BCS title game.
Oregon still plays Arizona and Oregon State. Auburn plays rival Alabama and South Carolina in the SEC title game.
Even if the title game is out, the Broncos and Horned Frogs are competing for an automatic BCS bid that could mean a trip to the Rose Bowl. The team that doesn’t get the automatic bid could get left out of the BCS altogether.