2011 marks the first season since Boise State entered the national debate with its 2007 Fiesta Bowl victory over Oklahoma that numerous national sports pundits (read: Bowl Championship Series auto-qualifying school sycophants) aren’t predicting the Bronco’s downfall. An annual 'predicted' Cinderella letdown where they will be relegated back to their non-elite status returning to the pack of the 'have-nots' and to be once again classified as just another 'mid-major'. A return to the way things should be for the BCS AQ teams - a college football existence absent of institutional 'maggots' feeding on the multi-million dollar spoils that comes with privilege.
Well, not quite. The college football flat world society did start the nay-saying earlier in the year, sic "Gaping holes at wide-receiver with the loss to graduation of stand-outs Titus Young and Austin Pettis and the defensive line and secondary with the graduation of Ryan Winterswyk and Jeron Johnson respectively among various other significant contributors." However, despite some critical prognostication, the general assessment by many of the traditional AQ media apologists, as if studying sails on the horizon…wondering, seem to be measuring their words. And rightly so, if this year's preseason watch lists are any indication.