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As you know by now, the first BCS standings debuted with the Broncos at No. 22, six spots back from the magical No. 16 hole they must be in to make a lucrative BCS game. Did anyone else feel a seismic shift in Bronco Nation's expectations on Sunday afternoon? Not only are the Broncos close to qualifying for a BCS bowl but the upcoming schedule features UNLV, Colorado State, San Diego State, and Hawaii. We are all no longer dreading the Broncos being upset with a 9-2 final score. We are making packing lists for Florida in January. What a difference a month makes.
Boise State polls
|Mike Prater||22||24||▲ 2|
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This is what the polls are: BCS rankings (two humans and a compendium of computers), USA Today Coaches' Poll (college football coaches and interns of coaches), Harris Poll (somewhat important people somewhat associated with college football), AP Top 25 (media), Chadd Cripe (Idaho Statesman reporter), Mike Prater (Idaho Statesman sports editor), SB Nation Blogpoll (bloggers), Sagarin Ratings w/ ELO_CHESS (computer), Billingsley (computer), Kenneth Massey (computer), Colley Matrix (computer), Anderson and Hester (computer), Peter Wolfe (computer), and simulated BCS (via SB Nation's Samuel Chi).
The BCS standings use six computers but only count four of them for each team, dropping the highest and lowest ones. For Boise State, that means losing the Billingsley Report (a high of No. 14) and the Wolfe Betamax (a low of No. 24).
How do the Broncos win and gain hardly anything in the polls? Michigan jumped the Broncos in the AP poll. TCU and Texas Tech jumped BSU in the Coaches.
The two biggest Boise State fans in the AP poll are Rob Long of FOX radio in Baltimore and Mark McCarter of the Huntsville (Ala.) Times both of whom have the Broncos at No. 18. A full 24 people, including purported smart person Andy Staples, do not have the Broncos ranked.
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