Even after a season opening loss to Michigan State, the Boise State football team still has a shot at a BCS bid. While any and all scenarios hinge on the Broncos winning out, here is who you should root for in order to help their chances of playing in January.
Boise State’s BCS chances: 5%
No. 11 *Michigan State at Central Michigan - 1:30 p.m.
TV: ESPNU/Watch ESPN
Following their season-opening win over Boise State, the Spartans will head out on the road to face in-state rival Central Michigan.
Even though the Chippewas are just 6-18 over the last two seasons, Michigan State must be careful not to look ahead to home dates with No. 22 Notre Dame and No. 14 Ohio State in the coming weeks.
Root for the Spartans to ride runningback Le’Veon Bell to a blowout win.
Southern Illinois at *Miami (OH) - 11:00 p.m.
Prior to next week’s matchup on The Blue, Miami (OH) will look for their first win of the season when they host Southern Illinois.
Root for Redhawks quarterback Zach Dysert and wide receiver Nick Hartwell to wear out a weak Salukis defense.
Weber State at *BYU - 1:00 p.m.
TV: BYU TV
BYU sure did look impressive in their 30-6 season-opening win over Washington State last week.
Root for the Cougars to continue their physical style of play and blow out FCS-foe Weber State. The hope here is BYU is undefeated and ranked when they visit Boise on September 20 for a Thursday night showdown on ESPN.
*New Mexico at No. 17 Texas - 6:00 p.m.
TV: Longhorn Network
New Mexico kicked off the Bob Davie era in style last week by hanging 66 points on the board. I know it was against FCS opponent Southern University, but considering the Lobos struggles over the last few seasons, I’m sure they will take it.
Root for New Mexico to duplicate last week’s performance on the ground (347 yards rushing) against No. 17 Texas today (as impossible as it may seem.)
*Fresno State at No. 4 Oregon - 4:30 p.m.
TV: Pac-12 Network
Fresno State could be a scary matchup for Oregon.
Again, could be.
The Ducks allowed 34 points to Arkansas State last week, and the Bulldogs have better offensive playmakers. If new head coach Tim DeRuyter can find balance with quarterback Derek Carr through the air and runningback Robbie Rouse on the ground, they may be able to limit the Oregon offense by keeping them on the sidelines.
Root for Fresno State to rekindle their old “Giant Killer” mentality and finally maximize the immense amount of talent they have on offense (although the Ducks have a lot more).
Northern Arizona at *UNLV - 8:00 p.m.
UNLV has really struggled over the last few years and hopefully they can extrapolate at least least a few positives out of their 30-27 three overtime loss to Minnesota last week. It would be very easy to get down after coming oh-so-close to just their fifth victory in their last 26 games.
Root for the Rebels to get a win this week though as they welcome Northern Arizona down to Henderson, Nevada.
Toledo at *Wyoming - 2:00 p.m.
Wyoming hung around for most of the first half in their season opener with No. 15 Texas, and even led after the first quarter. But in the end, the Longhorns churned out 280 yards on the ground and were able to pull away, 37-17.
Root for Wyoming quarterback Brett Smith to get in a bit of a shootout at home this week against Toledo, with the Cowboys offense proving they have a little more fire power.
Army at San Diego State - 5:30 p.m.
TV: NBC Sport Network
San Diego State almost pulled off an upset on the road last week at Washington, but some highly scrutinized kicking decisions by head coach Rocky Long helped aid a 21-12 loss.
Root for the Aztecs to bounce back against Army’s vaunted option attack today, as the Black Knights hit the field for the first time this season.
North Dakota State at *Colorado State - 5:00 p.m.
Colorado State opened up last week with a big win over in-state rival Colorado. While first-year head coach Jim McElwain must now guard against an emotional letdown, the task gets much easier with FCS-foe North Dakota State.
Root for the Rams to start the season off 2-0 by rolling the Bison, who are a surprising 5-3 against FBS opponents since 2006.
South Florida at *Nevada - 1:35 p.m.
TV: CBS Sports Network
South Florida has been tabbed by some as a sleeper team this season, while Nevada themselves are coming off a 31-24 victory over California.
Root for the Wolf Pack in this one - as hard as it may be - with the hopes of a top 25 showdown between them and Boise State to wrap up the regular season on December 3 in Reno.
#7SportsInsider: It would be nice if Nevada lost somewhere along the way, but against a non-conference opponent is not the place for it to happen. Wait until league play starts to cheer against them (but again, just not not too much because we need them to be ranked).
Bye: *Southern Miss and *Hawai’i
*2012 Boise State Opponents
Air Force - Just because they are not on the schedule for Boise State this year does not mean we should not root for them. They face No. 19 Michigan in Ann Harbor today. A win would be good for the Mountain West Conference.