No. 16 Boise State

Remember the days when Boise State was the quintessential little school, taking on the powers in college football such as Oklahoma--and winning.


Well, a 50-17 record over the past five years has changed the perception of the Broncos. Now it is an upset when Boise LOSES a game. The Broncos even went through a two season stretch whey they couldn't even win their own league (Mountain West Conference).[membership level="0"] The rest of this article is available to subscribers only - to become a subscriber click here.[/membership] [membership]

But after an 11-3 season and a win over Oregon in the Las Vegas Bowl, Coach Bryan Harsin's team looks like it has the right stuff to put Boise as one of the favorites to be the top team from the Group of 5 to earn an automatic spot in one of the six college football playoff bowls.

Start with QB Brett Rypien, who is 224 yards shy of breaking the 10,000 career yards mark. Put that in a package with 17 other starters and a schedule that is not a rankings breaking challenge and you have a formula for success.

Oh, making an unbeaten run like UCF did last season looks like a stretch because Boise must travel to Oklahoma State in September. Other than that, however, Boise should be favored in every game it plays.

If the Broncos can avoid major injuries and Rypien stays healthy, too, Boise should be in a New Year's bowl flexing its muscles against a Power 5 heavyweight.[/membership]