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The last nonconference game is against another old WAC rival, Fresno State, which has been playing nail to Boise State’s hammer for years now. The Broncos have won nine of 10.

In the MWC, TCU was supposed to be Boise State’s toughest test _ and could still turn out to be. But the Horned Frogs started their season with a 50-48 loss at Baylor on Friday night and their Nov. 12 game will be in Boise.

Boise State is 59-2 at Bronco Stadium since 1999, so good luck with that Frogs.

Fact is, the Broncos might have already peaked _ and that’s what ticks off Boise State supporters. They’ll be favored _ often huge favorites _ in their remaining 11 games. Their lopsided victories will be greeted with a shrug by most poll voters and those big margins don’t even register in the BCS computer rankings, which are programmed more to pay lip service to sportsmanship more than to determine the best teams.

What Boise State needs to reach the BCS title game _ in addition to going unbeaten _ is for Georgia to right itself and reach the SEC title game, TCU to avoid another loss and maybe for Nevada, Fresno State or Air Force to pull off an upset or two _ just not against the Broncos.

Meanwhile, the debate will rage. And thanks to a postseason system that allows only two teams to play for the national championship, it’s unlikely anything will get resolved.


BIGGER, YES. BETTER?: Forget Texas and Oklahoma. A few more weekends like this and Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott might be putting in calls to the Packers and Patriots to see if they’d like to join his conference.

In addition to the 40-27 thumping two-time defending league champion Oregon took in Dallas to LSU, Oregon State lost 29-28 in OT to FCS member Sacramento State; Washington barely beat Eastern Washington; UCLA lost 38-34 at Houston; Hawaii beat Colorado 34-17; and Southern California squeaked by Minnesota 19-17.

Not a great start

As for the possible looming demise of the Big 12 if the Sooners and Longhorns decide to leave for the Pac-12, a big question seems to be whether the Longhorn Network would preclude Texas from going West.

Texas wanting its own cable network was a deal breaker when university officials and Scott were working to create a 16-team super conference last year.

Blogger and attorney Kristi Dosh, aka SportsBizMiss of, analyzed Texas’ contract with ESPN and came to the conclusion that there’s nothing in it that can’t be worked out if the Longhorns and Pac-12 want to get hitched.


NOT SO STUNNING: Yet another team with no tradition or pedigree entered the hallowed grounds of Notre Dame Stadium and beat the Fighting Irish.

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