2010 Bowl Projections: With BCS Hopes Dashed, Boise State May Stay Home

Boise State's dramatic, heart-breaking loss to Nevada on Friday night was the death blow to the Broncos' BCS hopes.

Entering that game, the Broncos had a chance to earn the automatic berth for the highest-rated team from a non-BCS automatic qualifier conference and a slimmer chance to earn a BCS at-large berth as a highly-rated unbeaten team; now, with a loss, both of those hopes have evaporated.

Instead of those lofty perches, Boise State now finds itself in prime position to stay home for the holidays. Nevada's win also gave the Wolf Pack a share of the WAC championship, and Nevada might be the more appealing candidate for one of the WAC's two highest-profile bowls, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, because of its proximity to San Francisco. That and the rather poor chances that the city of Boise would welcome its hometown team's conquerors to the area with open arms might conspire to send the Wolf Pack to the Bay Area, while Boise State stays in Boise for its first Humanitarian Bowl berth since 2005.

And for a team that has two BCS bowl victories in the past five years and had an outside shot at the BCS National Championship Game this year, that would be an ignominious end to a reign as the college football landscape's biggest mid-major.

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