College Football Rankings: Boise State On Outside Looking In Prior To First BCS Standings

Boise State is fifth in the Week 8 AP Poll and seventh in the Week 8 USA Today coaches poll. That's not good enough for the Broncos' national championship dreams.

The Broncos are projected to be No. 5 in the initial BCS rankings of 2011, but they, unlike the teams in BCS automatic qualifier conferences, face a critical lack of rigor in the rest of their schedule. The only other team in the AP Poll or coaches poll top 10 to not have a top-10 team left on its schedule is Clemson, and the Tigers have wins over Auburn and Virginia Tech and top-15 squad South Carolina left to play.

Boise State's best win is over Georgia, which creeps back into the AP Poll at No. 24. The Broncos can win out and play in a BCS bowl fairly easily. But that wasn't Boise State's goal or hope.

For more on the Week 8 college football rankings, check out our comprehensive StoryStream.

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