The college basketball season has been over for just a week, but it did not take ESPN long to start talking college football and Boise State University is already a major discussion point.
ESPN's College Football Live announced its preseason Top 25 for 2010 this past week and the Broncos are No. 3 behind No. 1 and defending national champion Alabama and No. 2 Ohio State.
This is the highest preseason ranking ever by a major media outlet for the Broncos. Last season Boise State began the season ranked No. 14 by the Associated Press and No. 16 in the USA Today Coaches preseason polls. The Broncos would finish the 2009 season undefeated at 14-0 and ranked No. 4 in the final polls.
Two of Boise State's opponents next season were also ranked among the top 25 teams in the early ESPN poll.
The Bronco's opening opponent Virginia Tech is ranked No. 5, while Oregon State is No. 20. Boise State faces Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 (Monday) at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, while the Broncos host Oregon State on Sept. 25 (Saturday) at Bronco Stadium. Both games will be broadcast live by ESPN.
Positioned in-between Boise State and Virginia Tech is the University of Texas at No. 4. The rest of ESPN's preseason top 10 includes No. 6 TCU (who the Broncos defeated in last year's Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, 17-10) followed by Florida, Iowa, Nebraska and Oregon (another team Boise State defeated last year, 19-8).
Boise State is in its final week of spring drills and will close out its practice with the annual Spring Game on Saturday (April 17) beginning at 3:00 p.m. in Bronco Stadium.
Following is the complete ESPN preseason top 25 rankings.
2. Ohio State
3. Boise State
5. Virginia Tech
13. Miami (Fla.)
17. Georgia Tech
19. Penn State
20. Oregon State
21. Florida State
25. North Carolina