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BRONCOS RANKED NO. 4 IN FIRST BOWL CHAMPIONSHIP SERIES STANDINGS FOR 2009

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            BOISE, Idaho - The first Bowl Championship Series standings for the 2009 season has been released and Boise State University (6-0) is No. 4, the highest BCS rankings in the school history.

            The No. 4 ranking is also the highest the Broncos have ever been ranked in any type of major college football poll.  Boise State has been fifth the past few weeks in the Associated Press or USA Today Coaches polls, depending the week and ranking, but never as high as fourth. 

            In the three polls that are used for the BCS rankings all have Boise State at No. 5.  The Broncos are fifth in the coaches' poll, the Harris Interactive poll and the computer rankings, which averages six different computer rankings.

            Florida is No. 1 in the BCS standings followed by Alabama and Texas.  Cincinnati is fifth with Iowa, USC, TCU, LSU and Miami (Fla.) rounding out the top 10.

            Prior to today's announcement, the highest Boise State had ever been ranked in the BCS was seventh late in the 2004 season.  The Broncos were ranked eighth in the final 2006 regular season BCS poll, which gained Boise State a berth into the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma.  The final BCS poll each season comes at the end of the regular season.  The BCS does not issue a ranking following completion of the postseason bowls.

            In the coaches' poll this week, Boise State moved up one position to fifth following its 28-21 win at Tulsa last Wednesday (Oct. 14).  The Broncos fell one spot from fifth to sixth in the AP poll.  The Associated Press rankings do not count in the BCS standings.

            There was a change at the top of one of the two national polls.  Alabama moved past Florida into the top spot of the media poll, while the Gators remaining No. 1 in the coaches poll. 

            Boise State plays its fourth road game in five weeks this Saturday (Oct. 24) when the Broncos travel halfway across the Pacific to face the University of Hawai'i.  Kickoff is set for 5:00 p.m. (HT), 9:00 p.m. (MT).