GAME DAY! #15 Boise State at Idaho 3:00 pm Kickoff
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  • MOSCOW, Idaho - The 15th-ranked Broncos get another opportunity to impress voters when they visit Idaho on Saturday.

    Boise State (7-0, 3-0 WAC) was 15th in the first BCS standings released Sunday, three spots below where it needs to rank to be considered for an at-large berth in one of the BCS bowls.

    Clemson was 12th with a .5042 average, while the Broncos had an average of .4319.

    To have any chance of reaching the 12th spot, Boise State must remain unbeaten while also impressing the pollsters enough to move up in the rankings.
    Sophomore running back Ian Johnson is tied for first in the country with 14 rushing touchdowns and needs two yards to crack the 1,000-yard barrier. Jared Zabransky, who has thrown 11 touchdown passes and only three interceptions, is 16th in the nation with a 156.6 passer rating.

    With those players and having won 40 of their last 43 conference games, the Broncos find themselves circled on every opponent's calendar.

    ''The bull's-eye continues to grow the more we win. We've known that from the start,'' Boise State coach Chris Petersen said.

    Petersen has tried to keep the BCS focus away from his team, saying the standings won't matter if the Broncos lose.

    ''We don't talk about them,'' Petersen said. ''I'm sure (the players) know about them, but it has very little to do with anything right now.''

    The Broncos may have had a minor scare against the Aggies, but they're still scoring 39.3 points per game - sixth in the nation - and their 413.7 yards of total offense are 17th in the country.

    Boise State is one of only seven teams in Division I-A without a loss.

    ''I think this is the best Boise State football team I've ever seen,'' veteran Fresno State coach Pat Hill said. ''They beat a very good Utah team soundly, and they beat Oregon State soundly.''

    Whether or not Petersen and Boise State choose to ignore the BCS standings, the fact remains the Broncos are likely going to have to win big in their remaining five games - all against WAC teams.

    ''Because of their schedule and all the things that are done in these rankings, that's something people look at,'' Idaho coach Dennis Erickson said. ''That's just how it is. Whether you're in the Mountain West or the WAC, any team that's not in the BCS, those things happen.''

    After six straight losing seasons, the Vandals (4-3, 3-0) have turned things around under Erickson, who is back at Idaho after a 20-year absence. Erickson went 32-15 as the Vandals coach from 1982-85 before winning two national titles at Miami and moving on to the NFL, among other coaching jobs.

    Following a 1-3 start this year, Idaho is undefeated in WAC play after finishing 2-6 in its first season in the conference. It's the Vandals' first 3-0 conference start since 1999, when they finished 4-2 in the Big West.

    Idaho forced eight turnovers that resulted in 17 points in a 24-14 win over Louisiana Tech last week, and is over .500 for the first time in seven years.

    The series between these schools is tied 17-17-1, but the Broncos have won the last seven games, including a 70-35 victory last year in Boise.

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