Maybe its the Treasure Valleys unseasonably warm fall or Boise States ongoing search for an offensive identity, but it seems impossible that the Broncos football season is so close to its end.
If the end of the season has snuck up on you, too after all, Thanksgiving is next week! dont worry. Weve got all the key college football dates in one place:
TODAY: SENIOR DAY
Boise State will honor its 23 seniors before kickoff against Colorado State. The class has won 46 games in the past four years. The Broncos can still claim a share of the Mountain West title, reach 10 victories for the seventh straight year and likely secure a spot in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas with two more wins.
DEC. 1: REVENGE IN RENO
The Broncos last trip to Nevada ended with one of the most painful losses in school history. Boise States BCS and national championship hopes were dashed with a 34-31 overtime loss that included two late missed field goals. BSU fans complained about their mistreatment in Reno after the game. There will be a lot less on the line for the Broncos (and Nevada) this time. And, maybe, better relations.
DEC. 2: GOING BOWLING
The Broncos and the rest of college football will find out their official bowl destination. If Oregon, Kansas State and Notre Dame remain undefeated, one will be sorely disappointed Dec. 2.
DEC. 15: START OF BOWL SEASON
Bowl season kicks off with two games, including the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl at Bronco Stadium (2:30 p.m.). Utah State is likely to represent the WAC in the game. The New Mexico Bowl, which will feature a Mountain West team against one from the Pac-12, kicks off at 11 a.m.
DEC. 22: VEGAS BABY
If the Broncos end up in their third consecutive MAACO Bowl Las Vegas, theyll likely face their best opponent yet. Pac-12 teams Stanford, USC and UCLA are options at this point.
JAN. 7: SEC STREAK ENDS?
The SEC has won six consecutive BCS National Championship Games. Barring a string of upsets, the league wont even get a chance to defend its title run in Miami. But dont count out Alabama finding a way into the game somehow.
AUG. 31: AN OLD FRIEND?
The Broncos open the 2013 season at Washington in newly renovated Husky Stadium. Former BSU defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is now with the Huskies, though he may be considered for several head coaching jobs in the offseason.
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