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ESPN: Boise State a ‘sleeper’ candidate for College Football Playoff

Boise State running back Devan Demas dives for a touchdown Sept. 18 against Idaho State at Albertsons Stadium. The Broncos are pegged by ESPN as a sleeper candidate for the four-team College Football Playoff.
Boise State running back Devan Demas dives for a touchdown Sept. 18 against Idaho State at Albertsons Stadium. The Broncos are pegged by ESPN as a sleeper candidate for the four-team College Football Playoff.

It’s June, so that means prime time for college football debate to keep the summer doldrums at bay. That naturally means one topic will center around who truly will have a shot at the four-team College Football Playoff.

ESPN has profiled five teams that it says has an outside chance at the CFP, and the final one it chose Monday: the Boise State Broncos. Check out the story here (Insider access needed).

Without completely copying and pasting the article, here are the key reasons why the Broncos could reach the CFP: 40 points per game potential, a leading Lou Groza Award candidate at kicker, a highly favorable schedule could lead to a lot of blowout wins and history is on their side.

Earlier this month, ESPN’s Sharon Katz took an analytical look at the season and determined Boise State should have the seventh-highest point differential per game, winning by an average of 15.1 points per game. The Worldwide Leader’s Football Percentage Index ranks the Broncos 36th.

It isn’t just ESPN that is showing CFP love for the Broncos: Pete Fiutak from Campus Insiders has the Broncos in the playoff with LSU, Oklahoma and Ohio State.

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Also, Boise State announced Monday its softball game will return after two years away.

Below is the release:

A staple of summers’ past in the Treasure Valley, the Boise State football team is bringing back the Summer Classic Softball Game.

Following a two-year hiatus, the Summer Classic will return to the Boise Hawks’ Memorial Stadium, July 20 at 7 p.m.

Gates will open at 5 p.m., and the teams will square off in a Home Run Derby at 6 p.m. Following the softball game, the Bronco football team will sign autographs for fans in attendance.

The game will pit the Broncos’ offense against the defense, with senior wide receiver Thomas Sperbeck serving as team captain for the offense, and redshirt senior linebacker Ben Weaver serving as captain for the defense.

Tickets to the game are $10 for adults and $6 for youth (high school and younger).

Additional details, including where to purchase tickets to the game, will be released at a later date.

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Boise State’s 2016 football schedule

▪ Sept. 3 (Saturday): at Louisiana, time and TV TBD

▪ Sept. 10 (Saturday): Washington State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

▪ Sept. 17: BYE

▪ Sept. 24 (Saturday): at Oregon State, time and TV TBD

▪ Oct. 1 (Saturday): Utah State, time and TV TBD (ESPN Networks)

▪ Oct. 7 (Friday): at New Mexico, 7 p.m. (CBSSN)

▪ Oct. 15 (Saturday): Colorado State, time and TV TBD (ESPN Networks)

▪ Oct. 20 (Thursday): BYU, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN)

▪ Oct. 29 (Saturday): at Wyoming, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)

▪ Nov. 4 (Friday): San Jose State, 8:15 p.m. (ESPN2)

▪ Nov. 12 (Saturday): at Hawaii, 5 p.m. (CBSSN)

▪ Nov. 18 (Friday): UNLV, 7 p.m. (ESPN2)

▪ Nov. 25 (Friday): at Air Force, 1:30 p.m. (CBSSN)

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