BOISE - After a stunning upset in Laramie, Wyoming Saturday night, the Boise State football team dropped 11 spots to No. 24 in both the AP Top 25 and Amway Coaches Poll. It makes the Broncos' path to a lucrative New Years Six bowl game much more difficult.
The 30-28 loss also put a damper on the team's goal of getting back to the Mountain West championship game. Boise State will likely need to win the rest of their games, while hoping Wyoming loses twice - due to the tie-breaker - over the next four games. Still on the slate for the Cowboys: Utah State, UNLV, San Diego State, and New Mexico.
After the game Saturday night, Boise State coach Bryan Harsin lamented the fact that his team no longer controls its own fate.
"That's probably the biggest thing," he said. "You don't ever want to put yourself in a position that you don't control it. That's really what happened tonight. That's the bottom line."
Senior linebacker Ben Weaver echoed Harsin's frustration, saying all they can do now is move forward.
"You always want to have the control in your hands, the ball in your hands, and it's not anymore for us so all we can do is focus on ourselves, focus on going 1-0 this week with San Jose," Weaver said.
Boise State still has a very slim outside chance of making it to a New Year's Six bowl game, but it would require a lot of help from other teams. In particular, the Broncos would need to make it to - and win - the conference championship game. They would also need Western Michigan (8-0), which is now ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the coaches poll, to lose.
The highest-ranked Group of Five conference champion gets an automatic bid to a New Year's Six bowl game. Boise State and Western Michigan are currently the only ranked Group of Five teams, although Houston (7-2) is first in the "others receiving votes" column.
The Broncos return home to face San Jose State on Friday night. That game kicks at 8:15 p.m., and will be televised on ESPN2.