The trusty BCS Guru sends along word that a berth to a Bowl Championship Series game could be on the line Nov. 23 when Boise State and Hawaii play in Honolulu. How is this possible? Bronco and Warrior fans will be cheering for the Wolverines to beat the Buckeyes and win the Big Ten, likely kicking in the top 16 clause.
That clause specifies that any non-BCS member will qualify for a BCS bid if it finishes in the top 16, as long as it is ahead of a BCS conference winner. As the Guru points points out, that is a much easier path than being in the top 12 for the automatic bid.
This clause has not only sparked life into Hawaii's chances, but Boise State's as well. Hawaii is currently 16th in the BCS and Boise is 18th, both ahead of No. 21 Michigan.
Writes the Guru: "It's difficult to see the Wolverines leapfrog either team now that the Buckeyes have also slipped to No. 7 in the BCS standings."
Now Hawaii has a toughie coming up Friday at Nevada, and no decision has been made on Colt Brennan, who has been sitting out practice after suffering a concussion against Fresno State. A decision on Brennan has to be made by Wednesday, according to Stephen Tsai of the Honolulu Advertiser. That is when the Warriors depart for Reno.
Boise plays host to Idaho and the Broncos are 34-point favorites.