I keep hearing a lot of chatter and speculation about Boise State’s BCS bowl hopes and if the Broncos are headed to the Fiesta Bowl.

But something tells me that Boise State’s bowl destination shouldn’t be the biggest concern right now. A more pressing worry for the Broncos might be figuring out to how win the Western Athletic Conference title.

The Broncos’ BCS hopes could be trampled by the red-hot Nevada Wolf Pack, perhaps the best running team this side of the Jamaican 4 x 100 relay team led by Usain Bolt.  

Nevada leads the nation in rushing (373.2 yards per game) and has three players over 1,000 rushing yards, the first time that has ever happened in major college football history.

Vai Taua has 1,185 yards, quarterback Colin Kaepernick has 1,129 and Luke Lippincott has 1,028. Nevada has topped 300 rushing yards in eight consecutive contests and has accumulated more than 500 in two of the past three games.

The Wolf Pack has won all eight of those games and are 8-3 overall and 7-0 in the WAC. They are technically a half-game ahead of Boise State (11-0, 6-0). Nevada has scored 278 points over the past five games, an amazing 55.6 average.

Count on Boise State to be tested. The Wolf Pack rank as the second-best team the Broncos have played this season — Oregon, which Boise State beat, qualifies as the best.

At least the Broncos are playing a quality opponent that ranks a few steps ahead of their typical schedule, a slate that I believe has included Gingerbread State University, Cupcake University and Cotton Candy Tech.

Nevada not only belongs on the same field as Boise State, but it wouldn’t rank as a surprise if the Wolf Pack prevails.

Boise State, behind quarterback Kellen Moore, is a much better passing team and has two impressive wideouts in Austin Pettis and Titus Young. Nevada has struggled to stop the pass, allowing 286.3 yards per game, so it figures that the Broncos will score a bunch of points.

The last time these two teams played in Boise, the game went four overtimes in 2007 with Boise State prevailing 69-67.

Yeah, that really is a football score — not a basketball encounter.

So it should be an exciting night of fireworks at Bronco Stadium and the winner will be celebrating a WAC title. There’s just uncertainty on whether that will be Boise State … or if it might be Nevada.

Set aside the BCS talk and stop with wondering whether Oklahoma State will get a Fiesta Bowl bid over the Broncos. None of that matters if Boise State doesn’t beat Nevada.


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