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Boise State 28, BYU 27: What Does It All Mean?


Boise State held on for dear life to come up with a 28-27 win over Boise State. What does it all mean?


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Boise State 28, BYU 27: What Does It All Mean?

Boise State won. Boise State is 7-0. Boise State is still alive and kicking for a shot at a New Year’s Six Bowl slot.

Boise State is out of the College Football Playoff chase.

The Broncos needed to come up with a special, dominant performance in the last real shot at doing something impressive. While they won against a decent BYU team, they turned it over five times, did everything wrong on the final Hail Mary attempt at the end, and generally looked like a very good team, but not a playoff-worthy one, even if it rips through the rest of their mediocre slate, 13-0 isn’t going to be good enough, no matter what.

The resume just won’t be good enough.

Brett Rypien threw for 442 yards, Jeremy McNichols ran for 140 yards and a score and caught five passes for 109 yards and a touchdown, and everything clicked offensively for Boise State – up until the mistakes.

Yeah, it helped that BYU came up with some weird plays, too – going for a fake punt deep inside its own territory was a massive whiff – but the Bronco defense did its job even though the team was a -5 in turnover margin.

But this hasn’t quite been a strong enough Boise State team for the CFP discussion all season long.

It wasn’t just that the Broncos had to go unbeaten – they had to show some pizzazz. They had to show the world that they’re phenomenal and dominant, and it just so happened that the schedule was just okay.

Just beat who’s on your schedule, and as head coach Bryan Harsin said after the game, go 1-0 each week.

Now it’s on to Wyoming for a dangerous trap, and there’s still Air Force and, most likely, San Diego State to deal with in the Mountain West title game if everything works out.

So the playoff dream might not work out. At least Boise State took a big step to potentially get people talking.

And no matter how it looked, being unbeaten just isn’t that bad.