November 30, 2006
Boise, ID (CSTV U-WIRE) -- Boise State's season-long journey finally ended at "BCS-ville" last weekend, with its clinching victory over Nevada. The team did everything in its power to prove to people across the nation that it deserves the national spotlight.
Now the coaches, players and Bronco fans can all enjoy a little slice of football bliss, knowing that "the little team that could" finally earned its ticket to the Bowl Championship Series. The Broncos moved all the way up to No. 8 in the most recent BCS polls.
The ranking was a surprise to many simply because there aren't many mid-major conference teams that earn a top ten ranking by season's end.
No one is absolutely certain where or who Boise State will play in its BCS game, but you can be certain BSU will be playing in one to cap off its magnificent season.
"We are [enjoying it]," Boise State Head Coach Chris Petersen said. "This week and part of next week I want the kids to focus in on school and really enjoy all the work they've put in. It's not even just this year. For some of these seniors it's been a five-year grind and a five-year process. I want them to take time to smell the roses."
Even with the speculation mill hard at work, the Broncos' fate won't fully be decided until the other conferences' championship games are over. At this point, most experts believe that BSU will be playing in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl Jan. 1 in Glendale, Ariz.
If BSU does attend the Fiesta Bowl, it will be pitted against the champion from the Big 12 Conference. The Big 12 championship game is being played between BCS ranked No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 20 Nebraska.
Of course anything is subject to change at this point, but it gives BSU a good idea of what's next on its agenda.
"We're in the process of putting the calendar together right now," Petersen said.
"I think we've got a pretty decent plan. Half of it will be dedicated to the young guys and give them extra work while the other guys are still staying sharp. The other half with be on the game."
Not only did Boise State clinch a thrilling BCS bid, it won the WAC Championship for the fifth straight season - which is another huge milestone for the program.
Coach Petersen attributes a lot of his success to the work former BSU Coaches Dirk Koetter and Dan Hawkins did in their time at Boise State.
"Much credit goes to those predecessors," Petersen said.
"They scratched and clawed to get this program to the next level.
"Taking over has just done a little bit more. I've talked to those guys [Koetter and Hawkins] and everybody is just so happy to be a Bronco. They're just as much a part of the whole deal as we are here today."
Things will really begin to take a new twist for the BSU Football Program because now that the regular season is over a few new issues are on the plate. First BSU will be preparing for the first BCS bowl game in school history. Second, Coach Petersen's staff will have to focus more on recruiting.
"The ride continues. In some ways it really starts now because we've got football and recruiting," Petersen said. "I will say this: I don't want to get away from the type of guy that's got us where we're at. The blue-collar guy, the guy that might be over-looked, that might be a little too short or a step too slow but that's got a heart the size of this room. We've got to make sure we do our [part] and get those types of guys here."
For Petersen and his team, the 2006 season will surely go down as one of the greatest seasons in school history. They'll be rewarded for their efforts come early Jan. So take your time and smell those roses Coach Pete - you've earned it
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