- Andrea Adelson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Boise State is more than the hottest team among non-AQ conferences. The Broncos are the hottest team in America.
Think about it for a second. They are coming off an undefeated season and are now one of the hottest topics of discussion going into 2010. With a No. 5 preseason ranking in the coaches' poll, one of the biggest storylines to watch is whether the Broncos can be the first non-AQ team to make it into the BCS championship game -- right up there with the question about Alabama repeating.
Everybody has an opinion on this, everybody wants to debate this. What if they win their opener against Virginia Tech and go undefeated again? Are the Broncos worthy despite their weak WAC schedule? Would a one-loss team from a power conference trump them into the title game? Is it about time to end the conjecture and allow one of these non-AQ teams the opportunity to prove itself in a title game?
Boise State appears to have the best shot of any non-AQ team in the BCS era. The top-5 ranking helps. So does the return of 20 starters, including quarterback Kellen Moore, who already is receiving Heisman buzz. The offense has been stellar, and the defense showed in the Fiesta Bowl against TCU it can hold its own, too. There are high-profile wins in their past: Oregon last year, Oklahoma in 2007. Virginia Tech would be another.
The Broncos have gone undefeated in the regular season three times in the past four seasons. They are 26-1 in their last 27 games. They have the best winning percentage of any team in the country since 2000, going 112-17 (.868). That includes 49-4 since 2006.
Yes, Boise State is more than hot. Try scorching.