Boise State and TCU are the two non-AQ favorites to bust into the BCS this season. Are there any other potential non-AQ BCS busters?
1. Navy. The Midshipmen have the triple-option and a unique player running it: Ricky Dobbs, who set the NCAA record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback last season with 27. There are questions -- two new starters on the offensive line, plus the loss of Marcus Curry. The defense has six new starters, too. But the schedule sets up in Navy's favor. After going 10-4 last season, there is the potential to be even better this season.
2. Houston. The nonconference schedule is just as difficult, but the Cougars managed just fine in nonconference games last season. It was conference play that tripped up the Cougars. If the new 3-4 defense shows any sign of improvement, it will be able to complement an already powerful offense behind Case Keenum. But the Cougars are going to have to be perfect, and that could be difficult with games at UCLA, SMU, Southern Miss and Texas Tech, along with a home game against Mississippi State.
3. Utah. The nonconference schedule is tough, but not unmanageable. After opening against Pittsburgh at home, Utah also plays at Iowa State and later in the year at Notre Dame. The conference schedule features home games against TCU and BYU, but it might be tough to get past that nonconference schedule unscathed.