The preseason polls have been out for a while now. With the college football season opening tonight, I thought I’d recap the non-BCS teams in the preseason top 25, to see if we can find who will be the team that the BCS tries to hold out of the big bowls.
Non-BCS Teams in the Preseason AP Top 25
16. BYU (Wow, isn’t it amazing that in the preseason, only 1 non-BCS team makes it in to the top 25 poll)
So, what are the chances that BYU can bust the BCS bubble this year? Of course most of their conference games will be tough just because of the intensity of conference games. This is a factor regardless of whether a team is in a BCS conference or not. BYU is returning a nine starters on offense, including a nice quarterback in Max Hall.
BYU starts off with a home game against Northern Iowa on August 30. For those of you who think this is a gimme game, you should really do a little research on Northern Iowa. They went to the quarterfinals in the top division in college football that has a real national championship.
After the Northern Iowa game, BYU travels to Washington. This is not the Huskies of past years that was a perennial bowl contender, but they are surely a worthy challenge. Game 3 can be a real telling story for the Cougars as they welcome the Bruins of UCLA to Provo. Time will tell if this is a real challenge or not, but if you buy Rick Neuheisel’s boasts, this will be a tremendous challenge for the Cougars, and one that would be a nice feather in the cap come BCS bowl selection time. I personally don’t think UCLA will be “the” team in Los Angeles this year, but I do like his approach to getting in USC’s face.
Beyond BYU, there are several non-BCS teams on the cusp of the top 25. Fresno State is the closest, coming in at #27. After listening to their coach being interviewed last night, I have to think they will be in the top 25 very shortly in the season (maybe week 2). Utah and Boise St received some consideration, but will ultimately have to finish undefeated or with a single loss to have even a remote chance at BCS bowl consideration.
I plan on getting a full dose of college football tonight! Here’s to a great season (BCS jerks or not!).