Sixteen.  That's how many years in a row Boise State has appeared in one of the three major College Football polls and after Saturday's overtime thriller, this might be the most gratifying year yet! 

I was texting one of my co-workers during the game on Saturday night when it looked like Boise State was going to pull off the biggest come back in school history.  He stopped watching and went in the other room when we were down 28-3.  We're both pretty superstitious when it comes to football, so I told him keep doing whatever he was doing.  After the game, he sent one word "#ranked" and I completely expected us to be on Sunday morning, but the pollsters weren't bleeding blue.  While they gained some more votes, BSU was on the outside looking in at the Top 25 in both the AP and Coaches Polls. It was beginning to look like the incredible streak of consecutive years ranked the Broncos put together was about to end.

That was until the CFP Ranking show on Tuesday where the playoff committee ranked the Broncos #25, making them the third best Group of Five team in the rankings.  The AAC's Central Florida (#15) and Memphis (#21) rank ahead of Boise State.

So what's that mean for the Broncos? Well, the highest ranked, conference winning Group of Five (AAC, Mountain West, Mid-America, Conference USA and Sunbelt) team, will have a chance to earn a spot in a New Year's Six bowl (most likely the Peach Bowl.) For Boise State to get there, they're going to need Central Florida and Memphis to lose one or more of their remaining games.  They're also going to need to win out against Air Force, Fresno State and win the Mountain West Championship to have a prayer of getting in.

So...you may not want to book your plans for a trip to the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas just yet, because we're going to say it "there's a chance!"  The Broncos will try to snap their three year losing streak against Air Force this Saturday at Albertsons Stadium.  Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. on ESPN 2.