Each year I have done a 'Road to the BCS' style post pointing out what games could affect any Mountain West team and their chances in earning a BCS bid. In the first week of college football games there are a few games that can effect the outcome of a Mountain West school to earn a spot. First off, the team must go undefeated to earn a spot.
In the simulated BCS standings Boise State comes in at a strong No. 18 and ahead of any Big East team.
As for the games:
Friday Aug. 31:
No. 24 Boise St. Broncos at No. 13 Michigan St. Spartans, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Rooting interest: Duh, Boise State. A win here sets the stage for a possible BCS run.
Saturday Sept. 1:
No. 14 Auburn Tigers vs. Clemson Tigers (Atlanta) 7 p.m. ET, ESPN
Rooting interest: Clemson, an upset here will go a long way in helping any Mountain West team move up. With Clemson coming off that embarrassing loss to West Virginia in the Orange Bowl, they really need this game.
No. 2 Alabama Crimson Tide vs. No. 8 Michigan Wolverines (Arlington, Texas), 8 p.m. ET, ABC
Rooting interest: With the two teams ranked in the top 10, having Alabama win makes the most sense since they have the chance to move back up in the polls after a loss. Expecte Alabama to win anyways.
Monday Sept. 3:
Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at No. 18 Virginia Tech Hokies, 8 p.m. ET, ESPN
Rooting interest: Georgia Tech, they have the triple option offense to move the ball against any team.
So, there are only four games that will affect the BCS race this week, so do not expect more games on this list until conference play begins. A Virginia Tech drops them out of the rankings, and likely puts Georgia Tech in them.
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