No. 14 Boise State is sitting at 5-0 and is the highest-ranked Group of Five team in the latest AP Top 25 poll, which gives it at least an outside shot at the College Football Playoff. Contrary to fellow Group of Five power UCF, Boise State isn't going to kick and scream about inclusion into the four-team event.
"I'm not sure we factor into the playoff, to be honest with you," athletic director Curt Apsey told ESPN.
Why? Because he recognizes the obvious scheduling differences.
"We don't really focus that much on that sort of pie in the sky, be a part of the College Football Playoff and all that kind of thing," he said. "Because we know what we have to do in order to just be considered for that. If you have a 12-0 Boise State and, say, you have a 10-2 Alabama. ... We beat everyone in our conference and we beat Marshall and we beat Portland State. I'll be honest with you, I kinda get [selecting Alabama]. I really do."
The Broncos topped Marshall 14-7 in Week 2 and Portland State 45-10 the following week.