Broncos 10-2 but not in BCS frenzy

Boise State is go­ing back to Ve­gas bowl na­tion­ally ranked.

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Once again, Boise State is in Las Ve­gas for a bowl game to end yet an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son. Un­like pre­vi­ous years, though, no one is talk­ing about where the Broncos should really be.

There is no BCS con­tro­versy for the Broncos coming into to­day’s Las Ve­gas Bowl against Washington. No talk about Boise State be­ing in the chase for a na­tional ti­tle, ei­ther.

But if this sea­son is what re­build­ing is all about, coach Chris Petersen will gladly take it.

“Part of the prob­lem with sports to­day, par­tic­u­larly col­lege foot­ball, is that you do well and that sets the bar high,” Petersen said. “In our case, it’s set so high that any­thing but a per­fect sea­son is looked upon dif­fer­ently.”

Petersen’s team wasn’t per­fect this year, though the Broncos aren’t com­plain­ing about a 10-2 record and a na­tional rank­ing. Not af­ter los­ing six starters from last year to the NFL draft and hav­ing to find a quar­ter­back to re­place Kellen Moore, who went 50-3 as a four-year starter.

Still, the year could have been even bet­ter had the Broncos not lost a 21-19 game at home to San Diego State that might have kept them out of a big­ger bowl game.

“Win one more game and we’re in the BCS,” Petersen said. Thurs­day’s game BYU 23, San Diego State 6: Line­backer Kyle Van Noy forced a fum­ble in the end zone and re­cov­ered it for a touch­down, then he scored on a 17-yard in­ter­cep­tion re­turn, both in the fourth quar­ter, to lead BYU over San Diego State at the Poin­set­tia Bowl in San Diego. The big plays swung the mo­men­tum for the Cougars (8-5) in what had been a te­dious de­fen­sive strug­gle. The Aztecs (9-4) missed the chance for their first 10-win sea­son since 1977 and had its seven-game win­ning streak snapped.

Ohio State: The Buck­eyes’ 2013 spring game will be played at Paul Brown Sta­dium in Cincin­nati on April 13 be­cause of ren­o­va­tions at Ohio Sta­dium.

Stan­ford: Nose guard Ter­rence Stephens was de­clared in­el­i­gi­ble for the Rose Bowl against Wis­con­sin be­cause of a sec­ondary vi­o­la­tion of NCAA rules re­lated to his ren­tal of off-cam­pus hous­ing. The se­nior missed the reg­u­lar-sea­son fi­nale and the Pac-12 Cham­pi­onship game against UCLA for what coach David Shaw called a “per­sonal prob­lem.” Stephens has 10 tack­les, one sack and one forced fum­ble this sea­son.

Wis­con­sin: Gary An­der­sen was for­mally in­tro­duced Fri­day as the new head coach at Wis­con­sin and he made it clear right away that he will be more of a “fly on the wall” as the Badgers pre­pare for the Jan. 1 Rose Bowl game against Stan­ford. That’s be­cause his boss, ath­letic di­rec­tor Barry Al­varez, is han­dling coach­ing du­ties at the re­quest of the play­ers fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Bret Bielema for Arkansas. That al­lows An­der­sen, who left Utah State af­ter four years, to pre­pare for next sea­son.

“Th­ese kids need to go win a Rose Bowl,” An­der­sen said.

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