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BCS Rankings Week 9: Boise State, Houston Remain Only Non-BCS Conference Teams

Anyone expecting a number of BCS party crashers has surely been disappointed with the first two releases of the BCS rankings. In Week 9's BCS rankings, only the Boise St. Broncos and the Houston Cougars crack the top 25. But at this point, we can't really consider the Broncos a BCS crasher since they've been doing this for years as part of the WAC and now the Mountain West.

The path ahead of the Broncos, though, is a tough one. At No. 4, they are roughly one full point behind the Oklahoma St. Cowboys for the third spot (0.8302 to 0.924). The Cowboys do have a tough matchup against Kansas State coming in a couple of weeks, and should they survive that the Cowboys will have an end-of-the-season contest with the Oklahoma Sooners. LSU and Alabama face off in two weeks, but the Broncos might not be able to jump over the one-loss team. The Broncos will also need to win out, including games against TCU and San Diego State.

The Houston Cougars, though, moved from No. 19 to No. 17 this week, but the 7-0 team faces no ranked opponents and would need a miracle to move into the top 12 to have a shot at an at-large bid.

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