Boise State withstood a Virginia Tech comeback with a rally of its own Monday night. Now it appears that little is standing in the way of a third BCS bowl appearance by the Broncos, and possibly even a spot in the BCS national title game.
Well ... they still have 11 more games to play, so let's not get too far ahead of ourselves. The Guru did move the Broncos up one spot to No. 2, ahead of a Texas team that was far from commanding in a lackluster victory over Rice.
The Guru's full ballot:
* No major shifting this week on the ballot as just about every ranked team did about what's expected of it. Two teams remain on the ballot despite losing openers: Pittsburgh (at Utah) and Virginia Tech (vs. Boise State).
* It was as ho-hum of an opening weekend as there has been in sometime. Yes, two I-AA teams pulled off upsets on the road at I-A schools (Jacksonville State in 2 OT over Ole Miss; North Dakota State over Kansas), but both of those losers are basically dogmeat programs, so there's no Michigan-oh-my-god-lost-to-Appalachian-State type of shock value.
* Speaking of the Wolverines, next week they'll face Notre Dame in yet another edition of who-can-get-off-the-doldrums tilt between two erstwhile elite programs. If you think the Irish are vastly overrated on the Guru's ballot ... you might be right, but let's wait a week. Last year Notre Dame was beaten nearly single-handedly by Tate Forcier. This year, Forcier might not make it to South Bend if he doesn't stop pouting.
* Fresno State makes an appearance on the Guru's ballot for the first time, at No. 19. The Bulldogs play as competitive a non-conference schedule as anyone in the country, and they may be a credible threat to Boise State when they hook up late in the season.
* Ten teams also received consideration for this week's ballot: North Carolina, Cincinnati, Miami (Fla.), Oregon State, Florida State, Arizona, Auburn, Clemson, Connecticut and Washington.