Five Things to Know About Boise State University
1. Meteoric Rise: Originally a junior college, Boise State became a member of the NAIA in 1968, was accepted to the NCAA in 1969 and began formal NCAA Division II competition in 1970. The Broncos joined Division I-AA (now the Football Championship Subdivision) in 1978 and won the 1980 NCAA title. From there, Boise State became a Division I-A (now the Football Bowl Subdivision) member in 1996 and has thrived at the national level.
2. ‘The Last Great Place In The American West:’ Boise State University is located in the city of Boise, Idaho, which is known for its affordable housing, Western culture and access to the nation’s wildest state. Located at the junction of the western foothills of the Rocky Mountains and the plateau of the high desert, Boise offers a valuable combination of small-city living in an unlimited arena for outdoor activity.
3. Great Coaching: In the course of just six seasons as a college head coach, Boise State’s Chris Petersen, by any measure, is one of the nation’s best. Petersen who takes a career record of 72-6 into the 2011 postseason, has had double-digit wins in each of his six years as head coach and has led the Broncos to top-10 finishes in the Bowl Championship Series four times. His winning percentage of .923 stands as the best of any active FBS coach.
4. Championship Central: Though its history is comparatively young, Boise State boasts a championship haul that would be the envy of just about any team in the nation. The Broncos have won 16 conference championships since 1973, including an incredible run of nine titles in an 11-year span across two conferences. Boise State won eight championships as members of the Western Athletic Conference, two in the Big West Conference and six in the Big Sky Conference.
5. Bowling Trophies: Boise State’s success has carried over to the postseason. The Broncos have been selected to play in the Maaco Bowl Las Vegas this season, marking their 12th bowl appearance since 1999. The Broncos are 7-4 in bowl games, including two wins in Bowl Championship Series games. Boise State’s 43-42 overtime win against Oklahoma in the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl is generally considered one of the greatest college football games of all time, while the Broncos’ 17-10 win against TCU in the 2010 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl capped a 14-0 season and made Boise State just the second team in history to win 14 games in a season.