If not for an uncharacteristic fourth-quarter collapse in the second game, Boise State would be undefeated, likely ranked and in the early conversation about teams that could be in line for a Group of Five bid to one of the big-money bowl games.
Instead, there are more complaints than praise about how the Broncos have looked in getting to 2-1 headed into Friday's home game against Virginia.
It's the first time in the regular season that a team from the ACC has ventured West to face the Broncos. Boston College played Boise State in 2005 in the MPC Computers Bowl. But it's not an unfamiliar trip for Virginia coach Bronco Mendenhall, who went to Boise a number of times when he was the head coach at BYU.