Boise State football fans can take a breather this week, the Broncos have a bye and that means some time to enjoy the latest AP Media and Coaches polls where Boise State is ranked 16th and 15th respectively.

Boise State is now the top dog in the race for a New Years Six Bowl bid among the Group of 5 but remember the season isn't a sprint, it's a marathon.

It's all good and well the Broncos are 4-0 and have once again survived those troublesome Air Force Falcons and their antique but oh so effective triple option but what lies ahead is just as daunting.

October begins with a bye this week (technically September) and ends with a bye the week of October 26th. In between the Broncos travel to Nevada-Las Vegas (UNLV) October 5th, then return home to host Hawaii on the 12th before heading to Provo to face BYU. Yep, the Cougars took a whipping at the hands of Washington but remember, BYU also beat Tennessee and USC.

The fun really begins when November rolls around. BSU starts the month at San Jose State, the same Spartans who just won at Arkansas. I know, the Razorbacks barely beat Portland State 20-13 but San Jose States win over a Power 5 Conference team can't be down played.

Next up for BSU in November are a pair of home games versus Wyoming and New Mexico followed by road trips to Utah State and Colorado State.

So if you're talking about a New Years Six Bowl bid it might be best to tone down the conversation because there is a lot of football to be played.

Remember, Mountain West teams combined to beat Power 5 teams "Eight" times in the preseason, the most of any conference. Now Boise State has to negotiate through what has quickly escalated into a pretty strong schedule.

That's exactly why coach Bryan Harsin and every Bronco player preaches the motto....this week we just need to go 1-0. Except this week of course...it's a bye week!