List of Boise State Broncos football seasons
|National Champions||Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference Champions||Big Sky Conference Champions||Big West Conference Champions||Western Athletic Conference Champions||Mountain West Conference Champions||Playoff Berth||Bowl game berth|
|Season||Conference||Season results||Postseason result||Final ranking|
|Boise State Broncos football seasons|
|1942||Boise State did not play football during the 1942–1945 seasons because of World War II|
|1949||ICAC||1st||10||0||0||Won Potato Bowl (Bakersfield, CA) vs. Taft JC 25–7 |
|1950||ICAC||1st||9||1||0||Lost Junior Rose Bowl vs. Long Beach CC 13–33 |
|1951||ICAC||1st||10||0||0||Won Potato Bowl vs. Bakersfield 34–14 |
|1954||ICAC||1st||9||1||0||Lost Potato Bowl vs. Compton JC 6–7 |
|1957||ICAC||1st||9||1||0||Lost Potato Bowl vs. Bakersfield 13–28 |
|1958||ICAC||1st||10||0||0||Won National JC Championship vs. Tyler (TX) JC 22–0 |
|1965||ICAC||1st||9||2||0||Lost Potato Bowl vs. Cerritos 12–41 |
|Totals||199||61||9||(Junior College Total)|
|1971||Big Sky||2nd||10||2||0||Won Camellia Bowl 32–28 vs. Chico State|
|1973||Big Sky||1st||10||3||0||Won vs. South Dakota 53–10 (D-II quarterfinals);
Lost vs. Louisiana Tech 34–38 (D-II semifinals)
|1974||Big Sky||1st||10||2||0||Lost vs. Central Michigan 6–20 (D-II quarterfinals)|
|1975||Big Sky||1st||9||2||1||Lost vs. Northern Michigan 21–24 (D-II quarterfinals)|
|1977||Big Sky||1st||9||2||0||declined invitation to D-II playoffs due to late game at Idaho |
|1979||Big Sky||1st||1||1||0||probation: no conference title (7–0) or I-AA playoffs |
|1980||Big Sky||1st||10||3||0||Won vs. Grambling 14–9 (I-AA semifinals);
Won vs. Eastern Kentucky 31–29 (I-AA championship)
|10||3||0||Won vs. Jackson State 19–7 (I-AA quarterfinals);
Lost vs. Eastern Kentucky 17–24 (I-AA semifinals)
|1988||Big Sky||3rd||8||4||0||Lost vs. Northwestern State (La.) 13–22 (I-AA first round)|
|1990||Big Sky||2nd||10||4||0||Won vs. Northern Iowa 20–3 (I-AA first round);
Won vs. Middle Tennessee 20–13 (I-AA quarterfinals);
Lost vs. Nevada 52–59 in 3OT (I-AA semifinals)
|1994||Big Sky||1st||13||2||0||Won vs. North Texas 24–20 (I-AA first round);
Won vs. Appalachian State 17–14 (I-AA quarterfinals);
Won vs. Marshall 28–24 (I-AA semifinals);
Lost vs. Youngstown State 14–28 (I-AA championship)
|1999||Big West||1st||10||3||Won Humanitarian Bowl vs. Louisville 34–31||-||-|
|2000||Big West||1st||10||2||Won Humanitarian Bowl vs. UTEP 38–23||-||-|
|2002||WAC||1st||12||1||Won Humanitarian Bowl vs. Iowa State 34–16||15||12|
|2003||WAC||1st||13||1||Won Fort Worth Bowl vs. TCU 34–31||16||15|
|2004||WAC||1st||11||1||Lost Liberty Bowl vs. Louisville 40–44||12||13|
|2005||WAC||T–1st||9||4||Lost MPC Computers Bowl vs. Boston College 21–27||-||-|
|2006||WAC||1st||13||0||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Oklahoma 43–42 in OT||5||6|
|2007||WAC||2nd||10||3||Lost Hawaii Bowl vs. East Carolina 38–41||-||-|
|2008||WAC||1st||12||1||Lost Poinsettia Bowl vs. TCU 16–17||11||13|
|2009||WAC||1st||14||0||Won Fiesta Bowl vs. TCU 17–10||4||4|
|2010||WAC||T–1st||12||1||Won Maaco Bowl Las Vegas vs. Utah 26–3||7||9|
|2011||Mountain West||2nd||12||1||Won Maaco Bowl Las Vegas vs. Arizona State 56–24||8||6|
|2012||Mountain West||T–1st||11||2||Won Maaco Bowl Las Vegas vs. Washington 28–26||18||14|
|2013||Mountain West||2nd (Mountain)||8||5||Lost Hawaii Bowl vs. Oregon State 23–38||-||-|
|2014||Mountain West||1st (Mountain)||12||2||Won Mountain West Championship Game vs. Fresno State 28–14
Won Fiesta Bowl vs. Arizona 38–30
|2015||Mountain West||T–2nd (Mountain)||9||4||Won Poinsettia Bowl vs. Northern Illinois 55–7||-||-|
|2016||Mountain West||T–1st (Mountain)||10||3||Lost Cactus Bowl vs. Baylor 12–31||-||-|
|Totals||405||149||2||university regular season games – (1968– )|
|2||3||0||Division II playoff games – (1968–77)|
|8||4||0||Division I-AA playoff games – (1978–95)|
|1||0||0||non-Division I FBS bowl games – (1971)|
|11||6||0||Division I FBS bowl games – (1996– )|
|1||0||0||Conference Championship games – (2014– )|
|427||161||2||all university games – (1968– )|
|621||222||11||all games (university and junior college) – (1933– )|
- One year after the founding of Boise Junior College, the school began to play football in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
- From 1948 to 1967, Boise Junior College played in the Intermountain Collegiate Athletic Conference (ICAC). The ICAC existed from 1936 until 1984, when it merged with the Arizona Community College Conference (ACCAC) and became the Western States Football League (WSFL).
- "Boise JC's win in Potato Bowl". Ellensburg Daily Record. (Washington). Associated Press. December 5, 1949. p. 8.
- Hubbart, Jim (December 10, 1950). "Boise Broncs fall to Long Beach, 33-13". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). Associated Press. p. 2C.
- "Boise adds bowl win to football honors". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). December 3, 1951. p. A-7.
- Ourada, Patricia K. (1994). "The Broncos: A History of Boise State University Athletics, 1932-1994". p. 106.
- "Boise is beaten in Potato Bowl". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). December 6, 1954. p. 21.
- "Boise squashed in Potato Bowl, 33-13". Deseret News. (Salt Lake City, Utah). United Press. December 9, 1957. p. B-11.
- "Boise captures Jaycee crown". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. November 28, 1958. p. 14.
- "Fog routs fans; Boise dumped". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. December 6, 1965. p. 17.
- In 1968, Boise College began to compete with four-year colleges as an independent in the NAIA, a transitional period that began in 1965 and finished in 1969.
- scholarworks.boisestate.edu - The Broncos: A History of Boise State University, 1932-1994 - p.131 - accessed 2011-10-10
- The Broncos were accepted into the NCAA in October 1969, and a month later into the Big Sky Conference, effective the following July. The Broncos began NCAA competition in 1970 in Division II ("College Division" prior to 1973) in a brand new Bronco Stadium.
- In 1973 the NCAA "College Division" was split into two divisions — "Division II" and "Division III" — Boise State joined Division II.
- Vaughan, Sue (November 28, 1977). "Idaho, Troxel in bitter loss". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). p. 16.
- When the NCAA realigned in 1978, the Big Sky Conference was moved from Division II up to the newly created Division I-AA, a subdivision of Division I. Since 2006, Division I-AA has been known as Division I FCS. (Idaho was moved down from Division I to Division I-AA in 1978.)
- Due to sanctions for "coaching irregularities" in 1978, Boise State was ineligible for the conference title or the I-AA playoffs in 1979.
- Though tied for first at 6–1, Boise State did not win the Big Sky title in 1981 due to their head-to-head loss to champion Idaho State.
- Boise State moved up to Division I-A in 1996.
- Overtime rules in college football were introduced in 1996, eliminating ties.
- In 2006, "Division I-A" was renamed "Division I Football Bowl Subdivision" or "Division I FBS" for short.