Before we get to BC’s differential, here is a frame of reference:
As you can see USC and Texas are far ahead of pack. The other BCS teams are in the same range. The real outlier is Florida State, but as we know they stumbled their way into the ACC championship and pulled things together when the BCS was on the line.
So where does BC stand? Should we have won more games this season? Based on point differential it looks like 8-3 is about right. Take a look at other 8-3 teams.
Aside from a very lucky Nevada team, they are all in the same ballpark. And the only other BCS conference team with an 8-3 mark (Florida) had a point differential closest to ours.
BTW, here is the info on Boise State.
I am not trying to be an apologist for BC’s record. It has been over a month and I still have a hard time letting go of the UNC loss. But if you take the dispassionate, numbers perspective, it looks like the good luck evens out. So for every UNC loss, there were a few things that went our way (like Wake or Clemson). 8-3 is what this team is and deserved to be.