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Southern Miss hosts still-potent Boise State

Associated Press Modified: October 5, 2012 at 7:16 am •  Published: October 5, 2012

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — It's widely viewed that Boise State's powerhouse football program has taken a slight step backward this season.

Southern Miss coach Ellis Johnson isn't buying the supposed decline.

Johnson called the Broncos "a top 20 football team" during preparation this week, even if Boise State fell out of the most recent national rankings following a narrow win over lowly New Mexico.

The Golden Eagles (0-4) host the Broncos (3-1) on Saturday at Roberts Stadium. The two programs have been among the best in the non-BCS category over the past several years, but while Boise State is still chugging along with buckets of victories, Southern Miss has fallen on hard times.

The Golden Eagles are winless through September for the first time since 1976.