DALLAS — Boise State has long been the scourge of Power 5 conference programs during bowl season.

Coach Bryan Harsin expects that to continue today when his 23rd-ranked Broncos engage Boston College in the First Responders Bowl.

“I think we draw the best opponent, Power-5 or not,” Harsin said. “In this one as the bowl games were being set up, this was the best opponent we can play.

“Boston College, the type of season they had and their program, a Power-5 program, this is an opportunity for us to go out and get prepared to face the very best. I think every team wants to do that and I think we got that in this bowl game.”

Since becoming a bowl fixture in 1999, Boise State (10-3, 7-1 Mountain West) has faced 14 teams from Power 5 conferences and won nine times. The latest was a 38-28 win over Oregon from the Pac-12 in the 2017 Las Vegas Bowl. Boise State is 4-2 against the Big 12, 4-1 against the Pac-12 and 1-2 against the ACC.

“Absolutely, there is definitely something to that for sure,” said BC center Jon Baker. “They are a very strong opponent, they have a very strong history against (Power-5) bowl opponents and they are in the Top 25.”

Boise State represents an exotic contrast for Boston College coach Steve Addazio, who has faced a Big Ten opponent in the Eagles’ last three bowl games. BC (7-5, 4-4 ACC) endured Pinstripe Bowl losses to Penn State and Iowa at Yankee Stadium and beat Maryland in the Quick Lane Bowl at Ford Field in Detroit.

“We are playing an elite team,” said Addazio. “You watch the tape and you know what you are up against, a 10-win team which is very had to do that is loaded with talent and well coached. “

Harsin was the Broncos tight ends’ coach under Dan Hawkins when Boise State played BC in the 2005 MPC Computers Bowl. Coach Tom O’Brien led the Eagles to a 27-21 victory in Boston College’s first season in the ACC.

“I got a chance to coach in that game in 2005 and they had a pretty good quarterback named Matt Ryan,” said Harsin.

BC offensive coordinator Scot Loeffler will be in the coaches’ booth calling plays today. Loeffler’s status was uncertain after he accepted the head coach’s position at Bowling Green on Nov. 28.

After satisfying his recruitment obligations to Bowling Green, Loeffler returned to finish up his third season with BC. Loeffler has been a huge influence on Eagles quarterback Anthony Brown while devising a sound ground attack for All-ACC first-team tailback AJ Dillon.

“At our place, we are all in this thing together,” Addazio said. “I’m thrilled to death to have Scot back and we have had such a strong relationship going back through the years at Temple and Florida.”