Boise State is the most polarizing team in college football. Either you love them or you hate them. There is nothing in between and every college football fan has taken their stance. Both the “lovers” and the “haters” can make a strong argument for their chosen position. Personally, I’m smitten.
The facts of this case are simple and season after season the Broncos have proven they are one of the top programs in the country. What I find so interesting is they are using the very system that was designed to keep them out, to force their way in. Everyone must remember they are playing by the rules of the BCS. They are not getting special treatment. In fact it, has taken years of great success to get where they are.
Right now the Broncos are in a position to be the first non BCS school to make the championship game. The first ranking of the 2010 season has the team third behind Oregon and Oklahoma. Many speculated that Boise State would in fact be the top team. How is that possible when ten years ago nobody even knew they played football in Boise? Well let’s look at the breakdown of the improbable climb to the top. From 2000 – 2003 Boise State had a combined record of 43 – 8 and for the first time, finally finished the 2003 season as the 15th ranked team in the country. From 2004 – 2007 the Broncos were a combined 43 – 8. During this time, they also became the darlings of college football in 2006 when they beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Remember the Statue of Liberty play and Ian Johnson’s proposal to his cheerleader girlfriend? You do, and you loved it. Boy, things sure have changed. That win capped off an undefeated 13 win season in which Boise State finished as the 6th ranked team in the country. That leaves us with 2008 – 2010. With the 2010 season halfway over our polarizing smurf turfers are a combined 32-1 including wins over Oregon, TCU, Oregon State and Virginia Tech. All of these teams were ranked at game time. My math is not the best but I believe that is a combined 118 – 17. You can say what you want about the competition but that is impressive.
Unless you are a Boise State lover, you have probably said “so what” about ten times. Your thought process is simple and predictable. You think the teams they play are mid-majors who anyone could beat, they wouldn’t last a day in a “real conference”, they need trick plays and luck to beat anybody good, the week one win over Virginia Tech has no merit…….Now let me ask you this one question. Do you want your team scheduling them anytime soon? Allow me to answer for you, no you don’t. You know what, I don’t blame you either. Why should Arkansas or any other BCS conference school play them? They play a tough enough schedule as it is and a win over Boise State means virtually nothing (only because most fans don’t respect them) and a loss to a WAC team would be downright embarrassing. It is a lose-lose situation so stay away.
Now let me play devil’s advocate. Boise State started the year as the 3rd ranked team and has a really good chance of making the title game. They will need to go undefeated, blow everyone out and need some teams to lose. That is exactly what I think will happen and we are in store for a Boise State – Oregon BCS title game. I hope this happens for one and only one reason. I want a playoff in college football, nothing big, just a final four. The result of the game won’t really matter because the Broncos will prove something just by making it. They get blown out and look like a mid-major only proves the system is flawed otherwise they would have never made it. They win and utter chaos will take place and people will be outraged that a team like that could win a title. Any way you spin it, this is a lose-lose situation for the BCS.
Ok so back to the whole devil’s advocate thing I mentioned earlier. Boise State will most likely take the field on January 10th with a chance to win a national title. The only nationally recognized teams they will have beaten are Virginia Tech and Oregon State. Meanwhile, your team will have already played a bowl game because the competition they see week in and week out is so tough; they couldn’t end the year undefeated. So ask yourself this, does Boise State really want to play you, the BCS powerhouse? No they don’t. And whether anyone likes it or not, evidently they don’t have to.
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