Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports
If it were just one year or even two or three, the critics would have a valid critique. However, to continue to say the Broncos are overrated is an extremely lazy argument.
The critics point to all the weak conference games and complain about Boise State never playing anyone "big" enough. But, a closer look at the record doesn't add up.
First, if it were so easy for a so-called mid-major team to win all the time with such a weak schedule, then why don't more of them do it?
Boise State, as noted in the first slide, has won 147 games since the year 2000. They have only lost 21 times, and along the way have accumulated 10 conference championships, two BCS bowl game victories and six other bowl game wins.
During that time period they have had wins against Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona State, TCU, Georgia, Virginia Tech and Oklahoma.
With Chris Petersen as coach, the Broncos have gone 9-2 against BCS teams with six of those games being against ranked opponents. Petersen also has the highest winning percentage of any active coach with at least five seasons under his belt.
Of course the critics say that anyone can beat a team in just one game, but it is the whole season that counts. However, that argument is frail at best.
The problem is, Boise State plays most of those BCS teams in the beginning of the season or in a bowl game. In each case, both teams have adequate preparation time and time to heal up and get healthy.
If anything, those games show a truer measure of where a team is at, how well they are coached and how well their talent plays together as a team.
The critics say that Boise State couldn't win consistently over the course of a season in a major conference, but that is impossible to judge without an invite.
If the Broncos could become part of one of the "Big Five" conferences, their money would skyrocket and their resources would be far greater. If they can do what they are doing now on a budget far less than most of the BCS schools, imagine what they could do if they were put on a more equal footing.