Are The Broncos Legit? Solving The Boise State Mystery

Steve Kelly@pdxsportsmannContributor IOctober 20, 2009

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3:  Willie Glasper #17 of the Oregon Ducks battles for position with Mitch Burroughs #20 of the Boise State as a pass is thrown in second quarter of the game on September 3, 2009 at Broncos Stadium in Boise, Idaho. Boise State won the game 19-8. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)

Let me first start by saying I absolutely HATE the Boise State Broncos.

The smurf turf alone is enough to make a Pac-10 fan's blood boil, let alone an Oregon Duck fan like myself. Then you add kids like BSU quarterback Kellen Moore and defensive lineman Byron Hout into the mix and I'm screaming mad.

I'd love to say that Boise State is overrated; I'd love to say that Boise State is still just that cute Fiesta Bowl story, and I'd love to say that they will soon quietly fade into the backdrop of another crazy college football season.

But they won't. 

6-0 on the season and ranked number four in the first BCS standings of 2009, the Boise State Broncos find themselves in a familiar position. Fighting for respect.

As long as the Broncos keep winning, they should keep moving up in the rankings. It's simple. A win is a win. I don't care if you win by 70 or win by one. At the end of the day, all that matters is that you won. And at the end of week seven, the Broncos are 6-0.

The Broncos deserve respect. Time and time again they are doubted and time and time again they have persevered. Nobody gave Boise State a chance in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and since that "fluke" of a win, people are still reluctant to believe in the Broncos. I'm tired of hearing about margin of victories; I'm tired of hearing about strength of schedule. I want the Broncos to be seen for what they are, 6-0.

When you can find a way to win week in and week out, the margin does not matter—you are a legitimate competitor.

Don't tell me that Boise State is barely scraping out wins against mediocre opponents, in this day and age of college football that mediocre opponent you are talking about could be the one taking down your SEC powerhouse next week.

I pity the team who will face Boise State in the National Championship. It will be the same 'ol, same 'ol. Everyone in the media and your dying grandma will say those Broncos don't have a chance.

Sure, everyone will say, "Oh don't write off those Broncos, they're a dangerous bunch of hicks."

But in the end, Kirk Herbstreit, Lee Corso, and Brad Nessler and company will still pick their opponents as the "obvious favorites," and a Boise State loss will seemingly be a forgone conclusion. A non-BCS team winning the national title? Hah, what a joke...right?

I'll let you decide.