Another Memorable Fiesta Bowl Win Confirms Boise State Deserved Title Shot

Michael MaxwellCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos looks over to his sideline in the second half against the TCU Horned Frogs during the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at the Universtity of Phoenix Stadium on January 4, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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The so-called experts were almost unanimous in their pre-Fiesta Bowl assessment:  Boise St. had no shot to stay with fellow unbeaten and more talented TCU. The Las Vegas odds makers had TCU more than a touchdown favorite. Good thing for Boise St. that college football games aren’t played on paper. Lucky for us too.

The 2010 Fiesta Bowl was the first BCS match up of undefeated teams in a non-championship game. It didn’t matter that neither team just so happened to not be from one of the alleged power conferences.

Under the bright lights of another BCS bowl game, a gritty bunch from Boise, Idaho got it done…again. It was a complete and total team effort from Boise St. that overcame a more talented TCU squad that boasted the top-ranked defense in the country. In the process, Boise St. became the first team to finish the season 14-0 since Ohio St. back in 2002.

How is it that conventional wisdom is so often thrown out the window when it comes to college football bowl games?

More than any other sport, it is impossible to quantify the intangibles that play into the outcome of the game.  Boise St. was the more focused and disciplined team throughout. It seemed as though it took TCU at least a half of football to settle in. Costly penalties, miscommunications, and a critical turnover cost the Horned Frogs big time in the first half. 

By the time TCU settled in, it was too late.

Sure, if both teams play up to their capabilities, TCU probably wins easily. But guess what, we live in an imperfect world where things don’t always work out as planned.

Boise St. demonstrates everything that is right about college football. They are a tremendous breath of fresh air in this day and age. These kids give it their all on every play. You don’t see them showboating, calling undo attention to themselves following a positive play, or showing up their opponents in any way. 

It really is a shame that the Boise St. Broncos can’t take it to the next step and play for something even more meaningful than a Fiesta Bowl Championship. 

If this team can beat an undefeated TCU that pretty much annihilated most of its schedule, who is to say that the Broncos couldn’t beat either Alabama or Texas? Don’t forget, Boise beat the Pac-Ten Champion and Rose Bowl favorite Oregon to begin the year. What more do they need to do?

Of course the experts and computers will give them no shot, but the 2010 Fiesta Bowl proved that experts and computers have no place in college football.

It is a given that the winner of the Texas-Alabama game Thursday night will automatically be awarded the No. 1 spot in the Coach’s Poll. But, of course we all know that the Associated Press Poll also plays into the National Championship in college football. The AP voters are not obligated to vote the winner of the Texas-Alabama game No. 1.

There is no doubt in my mind that Boise St.’s performance against the previously unbeaten TCU Horned Frogs provides Boise St. with a legitimate claim to the No. 1 spot in the AP Poll. 

My only hope is that enough AP voters recognize this as well. For another shared National Championship can only help further the cause for some type of playoff at the end of the college football season.