Congrats, Boise State! You won your bowl game!
Now please, enjoy these bags of Tostitos and salsa as you watch the BCS National Title Game Thursday night!
Didn't Boise go undefeated? Didn't they beat BCS conference opponents? Didn't they jump through all the hoops required by the powers that be in the NCAA front offices?
Still not good enough, Boise. Still not good enough.
Of course, we all knew this scenario was going to happen even before the Broncos' win tonight. Either Boise or TCU would finish undefeated, and rather than play it out on the field, we'll watch voters who most likely can't even spell Boise vote either Alabama or Texas as the best team in the nation.
Of course it's bogus. We've seen it before, sadly enough, with Boise State.
But there's something about this year that makes us as college football fans feel even more like Boise belongs somewhere other than the "Best Mid-Major Bowl."
Do people think the season-opening win against Oregon was just a meaningless exhibition? Or that Boise didn't really beat five teams on their schedule that went to bowl games? Or that maybe—just MAYBE—this smurf turf school from Idaho is more than just the Chaminade of NCAA football, and they may actually be relevant on a national stage?
It feels almost as if we're seeing the movie Men of Honor played out with Boise playing the role of Cuba Gooding Jr., trying to do all they can to succeed at the highest level, while the NCAA and BCS portray Robert De Niro, doing anything possible to keep Boise from succeeding.
Now here's what we're stuck with: a nauseating political spectacle of a bowl that truly has no winner—rather two losers.
Because if Boise had won big, then they'll say TCU never belonged, and thus Boise's win isn't relevant. But since it was close, they'll say Boise struggled with a Mountain West team and thus couldn't handle the likes of Alabama or Texas.
So congratulations Boise. Enjoy the bronze medal. The NCAA truly thinks you deserve it.