Alabama and Texas are playing for the National title tonight. There will be no shared title, even though Boise State was the first team in seven years to finish the season 14-0. Instead of having a playoff that determines the best team on the field. Boise State has to watch on the sideline like some kid waiting in the rain for his dad to pick him up only to realize that he's never coming.
Boise State your national title is never coming.
The sad thing is (yes even sadder than an image of a kid waiting in the rain) is that this is what Boise State wanted. They wanted to run the table and they knew they would end up on the outside looking in. Boise State scheduled only one decent opponent this season.
College football schedules are decided years before the games are ever played. There is no way of knowing which teams will be in the top ten five years from now, but I'm pretty sure Miami of Ohio, Bowling Green, UC Davis and Tulsa (Boise State's out of conference scheduled opponents for 2009) won't be in the top 25.
It's not Boise State's fault that they don't play in a top tier conference (although its debatable that the WAC is as good as the ACC). It is their fault that they schedule cream puffs when they already play San Jose state, LA tech, Idaho, Utah state and New Mexico state in conference.
Any given year Boise State plays 10-12 teams that are know where near as good as them. All of those games are no win situations for the Broncos. If they win, they are supposed to win. If they lose their season is over. Boise State played two ranked teams this year and twelve unranked teams.
After tonight Alabama will have played six top 25 teams, including four top ten teams, Texas will have played four top 25 teams.
Boise State had two games and two wins against top ten teams (TCU and Oregon). So its impossible to say how Boise State would do if they had to play in the PAC 10, SEC, Big 10 or Big 12. And that is the problem, we don't know and we will never know because Boise State didn't want us to know.
Boise State can schedule up to five out of conference games each year. If they played and beat Texas, USC, Florida, Ohio State and Oregon this year there would be no doubt that belong in the national championship game.
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