Any major college football fan in the country will tell you that football is more than a game. Football is a way of life—whether it's the dominance of Alabama, Florida, Texas, USC, Oklahoma, or Boise State.
Wait a minute...where did Boise State come from?
You mean that BCS buster from Idaho. Has Idaho ever had a winning football team? I didn't even know they liked to play football in Idaho. Well, apparently they do, because whether you want to admit it or not, Boise State has been one of the top collegiate football programs of the decade.
Chris Peterson has only lost four games during his coaching career. That beats Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Jim Tressel, Bob Stoops, and even Pete Carroll (you don't have to worry about Carroll anymore though Notre Dame fans).
So here's the deal, Boise State athletic director, Gene Bleymaier, has made an offer that is usually irresistible to any BCS team. He has challenged any major BCS team to play Boise State in 2011. Okay...so what you ask? Well, you didn't let me finish. He has offered to play at their stadium, and in return, the team doesn't have to return the date in Idaho.
So what teams should take Boise State up on this offer? Let's find out.
To some, it's considered the greatest college football game ever played. The 2007 Fiesta Bowl had more trickery than a college coach could take—or at least Bob Stoops could take. BCS buster Boise State upset the top ranked Sooners in double overtime with the now famous "Statue of Liberty play." This was when Boise State had absolutely no one famous on their team, and Oklahoma had future NFL greats like Adrian Peterson.
So, who wouldn't want to see the greatest game ever played, played over again? I mean, let's face it, Stoops wants out of Oklahoma. Every time there's a major college football opening, who's the first candidate—you guessed it Bob Stoops. Although the probability of this game happening is dwindling, maybe Oklahoma will step up and take down the Broncos.
Now, I'm sure everyone could have predicted this. USC is in every top five thing in college football. I also know it seems like Oklahoma should be No. 1, but we have already seen that game one time. It may just be me, but I want to see the Broncos try to upset another team besides Oklahoma.
This game would not be quite as interesting if Pete Carroll were to be there, that's why I put this game at No. 4. The 2011 season would be Lane Kiffin's second season—the time to have big games and big wins. Believe it or not, if USC played Boise State and defeated them, that would help Lane Kiffin's case tremendously.
Personally I don't think USC has what it takes to take on Boise State. Yes, USC received a great recruiting class, along with a well-rounded staff, but look what has happened every time someone underestimates Boise State. I never thought it would be said, but Boise State is the real deal, and they are on the prowl. In the 2011 season, will Peterson add a Trojan head to his list of accomplishments? We'll have to wait and see.
Now, this would be a game to watch. Boise State, as of right now, owns the southwest, which is weird to think about. But, Boise State has defeated both Oklahoma and TCU in what was basically a home game for both teams.
Everyone knows Mack Brown is about to step down and let Will Muschamp take over the reins of the Longhorns, but don't do it just yet Coach Mack. I want to see the Longhorns and the Broncos in a head-to-head battle to show that you don't mess with Texas or with the Big 12 for that matter.
Believe it or not, this game is quite possible. Nick Saban is scared of no one. So, wouldn't it make sense for the No. 1 BCS buster in the country to play the defending national champions in as far south as Boise State will probably ever go?
This would be a game to attend and remember, because you don't mess with Alabama. Alabama has tears in the eyes of the god of college football and destroyed the arm of the most accurate man in Texas football history. So, I feel as if Alabama could get the job done, but it would not be an easy one for the Tide.
This was almost a lock for No. 1. With Urban Meyer coming off his leave of absence, this would be the most intriguing game of the decade. Out of every single coach in this country, I know only one for sure knows how to beat Boise State with ease. That man is Urban Meyer.
He coached at Utah and knows what it's like to be underestimated. That's what has led to his success and his (heart) failure at Florida. Will we ever see this game? I don't know. Will we see any of these teams play Boise State? I don't know.
However, I do know that Boise State is the real deal, and they want to hold that beloved trophy over their heads like every one of these teams in this top five has done. But, the question remains...can they do it?