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2010 AP Poll: Boise State Third Best Team In The Nation. Really?

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Quarterback Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos passes the ball 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 Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Brett StephenAnalyst IIAugust 22, 2010

The start of the 2010 college football season less than two weeks away and the excitement in the air, let’s kick off this season in typical fashion, with controversy.

We all know that the BCS is an imperfect system, but it’s not because of the computers, it’s because of the human factor. 

Polling such as the Associated Press poll released late last week is supposed to show the order in which teams rank, from strongest to weakest. However, in recent years, it has been ridden with controversy, giving the current “IT” teams higher rankings than they deserve to try to increase the legitimacy of the weaker conferences.

This has never been more evident than this year’s preseason poll. 

There is no doubt who the No. 1 team should be and the AP definitely got it right with Alabama. They dominated the championship game and they come into the new season returning almost their entire offense. With Nick Saban in charge, there is very little doubt that the defense, even after losing several key players to the NFL draft, will be reloaded and championship caliber.

Ohio State is one of those teams that is always a question mark. The Buckeyes always look great thanks to a weak conference schedule, but you can never tell what you’re going to get from them when bowl season arrives. 

Are you going to have a championship caliber team, or the disaster that showed up against Florida and LSU in the BCS Championship games of 2006 and 2007?

Next, you have Boise State. Really? Is anyone outside of Idaho buying this?

Can anyone really look me in the eye and tell me that they believe that Boise State is a better football team than Florida, Texas, Nebraska, USC, or LSU?

Yes, they have done well in their bowl games, but let’s not forget that in 2008 and 2009, their bowl games were against TCU, a relative unknown. 

Let’s also not forget that even though the 2009 Fiesta Bowl felt like it was dominated by Boise State, it was only a seven point game that was won by a trick play, as was their famous win against Oklahoma.

Yes, I know, on any given day Boise State could pull off a miraculous upset and beat any team in the country, but so could Appalachian State. It does not make them deserving of the No. 3 ranking.

Writers and voters need to put things into perspective. Going undefeated in the WAC does not make you deserving of a BCS bowl game, much less a championship.

The fact is, Boise State would win less than five games each season if they played in the SEC or Big 12 and yet they are given rankings higher than teams like Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, LSU, Auburn, and Georgia. 

Again, I ask the question...does anyone honestly believe that Boise State could compete with these teams?

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