There's no other way to put it. The fact that one voter from North Carolina put them in the number one slot of the AP Poll is crazy. Boise State is a great football program, but for a team that plays their type of schedule a preseason ranking that high is unheard of.
Yes, they return almost everyone from a team that last year went 14-0, but this is a new season. Chris Peterson has done a tremendous job as head coach, but I don't believe this type of team, playing such a mediocre schedule deserves a shot at a national title.
Not with the type of system that is currently used to determine who plays in a championship game. This season anything could happen if Boise State is undefeated at the end of the year.
That makes their opening game against Virginia Tech that much more important. I'm excited to watch the game because for the Broncos sake the magnitude of this matchup is beyond historic proportions. Labor Day night will be one-of-a-kind because of the pressure on Boise State to win this game.
Virginia Tech is one of the top teams in the ACC and they are going to come ready to play. Frank Beamer would love to derail the Broncos hopes of an undefeated season right there in early September.
Going back to the preseason rankings, Boise State in the WAC just blows the rest of their competition out of the water. Sure the team has to take the field and win the game, but there are few teams that will even challenge Kellen Moore and company.
Imagine if Boise State had to play the likes of Michigan, Ohio State and Wisconsin week in and week out in the Big Ten. Take it to another level and look at the amount of NFL caliber players that take the field in the SEC.
LSU, Alabama, Auburn and Florida are always beating each other up week after week. That's why it is so difficult to run the table in a power-conference of that size. The strength and competition is the biggest hurdle in trying to go undefeated and earn a spot in the national title game.
Boise State doesn't have to deal with that demanding schedule. There is no Conference Championship game in the first week of December that acts an elimination game as it did last year when Florida lost to Alabama.
Now the AP is crediting Boise State with it's highest pre-season ranking ever. Give me a break: this team is good, but it doesn't deserve to be ranked higher then Texas or Florida. Agree or disagree with me, teams like Utah, BYU and Boise State bring a different dimension to the table.
None of them will ever play for a national championship. Everybody believes this is the year that the little guys get a chance to play in the BCS title game. I don't see it happening. I've been intrigued by Boise ever since the famed Statue of Liberty by Ian Johnson occurred in January 2007 to defeat the powerful Oklahoma Sooners.
The intrigue has been diminished, and if Virginia Tech beats Boise State on September 6th I think justice will be served. Sorry Broncos fans, with the human polls and computers being an end of the season fiasco in determining who should play for the BCS Title is not what we need.
Let the battle be decided on the field. Boise State ranked third in the polls was an absolute shock to me. Let's see if they can go out there and live up to hype.
Until then I'm on edge to see what will occur if Boise State does the unthinkable and finishes the end of the season 12-0.
Then again that is the exact system college football promotes. Winning is everything week in and week out.
That's the bottomline no ands, ifs, ors, about it.