Boise State National Championship Debate: Broncos Bucked

Brandon MoorContributor IAugust 24, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  The Boise State Broncos mascot performs 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The chatter as to whether the Boise State Broncos football team deserves a shot in the College Football National Championship detonates epic banter from fans, college football analysts, sports writers, and sports casters.

Since his arrival in 2006, Boise State head coach Chris Petersen has compiled a record of 49-4.

Head coaches all over might favor the loss of an eye or appendage of some sort to achieve what Petersen has done in such a fleeting time frame. The loss of an appendage or an eyeball to obtain a marvelous record is an exaggerated stretch, but you get the point.

Skeptics for all over have skimmed the crown of the barrel for the obvious objections why the Boise State Broncos don’t belong in the national championship conversation. It’s only a matter of time before the observable grounds against why the Broncos don’t stack up diminish to scraping the bottom of the barrel.

One loss is more than enough motive to eliminate the Boise State Broncos from national championship contention, and from the entire BCS picture in general.

Nothing satisfies the old-school conventional belief of naysayers more than seeing the Broncos trip up, falling on their faces along the way.

Too many formidable teams from the power six conferences cast an outsized mischievous shadow over the Broncos and will do so until they raise their credibility. The lack of competition in the WAC can’t compare to the week in, week out struggle to consistently win in the Big Ten, Pac-10, ACC, SEC, Big 12, and Big East conferences.

Scheduling appraises the character of any team hungry enough to duke it out for a championship. The 2010-2011 Boise State football schedule only presents two Top 25 opponents.

On September 6, Boise travels the nation’s capital to smash helmets with Frank Beamer’s sixth-ranked Virginia Tech Hokies out of the ACC in a game on a “neutral site" in Fed Ex Field.

Two weeks after the Top 10 showdown, Boise kicks off their 2010-2011 home season on the famed "smurf turf" of Bronco Stadium, facing Mike Riley’s always deadly 22nd-ranked Oregon State Beavers out of the Pac-10 Conference.

Evidently, games against proven west coast giant killers in Fresno State, Nevada, and Utah State do not count for anything at all, except the earning of a participation slip and a congratulatory “'attaboy."

Until Boise State places themselves in a conference of noteworthy prominence, the Broncos can go unbeaten every single year and still not foster any sense to justify elite status.

Or so that’s the state of mind cynics frantically cling to with every fiber of their being.

Drop back in shortly to read part two of the Boise State National Championship debate.