Boise State National Championship Debate: The Bottom of the Barrel

Brandon MoorContributor IAugust 25, 2010

GLENDALE, AZ - JANUARY 04:  Head coach Chris Petersen of the Boise State Broncos celebrates after defeating the TCU Horned Frogs 17-10 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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Drawing upon the multifaceted talent filling Boise State football program, the dreaded bottom-of-the-barrel portion of the debate draws near an end.

Excuses run rampant like the plague and, when you're backed into a corner, finding an escape to save your own skin is the most common route taken.  Remaining stubborn and over-egotistical when you know you’re wrong allows the cinder block secured tightly to your ankle to drain life right out, hence dragging you to the bottom of a deep body of water.

That’s no way to go.

Yesterday on ESPN’s First Take, a five-minute segment near the end of the show was more than enough time for Skip Bayless to take yet another shot at the success of the Boise State Broncos.

Bayless stated the 2007 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl victory over Bob Stoops’ Oklahoma Sooners meant little and asserted the Sooners didn’t want to be there to begin with.  Ask any grade school kid the same question and they’re rebuttal just may shoot Bayless’s judgment call into the ground with extreme prejudice while sounding a hair more grown up.

Labeling the Broncos’ recurring triumphs as a fluke has flat-out lost its luster.  Four years, possibly five, of convincing winning is not a fluke; it’s called a model of consistency.  In spite of being beaten with a wet blanket on a cold day, the Broncos continue to win week after week.

Complaining about Boise’s BCS worthiness has worn transparently thin.  Boise’s early attempts to break the BCS' borders have failed to amuse analysts, experts, voters, and bull-headed skeptics in the least.

Traditional BCS folks embrace a hoarding mindset in that nothing anyone can say or do will change their minds.  They collect once meaningful ideals that are now outdated in an attempt to deflect what’s really going on outside.

Moral victories are at a premium all throughout the college football landscape.  For BCS automatic qualifiers, moral victories actually seem to count for something.  Does anyone else understand how the big dogs can drop up to four games, agree to a BCS bid, and still be mentioned in the same conversation with national championship contenders?

How many games do national powerhouse favorites have to lose until their championship hopes become obsolete? 

Remember, the computers never lie.

Major upsets, no matter how monumental each may be, are not enough to alter the BCS configuration for the “other guys” to break in.  With bunny ears.

Once again in 2009, excuses and arrogance wondered onto the set of the Fox BCS Bowl Bash.  Barry Switzer buried the Utah Utes in the pregame show slashing their ability to recruit featured athletes.  Secondly, Switzer declared the game over before it even started

Funny thing was, he was absolutely right.

Utah had run the Crimson Tide out of the New Orleans Superdome by the end of the first quarter bolting out in front 21-0.  The halftime and the postgame shows provided more entertainment watching Barry Switzer eat crow more than happily observing the Crimson Tide get rolled 31-17.

Yep, fit hit the shan that night, bulking up the rationale for a college football playoff.  Maybe the next best entertainment was watching replay after replay of “The Boz” get bulldozed by Bo Jackson at the goal line on November 30, 1987.

Turns out ESPN Classic has a purpose after all.

Bullies who get humiliated in a fight they clearly should’ve won versus the nerdy four-eyed kid all the other kids berated, anxiously search for some outlandish reason why he let the nerd win the fight.

Always a sight for sore eyes and eager ears.  

The bottom of the barrel now has claw marks from scouring for what’s left of the intolerable strikes against the Boise State Broncos.

Later on, feel free to drop by and find out the conclusion to the Boise State National Championship Debate.