According to Boise State, the Broncos are disrespected. According to Boise State, they could beat any team in the country. According to Boise State, a win against Oregon should automatically qualify the Broncos for the National Championship.
According to me, that's ridiculous.
Anyone who has read my work on this site knows that I am completely against Boise State's case for a national title berth. And as I found out from the comments on my article about "how LaGarrette Blount's punch spoke for college football," apparently I didn't speak for most of college football.
Regardless, beating Oregon and then demolishing the Utah States of the world for the next 11 weeks shouldn't be cause for a National Championship berth.
This year, Boise State started the season off with Virginia Tech. And as much as my brain says they won't, the Broncos will probably win thanks to a variety of trick plays that won't work week in and week out.
Granted Boise State also plays Oregon State this season, but at least 10 other teams could beat both the Hokies and the Beavers on any given day.
To really be the best team in the country, schools need to play top notch competition week in and week out, something Boise State has failed to do.
Fortunately, computers are part of the BCS. They are based strictly on numbers and how many quality wins a team has. But many of the voters feel sympathetic toward the Broncos, and since voters make up two-thirds of the BCS Standings, Boise State may very well play in the national title game someday based on one good win.
To avoid this blunder, the NCAA should implement a rule that requires teams to play a certain number of BCS conference teams in order to reach the National Championship.
This will force Boise to not only say they're the best, but (gasp) also prove it on the field.
Obviously, the minimum number of games against BCS opponents would need to be low since Boise State and other non-BCS teams only have a few non-conference games. But three quality games is plenty to figure out if a team is legit.
Take Penn State, for example. This year, the Nittany Lions must travel to Alabama, Iowa, and Ohio State.
If that were Boise's non-conference slate, grouped with a tune-up team, could the Broncos go undefeated?
Sure they would probably win one game thanks to a fake punt or a Statue of Liberty play, but trick plays only work for so long. And after a game or two, the those plays wouldn't work anymore.
Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Boise State would win all three of those games.
But this is a system that forces the Broncos to prove it. If they really are as good as they say, then thy should have no problem winning just three games against quality opponents every year. But if they lose, there will be no more room for excuses.
And if this type of system is finally implemented, there would be no debating whether the best two teams are really playing for the National Championship.