Lobbying Monday Night's Broncos/HokiesWinner: Who You Got...For Now?

Brandon MoorContributor ISeptember 6, 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 Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Where does one draw a line presenting an absolute pregame prediction on marquee games in any sport of choice?

Don’t bother, especially when the pairing had been set in motion back in February of 2010.

When too many amending themes crop up along the way, say from early February to September 6th, fastening to well deliberated convictions seem impossible to overturn until the next shearing discussion paces in.

Tomorrow night, the wait ends.  Labor Day night bids two of the nation’s top programs in college football this year.  Boise State suits up for its opening game with their highest preseason ranking ever in school history, and on the other side of the ball stand the No. 6 Virginia Tech Hokies.

For arguments sake, when relating to one of the variety of national ranking systems, we’ll use the current USA Today Poll instead of the AP (which seizes insignificant meaning by the season’s end) or other power ranking methods.

Several readers have been confused and/or irritated with not specifying where differing poll numbers are coming from.

Nine months of in-depth exploration of the next season’s most acclaimed matchups scheduled beforehand open copious avenues where eccentric forecast models are assembled, much to the delight of a sophisticated first-rate verbal exchange all over who will beat who. 

Commitment to single theories be damned.  We’re only human, and the concept of the next best fixation offers a surplus of temptation.  Lobbyists talk for a living, encasing the unique engine capability to shape a set of words into masterminded philosophy which have the ability to alter the most obstinately molded mindset.         

Covering Boise State Football, the integral obligation talking up Broncos football in an objective fashion while still presenting the team in a favorable light becomes tested under conditions such as tomorrow night’s battle in Our Nation’s Capital.  Relax Bronco Nation; it’s times like these when deciding Boise’s fate in writing is a blast, one way or the other.

Fess up Boise fans, we’ve all done it at one time or another. 

Hanging dead set on picking a clear cut winner only to waver the genius option last second because of the anxiety of not covering all the figurative bases.  What can you say?  It happens.

Don’t throw the line with steadfast certainty, “if you’re a real fan, then there’s no need to settle on any team than your favorite.”

It won’t fly. 

For one featured columnist, the pick and choose method is more than browsing through a college football 2010 preview magazine.  It’s staying in touch 24/7 to your particular interest or interests.  Don’t stay with a pick because you feel it’s the right thing to do.

Admirable, but a smidgen naïve.

Along those same lines, this columnist has seen a few indubitable inklings veer off into irresolute territory, but the preference of Boise over Virginia Tech has not changed.  The Boise State Broncos rise to fame should have flamed out a few years back, but finally a team stood to challenge the face of the BCS including the big boys the system is partial to.

Progress to derail the flawed system involves more than two years playing at an elevated level, but the Broncos have done that to date. 

Not OK with the existing outcome yet wanting to climb the extra rung grants superfluous intrigue the likes collegiate football has never seen in quite a while.  Four years later, here are the Broncos.

Tomorrow night, Chris Petersen sprints his team to the field where he will let experienced Heisman candidate junior quarterback Kellen Moore take the reins, and from there it’s his game to lose.  Questioning whether the hype will sprinkle Moore with agonizing disappointment as the season gradually evolves lends no qualified resolve from leading lobbyists from anywhere and everywhere.

Boise’s brawl-like mentality from their 2007 Fiesta Bowl triumph with Oklahoma and last year’s Fiesta Bowl bout over another BCS party crasher TCU will no doubt be the deciding factor in trading punches with the Labor Day night contest against the Virginia Tech Hokies.

Can they pull off a Rocky Balboa replay?

Yes, they have done it twice before and they will do it again tomorrow night.