Let there be no more doubt. Boise State is big time football. Want proof? Fine. Let's start with all the so-called reasons why Boise State is not big time.
1. Boise State doesn't play anybody. Wrong. Since 2006 they have played Oklahoma and won. They've played Oregon and won. They've played TCU twice and split As a matter of fact, this team is 50-4 over it's last 54 games. The only losses were to an unbeaten TCU team by one point in the Poinsettia Bowl in '08, and three losses in '07. One of those losses was to an unbeaten Hawaii team that went to the Sugar Bowl and a Chris Johnson led East Carolina team by three points in the Hawaii Bowl. Keep them on the Mainland, they're 50-2. Now they've beaten Virginia Tech.
2. Boise has to sneak up on a big time opponent. They won't win if they get a big time team's best shot. Wrong. While it is true that they did sneak up on Oklahoma, they certainly did not sneak up on Oregon, a team that wound up in the Rose Bowl last year. Oregon played them early in the year when they still had visions of a National Title dancing in their heads. Boise State ended that dream. Ditto Virginia Tech. In fact, TCU was still holding out hope for a possible split title going into last year's Bowl game.
3. Boise has to play mistake free football and hope the big time school shoots itself in the foot to pull out a win. Wrong. Boise State shot itself in the foot against Virginia Tech several times. The fact that they hung in there and persevered despite their own sloppy play, and pulled it out in the end, proves that this team is so good they can overcome several obstacles and still win. Boise let Tech in the game when they fumbled following a missed Tech field goal at 20-7. Tech scores and makes it 20-14. Tech takes the lead at 21-20 and Boise answers with a TD, then botches the extra point. The Broncos miss a 30 yard field goal. They also get a running into the kicker penalty on a missed Tech field goal which Tech turns into a touchdown one play later. And yet, Boise still wins the game.
4. Boise State can't win in a hostile environment against a big time school. Wrong. Did you see the crowd shots against Va Tech? A whole lot of maroon and not much blue there in Landover is what I saw. Boise was not deterred. In fact, Boise kept their composure down the stretch much better than Tech did. Boise receivers ran free on the last drive. Tech receivers were accounted for.
5.Boise State plays in an easy conference. That is true. However, it is not much easier than the Big East and nobody would complain about an unbeaten Cincinnati or South Florida going to a BCS Title game, provided there were only two unbeaten teams in the nation.
Boise State does whatever they are asked to do. They beat whoever they play. It's not their fault that the PAC 10 totally passed them over for Colorado. It's not their fault no big time schools want to play them. They can only beat the teams on their schedule. And this year, Virginia Tech and Oregon State are two of them.Those are not exactly cream puffs there.
I don't know if Boise beats Alabama or Ohio State in a BCS Title Game. But I do know one thing. They'll show up. And they'll give that team a whale of a game. Ohio State knows what it is to get blown out in a title game. Yet nobody has a problem with them going again. If Boise State is undefeated and gets the nod to play for the BCS Title, they need not apologize to anyone.
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