Boise, Utah, TCU: How David Has Slayed Goliath In 2010

Collin O'Connor@@BarkofhinklehhrCorrespondent ISeptember 7, 2010

Boise State, Utah, and TCU all came away with victories in week one.
Boise State, Utah, and TCU all came away with victories in week one.Geoff Burke/Getty Images

Of course, there's always going to be the debate about whether or not Boise State, TCU, or Utah could play in an automatic qualifying conference. However, this week all three of them proved to a lot of people that they can at least compete with teams from these conferences.

Starting off on Thursday, Utah defeated No. 15 Pittsburgh in a tight match that had to go to overtime to be decided. Utah is probably the most under the radar team of the BCS buster list, but still can compete at a very high level.

On Saturday, TCU traveled to a neutral site to face off against the nations No. 24 team in Oregon State. In a very competitive game, TCU managed to come away with a victory and solidify a great chance at running the table undefeated this season.

It's worth noting that Oregon State also plays Boise State in a few weeks. That game could also mean a lot for TCU is the Beavers can compete well with the Broncos.

As for the Broncos, last night they played in the most anticipated game of week one. It definitely lived up to it's hype.

Jumping out to an early lead, the Broncos were leading 17-0 after the first quarter. This lead diminished though and they wound up trailing the Hokies of Virginia Tech with around two minutes to go in the game.


When the Broncos' offense trotted on to the field to go on their drive that would win them the game, announcer Kirk Herbstreit has this to say about the Boise State quarterback: "If I could choose one quarterback to lead my team in this situation, it would be Kellen Moore."


Considering all of the great players under center this season, that's some pretty high praise. 

Kellen Moore didn't disappoint either. He lead his team to a game winning touchdown with 1:09 left to go.

So now, with Utah, TCU, and Boise State all getting wins over ranked opponents the question has to come up. How long before we consider these teams as National Title candidates?

Utah, this season, isn't there, but their victory still goes to show how competitive these teams are.

As for TCU, they are now on track for an undefeated season with their strength of schedule and should be in a discussion for a BCS bowl as the year progresses. As long as they continue to blow out their conference opponents, they will be in the discussion.

There is just one bump in the road that I did not mention. On November 6, they pick up their bags and travel to Utah to face them in what is a very tough place to play. While I still think TCU will get the win, it's going to be a great game to watch.


Now, finally comes the BCS buster dandy, the Boise State Broncos.

Time and time again I've repeated it. I said from the beginning of the summer and the Broncos would be more prepared, better coached, and ready to play at the start of the game.Their 17-0 lead pointed that out.


I also said that this team is experienced enough not to panic, and can fight back from almost any adversity. They showed a stat last night were, of the four possessions last season Boise State trailed, they scored three touchdowns and one field goal.

They're late drive to win the game also proved this point.

Herbstreit also mentioned how well coached Boise State was last night. He said it a lot, actually. Yes, they got off to a big lead at the beginning and then lost it, but all teams do that. The great teams are the ones who can come back from adversity and still win. Boise did that last night.

It sort of reminds me of a basketball team who made it to the championship this season because of their great coaching and how they played under adversity. Butler always grabbed the lead early, fell behind, and then fought back. I can't reiterate it enough; it's what good teams do. Butler made it all the way to the title game and Boise can do that to.

They're a team to be reckoned with, and the BCS needs to notice that. If they can finish the season undefeated, they need the chance to play for a championship. We can completely forget all about this once the season is over if they lose, but I have a feeling they won't.

There's not a team in America right now that Boise couldn't hang with, and if you don't recognize that by now, you need to.

Their style is a new generation, a new idea, and a new way to win. That's the thing though; it doesn't matter who the Broncos play, all they do is win.