College Football Rankings: Why Boise State Should Be Ranked Ahead of Texas
Heading into week four of the 2010 college football season, Boise State is currently sitting pretty at No. 3, four sports ahead of Texas in the AP Poll and one ahead of the Longhorns in the USA Today Poll.
But no matter which poll you prefer (both were released on Sunday, Sept. 19), Boise State absolutely deserves to be ranked ahead of Texas.
Here are 10 reasons why…
No. 10: Texas Turnovers May Be the Longhorns Downfall in 2010
Although a lot of negativity has been thrown at the 2010 Longhorns defense, Texas’ offense has been far from sharp this season as well.
In fact, within a one minute span on Saturday against Texas Tech, Texas threw three interceptions to give the Red Raiders secondary a boost of energy.
And it’s those kind of issues that may be the downfall to the Horns on the NCAA gridiron this season.
No. 9: Horns May Be Overrated Heading into Crucial Game with Sooners
A lot of questions fans and the media alike have regarding the Longhorns will likely be answered after next weekend’s showdown between Texas and Oklahoma, with both teams being ranked in the top 10.
For those who believe the Horns are over-hyped this season, Saturday may be the day to celebrate if the Sooners come out victories.
But regardless of who you want to win, Texas is definitely entering it’s annual matchup with Oklahoma with more questions than answers.
No. 8: Broncos Defense Appears Solid through First Two Games
The Boise State defense has been phenomenal through the team’s first two tests of the 2010 college football season.
And the Broncos secondary continued that trend on Saturday against Wyoming, forcing two interceptions and limiting the Cowboys to minus-21 rushing yards.
In addition, the Boise State defense has limited it’s opponents to a mere 36 total points and has picked off two passes through the first two games of the season.
No. 7: Boise State Destroyed Wyoming on Saturday, 51-6
Looking at the offensive side of things at Boise State, there are probably more reasons to be smiling about the Broncos scoring opportunities than their superb secondary.
This past Saturday, Sept. 18, the Boise State offense was rocking and rolling—cruising to a 51-6 blowout victory over Wyoming.
Plus, Boise State is averaging 42 points per game heading into week four’s matchups.
And the Broncos appear intent on continuing the climb upward in the college football polls.
No. 6: Texas Barely Beat Texas Tech on Saturday, 24-14
While Boise State cruised on Saturday, the Texas Longhorns were in a dog-fight to the finish against Big 12 rival Texas Tech.
And in a game that I honestly thought would be over by halftime, the Horns and Red Raiders were knotted at 14 apiece when the second half kicked off.
Yes, Texas hung on to attain the victory and improve to 3-0 on the young season—but there is still cause for concern if you’re a Longhorns fans.
I know it’s a conference game, but the Red Raiders aren’t even ranked in the polls; what’s going to happen when the Horns face highly touted Oklahoma and Nebraska in the coming weeks?
No. 5: Broncos Piled Up an Amazing 648 Total Yards on Saturday
Returning to Boise State’s phenomenal ability to garner a large number of yards per game, it’s time to take a glance back at the Broncos amazing performance against Wyoming this past Saturday, Sept. 18.
Boise State scored 37 consecutive points to open up the game, along with beautiful pass plays of 49 yards and 58 yards en route to a blowout by halftime.
Up next for the Broncos? A date with the No. 24 Oregon State.
No. 4: Texas Secondary Allowed 158 Passing Yards Saturday Against Tech
Granted, this may not seem like a ridiculous amount of total yards to allow in the air, but I am sure Texas head coach Mack Brown expects more from the Horns’ secondary.
In fact, the Longhorns defense—except for a few highlight-reel stops—looked out of sync throughout the entire matchup with the Red Raiders.
And if Texas plans on remaining high in the polls with a shaky offensive system and a defense that appears to be weaker than expected, the Horns coaching staff better come up with a solution—and fast—if the team hopes to make a run this season.
Is it too late for the Longhorns to fix the blemishes and make some noise on the 2010 NCAA gridiron?
Absolutely not; but Texas has problems they must address—and correct—as soon as possible.
No. 3: Boise State Broncos Are Riding a 16-Game Winning Streak
Yes, you read that correctly; the Boise State Broncos improved the team’s winning streak to 16 straight victories with a 51-6 blowout win over Wyoming on Saturday, Sept. 18.
That’s a damn impressive winning streak in college football, no matter what conference, if you want my opinion.
And the Broncos will be looking to make it 17 consecutive wins when Boise State faces No. 24 Oregon State to begin conference play on Saturday, Sept. 25.
No. 2: Broncos Have Highest Football Ranking in School History
Boise State entered the 2010 college football season with the highest ranking in school history, and the Broncos aren’t planning on losing that ranking anytime soon.
In fact, if you were to ask the team, they’d probably tell you they are planning on climbing UP the ladder as the season wears on.
The No. 3 ranking for the Broncos football team, bringing an enormous smile to Boise State alumni and fans, is absolutely something to be proud of; and if things go as planned, they may even get a shot at the National Championship.
No. 1: Boise State Is Just Better Than Texas This Season, Plain and Simple
It’s tough to truly judge a team just two to three games into the college football season, but doing just that there’s a fairly simple solution: Boise State’s Broncos, plain and simple, have a better football team than the Texas Longhorns.
But it’s a long season, and a lot could change between now and next Sunday.
However, looking at things the way they currently stand, Boise State is a hands-down winner over the Horns.
Let the Lone Star hate mail begin…
Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org