College Football Rankings: 5 Reasons Boise State Should Be No. 1

Randy DobsonContributor IOctober 24, 2010

College Football Rankings: 5 Reasons Boise State Should Be No. 1

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    Not blowing Smoke...these guys can play.Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

    Like it or not, Boise State is now college football’s No. 1 team.

    Or, at least, it should be.

    I would like to see someone present a logical argument against the Broncos, something the robotic, blue-blood political machine that is the BCS certainly cannot do.

    Given the current BCS system, I simply cannot make a more legitimate argument for any other school—BCS automatic qualifier or not—to be ranked ahead of the blue and orange from Idaho.

    So here are the top five reasons why Boise State should take over the No. 1 spot.

Boise State Is Talent-Laden

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    Cowboys QB Kelln MooreOtto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

    Sure, there are teams loaded with the nation's 4- and 5-star recruits coming out of high school.

    However, you may be surprised at just how talented a squad Boise State has assembled this season.


    Award Watch lists:

    Jeremy Avery, Sr. RB – Doak Walker Award   

    Kyle Brotzman, Sr. PK – Lou Groza Award

    Jeron Johnson, Sr. DB – Lott Trophy,Jim Thorpe Award

    Doug Martin, Jr. RB – Paul Hornung Award

    Kellen Moore, Jr. QB – Davey O'Brien Award,Manning Award,Walter Camp Award,Maxwell Award

    Austin Pettis, Sr. WR – Biletnikoff Award

    Nate Potter, Jr. OL – Rotary Lombardi Award,Outland Trophy

    Ryan Winterswyk, Sr. DE – Rotary Lombardi Award,Bronko Nagurski Award,Chuck Bednarik Award

    Titus Young, Sr. WR – Biletnikoff Award.

    On top of that, the list of preseason All-Americans on this team is impressive, with Jeron Johnson, Kellen Moore, Austin Pettis, Billy Winn, Ryan Winterswyk and Titus Young.

A History of Winning

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    Players celebrating a second Fiesta Bowl Victory in 4 yearsJed Jacobsohn/Getty Images

    Since 1999, the Broncos are 6-4 in bowl games, playing in one every year except 2001.

    This streak includes victories over current BCS automatic qualifiers Louisville (Big East), Iowa State and Oklahoma (Big 12). 

    Further, though not invited to the dance very often, Boise State has made the most if its opportunities.

    They are 2-0 in BCS game appearances, with victories over Oklahoma and TCU in the 2007 and 2010 BCS Fiesta Bowls, respectively.

Leading By Example

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    Celebrating a second Fiesta Bowl ChampionshipJamie Squire/Getty Images

    Since taking over as the Broncos' head coach in 2005, Chris Petersen has a remarkable 55-4 record.

    That is a winning percentage of 93.2 percent! 

    His teams have gone 9-4 (7-1 Western Athletic Conference), 13-0 (8-0), 12-1 (8-0) and 14-0 (8-0), with last year's squad becoming only the third team in the history of major college football to go 14-0.

    Don't look now, but Boise State currently owns the nation's longest active win streak at 20, with no signs of letting up soon.

Fundamentally Making Their Point

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    Making his point stickOtto Kitsinger III/Getty Images

    In reality, as you're reading this, the Oregon Ducks will be sitting atop the BCS standings.

    People are quick to point out that Boise never plays quality opponents.

    However, over the past year, the Broncos have defeated No. 19 Oregon State (on the road); beat No. 7 Virginia Tech in Landover, Maryland (a virtual home game for the Hokies); and thoroughly dominated the same Oregon team last fall in Boise.

    As fans, we tend to base our opinions of teams' relative worth on head-to-head match-ups. And Boise St. clearly wins that battle.

    Considering the current mess that decides college football's national champion, I can't think of a team, having been tried and tested, more deserving of a No. 1 ranking than Boise State.

No More Excuses

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    To the voctor go the spoilsChristian Petersen/Getty Images

    So, Boise State has built a winning tradition, playing anyone who cares to take the challenge, and has won—a lot.

    Boise has played the Oregon States, played the VA Techs and played the Oregons of the world.

    And Boise State has, thus far, emerged victorious.

    So, what else do the Broncos need to do to gain your confidence?

    What else are they going to have to prove to you?

    No more excuses.