BCS Blues: Why the Boise State Broncos Will End the Season at No. 1

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIOctober 27, 2010

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 25:  Linebacker Billy Derome #25 of the Boise State Broncos leads his team onto the field before the game against the Oregon State Beavers at Bronco Stadium on September 25, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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The Boise State Broncos are still undefeated after a not-so-great performance against Louisiana Tech University.

When a BCS Championship-caliber team has a bad game against a weak opponent, they still win and they win big. Boise St. played one of their worst games of the season but still managed to put up 49 points and win by 29.

The Broncos are not an underdog anymore, and they aren't the small school with no hope against the big teams. They were the underdog in 2007 when they needed trick plays to beat the Oklahoma Sooners.

Now, the Broncos are dealing with teams using the trick plays on them. Louisiana Tech even tried the Statue of Liberty play twice to try and generate some yards.

The BCS traditionalists will still argue strength of schedule and the usual predictable arguments, but it's time to get real...

This is a team that won a BCS Bowl game last year, returned over 90 percent of their starters, started the season ranked No. 3 and is a better team than they were last year.

They have dominated every opponent they've played, with the exception of Virginia Tech.

Virginia Tech is undefeated in the ACC right now and it looks like they could win the conference title. LSU (2007) and Alabama (2009) were the only other teams to recently beat Virginia Tech and score over 30 points on their defense.

They both went on to play in and win the national title game.

The polls and the computers keep picking teams other than Boise State to be the No. 1 team in the nation.

So far, most of them can't keep winning to keep that spot. Right now, there is an overrated Auburn team that is ranked No. 1 and an Oregon team ranked No. 2 that was dominated last year by this same Broncos team.

Most people will say it's hard to stay undefeated in the big conferences, that is why the No. 1 teams are losing. That tells me that there is not a clearly dominant team this season, like there has been in previous years.

Oregon is the only team I see that has dominated most of their opponents, but the Broncos owned the Ducks last yearit wasn't even as close, as the score showed.

Odds are, the BCS computers and the polls will keep trying to find teams to leap-frog the Broncos. They're hoping and wishing Oregon and Auburn don't lose and, if they do, they hope Michigan State and Missouri don't.

BCS traditionalists like Mark May and others are stuck in the past. It's 2010, not 1972, and schools like Boise State, Utah and TCU can compete with any school in the nation today.

The Broncos have victories over the Pac-10, Mountain West and Big-12 champions in recent years. This year, they could have a victory over the ACC Champion as well.

Utah has dominated Alabama and has defeated the Big East Champ in recent years.

This is the dawn of a new era. The gap is closing between the big schools and the small schools on the field. Unfortunately, we are letting politics off the field decide who deserves to be named the best.

Imagine going to your local tire provider to get new tires on your car. They sell you on a set because those tires are the best in the nation. You drive off and within a week they blow up and fail. So, you go back and the same people tell you that there is a new "best tire in the nation."

Well, you take those tires, and they blow up and fail you again the next week. At what point do you have to tell yourself, "Maybe these guys don't know what the hell they are talking about." If there truly was a nation's best tire, you wouldn't need to be changing them every week.

Boise State has done nothing but win, and every other team that has been ranked higher than the Broncos this year has failed and blown up.

The worst thing that could happen if the Broncos are ranked No. 1 at the end of the season is that they failjust like everyone else has done.

This isn't the same era when Notre Dame, Michigan, Nebraska and Miami dominated. This is the new era where the Boise States, Utah Utes, and TCU Horned Frogs are demanding and taking the respect they deserve.

It's time to do the right thing and put the team that deserves to be No. 1 in the national title game this season.

If Auburn goes undefeated, they deserve a title shot. If the Ducks, who are 0-2 against Kellen Moore and the Broncos in the last two years, go undefeated, then the Broncos should be ranked in front of them.

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