Why Boise State vs. Alabama Would Be the Most Compelling BCS Championship
This year in college football, teams are in a sort of depression—performance and talent wise. Auburn and Oregon are putting on a show for us, but I don't see the Tigers staying unbeaten through the next few weeks and Oregon really hasn't been tested enough to prove they are a true powerhouse.
Fans are desperate for a game that will put butts in the seats and generate prime time television ratings, and I just can't see any of the top teams creating the biggest buzz for a title game. Now if you want a great story line and a pretty evenly matched battle for the top spot in football, Alabama vs. Boise State would be the perfect match up to create that heavenly atmosphere.
I know what you are thinking—Alabama has two losses and should in no way be given a chance to play for a championship again. Boise State is a very realistic opportunity, but is Alabama really THAT far-fetched? They are ranked twelfth in the BCS rankings and have some teams that wouldn't get picked over them to play for the title already.
Like Bama, there are a plethora of very good teams out there that have slipped up this season, and some of those teams aren't even necessarily out of BCS Title contention, but when looking at the big picture, they probably won't be playing for a championship.
Alabama actually still has a chance.
Their strength of schedule is 10. Compare that to the 70th rank of Oregon, 81st for Boise and 79th for TCU and its easy to see why the Crimson Tide have lost a couple of times. They play No. 19 Mississippi State and face off with No. 2 Auburn in Tuscaloosa the final week of the season, which can boost their rankings in the BCS greatly if they can win both of those games.
Who would win this match up if it were to happen?
Compile that with some teams in front of them losing and an SEC Championship victory—another quality win—and Nick Saban's boys could be taking a trip to Glendale.
Just think of the attention an Alabama-Boise championship game would bring. Every year the Broncos are a quality team who in a normal season, doesn't lose a game. They are constantly big-time contenders and have proven they can play and beat the top-notch schools this country has to offer.
Alabama is the defending champs and a perennial powerhouse. They may have tripped up this year, but their losses are to some great programs and they are still just as good as any team in the country.
It would be Boise State's chance to quiet the critics and walk away with the hardware to show for all the hard work Chris Petersen and his coaching staff have put in to propel this team to football immortality—and who better to do against than last years champions.
Phil Lombardo is a Bleacher Report writing intern and a senior journalism/mass communications major at St. Bonaventure University.
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