Kellen Moore has led Boise State to an undefeated record.
They aren't exciting enough.
They can't stop the high-powered offenses or score on the great defenses of the power conferences.
Their players aren't good enough.
They don't play a tough schedule.
Gee, where have I heard that before?
Boise State, the most consistent team in college football, is also the most scrutinized and dissed. Because they play in the Western Athletic Conference(WAC), they are continually regarded as the good but not great little brother to the favored SEC, Pac-10, Big Ten, ACC and Big 12 "giants." Yet I'm led to believe that the Broncos could contend in any of these so-called "power conferences."
You see, in a sport that prides itself on making "every game count," Boise State has taken it to heart more than any other team. They have won 24 straight, and 36 out of the last 37. Those 36 wins have been against teams such as Oregon State, Nevada and TCU. Oh yeah, and they have beat Oregon—the current No. 1 team in the country—two years in a row.
For those who say they don't have enough of a "wow" factor or enough "style points" to gain the No. 1 spot in the polls, look no further than their points score versus points allowed over the past three seasons. That number is 1522 for, 519 against. They have tripled up their opponents over the last three years!
If both TCU and Boise State go undefeated, and Auburn or Oregon loses, who should play in the National Championship?
In the last three seasons they have scored 50 or more points ten times, including 60 twice. Boise is second nationally in points for and points against. They also have the fifth best passing offense and 20th best rushing offense in college football.
If that's not an exciting, talented team, I don't know what is.
Boise also has some incredible players that make up this great team. Kellen Moore is a legitimate Heisman candidate and will be a first- or second-round pick in next year's NFL draft. He is flanked by Titus Young and Austin Pettis, who have 988 and 688 yards respectively and eight touchdowns apiece.
The Broncos also employ a solid run game. While Doug Martin gets most of the carries, I have seen Jeremy Avery, DJ Harper and Jarvis Hodge all play and all four backs bring a lot of positives to the table.
Defensively, Boise State has a terrific front four, led by Ryan Winterswyk and Billy Winn Jr., that absolutely manhandled Virginia Tech's offensive line that has recently been dominating opponents in the ACC. They helped hold VT's Ryan Williams to just 44 yards rushing and Tyrod Taylor to under 300 all-purpose yards. Other standouts include safeties George Iloka and Jeron Johnson, cornerback Braynden Thompson and linebacker Darren Mackey.
All in all, the name of the game on the blue turf in Boise, Idaho is consistency.
Boise State wins year after year after year, yet they get no respect. Hopefully, Auburn loses and the Broncos kill Nevada, because then the BCS will have no choice but to put them in the National Championship where they will most likely play Oregon, a team they have beaten twice in the past two years.
Boise deserves it, whether the BCS thinks so or not.