Murderer's Row: Why Boise Deserves to Play in a BCS Bowl Game over Ohio State

Elias TrejoSenior Analyst IIDecember 2, 2010

BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 19:  Kellen Moore #11 of the Boise State Broncos calls the play against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on November 19, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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I was sent an E-mail today from a fan that had a link to Mike and Mike's ESPN's Radio Show.

They told me they were talking about Boise State's strength of schedule. I almost didn't open it. I've heard all I've wanted to hear about the SOS debate.

Boise lost a game to a very good Nevada team. To many people that was enough to justify that Boise didn't even belong in the BCS Bowl discussions.

I agreed with that assessment. How could I disagree? The unspoken law is that if an AQ team doesn't go undefeated then there should be no way in hell they deserve to play in a BCS Bowl game.

As I looked at the latest BCS projections many people have Ohio State playing in a Bowl Game. I can't help but to think about the quote from Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee.

"Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football," said Gee. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.

So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there's some reason to believe that they [are] not be the best teams in the big ballgame."

I can totally see why Ohio State would get a BCS Bowl bid over Boise St. when they have the same record. Ohio State plays a tougher schedule than the Broncos do.

Then I opened the video and watched. 

I was shocked at what I saw and heard. They were discussing Jeff Sagarin's NCAA Football Ratings, which is one of the formulas used in the BCS computer polls.

These numbers are math, and unbiased. They don't lie, and despite what public perception may be, it is reality.

Ohio State's strength of schedule is ranked 64th in the nation. If that is murderers row, and Boise plays the Little Sisters of the Poor, then Boise should be ranked a lot lower right?

I looked up the rankings to make sure I wasn't being jived, and Boise State's strength of schedule is in fact better than Ohio State's. The Broncos strength of schedule is ranked 62nd in the nation.

I know what people are going to say, and they'll use the same argument that they use all the time.

"If Boise was in the SEC, or Big 12 they couldn't go undefeated."

That argument doesn't matter because it isn't reality.

I could argue that I could dunk a basketball if I was 6'6" I or at least touch the rim. The unfortunate reality is, I'm not 6'6" and Boise isn't in either conference, so why bring it up?

All season, Boise State's strength of schedule has been beaten on by everyone, including BCS traditionalists.

What do they have to say now that Ohio State's strength of schedule this year is ranked behind Boise States?

Will they be hypocrites and ignore the facts? Will president Gee acknowledge the fact that he opened his mouth before engaging his brain? Will Lindsay Lohan ever sober up?

These are all questions we must answer this season. As for the Broncos and the Buckeyes? You'll see both teams again next year in the top 10 towards the end of the season. As for Lindsay Lohan—stay thirsty my friends.

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