Mid-Majors Rise Again in College Football

Chris BrooksCorrespondent IOctober 2, 2008

The Boise State Broncos are rolling yet again after a 38-3 beatdown of Louisiana Tech Wednesday night. The Broncos are 4-0 for the first time since 2006, when they went undefeated on their way to a Fiesta Bowl victory over the Oklahoma Sooners.

It may have been the single-greatest bowl game in the history of football. I remember running back Ian Johnson rushing into the end zone on the Statue of Liberty play to beat the Sooners in overtime. The ball went flying into the University of Phoenix Stadium stands, and Boise had shocked the football world.
Flash forward to 2008: Boise State (4-0) is ranked 17th in the nation, and with a win over Oregon and three blowout wins, there is not much to stop them. Of their last eight games, Boise plays four teams already with three or more losses, two teams with a .500 winning percentage, and two teams with winning records.
The only game of note is the last game of the season. Boise will host the currently 22nd-ranked Fresno State Bulldogs. If they continue their winning ways, they should go 12-0, win the WAC, and with help from a Mountain West team I am about to talk about, make a BCS bowl and crash the party for a major football university.
Remember when Steve Young was at Brigham Young University? A long time ago, yes? Well, the glory days of the Cougars in Provo have returned.
BYU is currently 4-0 and ranked eighth in the country in the AP polls. This is the first time since 2001 they have reached the top 10 in the college ranks. They have outscored their last two opponents (UCLA & Wyoming) by a combined 103-0! WOW!
BYU's road to the BCS will be a bit tougher than Boise, but it is a task they are ready to take on with full force. With games against TCU (4-1), Air Force (3-1), and No. 15 Utah (5-0), the Cougs have their hands full. But this week they face Utah State (1-3), and it will probably get ugly early and often in Logan, UT.
I do believe they win 11 or 12 games this season anyway. They are too good and playing too well to blow this opportunity. The way the BCS teams are dropping this season, do not be surprised if BYU stands alone at the end of the season.
It is doable, and it has been done before. You know what they say—history does in fact repeat itself. This may be the year for Cinderellas to take control of the big dogs.