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Given their amazing recent success, can you really say Boise State is a disrespected football program? Actually, yes, you can.
When it comes to getting a shot at a BCS national championship, the late Rodney Dangerfield’s got nothing on the Broncos in terms of getting no respect. College football fans from BCS power conferences like the SEC continue to argue that Boise State doesn’t deserve to play for a national championship, and yet, the Broncos keep winning every big game they play in, from the Statue of Liberty victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, to handing previously undefeated TCU its only loss in the 2010 Fiesta Bowl, to last season’s victory over Virginia Tech.
Although the Broncos suffered a slight hiccup against Nevada, Boise is back to its old tricks in 2011. Led by Kellen Moore, they dismantled the SEC’s Georgia in basically a season-opening road game at the Georgia Dome.
So isn’t it about time the Broncos get one big shot at the national championship? I know what all those haters are thinking—they don’t play anybody! Well, I feel like they would play everybody if enough non-conference schools stepped up to the plate.
I personally think we’ve seen enough of a sample of how well Boise can do against big-time competition. Would it kill the naysayers to give the Broncos one shot? Finally giving them a BCS championship appearance would please both sides.
If Boise wins, it will vindicate them once and for all as a true powerhouse, not merely Cinderella. And if they fall flat on their faces, all that speculation of whether they can truly hang with the big dogs can vanish, once and for all.
But considering how many undefeated teams will probably remain so at the end of the year, it doesn’t look like the disrespected Broncos are going to catch a break this year.