Boise State fans rejoice as the football gods continue to rain goodness upon the Broncos, as two teams blocking Boise State’s BCS National Championship hopes fell this weekend.
Much like last Saturday when Wisconsin and Oklahoma lost, this week two unbeaten teams went down, with No. 5 Clemson and No. 8 Kansas State the losers. Since No. 1 LSU faces No. 2 Alabama next Saturday, that just leaves the No. 3 Oklahoma State Cowboys and the No. 6 Stanford Cardinal threatening Boise State.
The Cowboys must play a decent Kansas State, their powerful arch-rivals in Oklahoma, and a surging Texas. If the Cowboys win all those games, they most definitely deserve the big game, but if they falter, Boise State has a direct line to the the BCS National Championship—that is if Stanford doesn't have something to say about that.
Bronco fans held their breath through three overtimes as the watched USC finally succumb to Stanford 56-48. But Stanford is still barreling towards a November 12th matchup with the No. 7 Oregon Ducks. Given the way Oregon has been playing, it doesn't take a Stanford graduate to figure out the Ducks will likely be favored in the game.
With Boise State heavily favored in the rest of their games, this is the best chance Boise State has at New Orleans. If both Stanford and Oklahoma State lose, the Broncos are, most assuredly, in the national championship. But some ugly discussion about alternatives to having two undefeated teams in the championship have arisen.
There has been a lot of talk about a potential one-loss team leapfrogging Boise State. The only team I could see doing that is Oregon. The loser of Alabama-LSU would have lost too late in the season to recover and it would just be disgusting to see an all-SEC national championship, especially if there is another unbeaten team in the FBS.
Oklahoma will not pass Oregon either since they lost to an unranked Texas Tech at home, while Oregon lost to No. 1 LSU at a neutral site. The voters will see the obvious difference in the two losses and vote accordingly.
However, even if Oregon is the team that passes Boise State, is it really fair to have a one-loss team pass an undefeated team?
No, not at all.
The bottom line is, Boise State, Stanford, Oklahoma State, LSU, Alabama and even Houston, as undefeated teams, have proven they are perfect, and until they prove they prove otherwise, deserve legitimate consideration for the national championship.
Oregon and Oklahoma are not perfect, and the loser of LSU-Alabama will prove they are not worthy either.
Until Boise State loses, there is no reason to think they are not the best team in the country. With that being said, if there are other undefeated BCS teams—like Stanford or Oklahoma State—at the end of the year, they should go to the BCS National Championship over the Broncos. However, if Boise is one of only two undefeated teams, they should be the one awarded the shot.
Regardless, you know what would solve all of this? A playoff.