No. 5 Boise State, the country's perennial Cinderella story, has kicked off the glass slippers and put on some combat boots as they continue to stomp their opponents both on and off The Blue. Because of that, over the past few days the Broncos have had an impressive group of people on the national sports scene begin to take notice of Boise State's accomplishments.
Most recently, Mark Richt, the head coach of the SEC East front runner Georgia, remarked, "I think Boise State can line up against anybody in America and have a realistic shot of winning."
In the same article this was followed by Bulldogs cornerback Sanders Commings who said "If they're the only undefeated team left, then they deserve to play in the national championship game. Every year they've proven themselves. They beat us at the beginning of the year, and now we're first in the SEC East."
Some big words from one of the better teams in the SEC, despite what SEC fans seem to think about Georgia's strength this year.
But that is not the only praise Boise State has recently received, as ESPN Insider Brock Huard claimed that the "Broncos are good enough to beat LSU, and deserve to be ranked ahead of Alabama."
He went on to say "Moore is better than any quarterback in the SEC." Given the current quarterbacks in the SEC, that is not much of a stretch. However, he went on to say that Moore is better than Andrew Luck as well, something that may as well be heresy in the college sports-writing profession.
Fellow ESPN and CBS sports writer and New York Times best selling author, Bruce Feldman, while on The Dan Patrick Show said:
Boise State would have a chance to move the ball against LSU if they ended up facing each other in the BCS title game. Feldman said West Virginia’s Geno Smith had success against LSU. And Boise State’s Kellen Moore is a lot better than any quarterback LSU or Alabama has seen.
With this recent praise, Boise State is now in a place where they have actually been before: the underdog the country is rooting for to finally conquer the only challenge that remains for them, the BCS Championship.
Surprisingly, this is an interesting turn around from early in the year when almost everyone, fellow Bleacher Report columnists included, were calling for all but the excommunication of Boise State from college football, simply because they were winning.
Do I think Boise State can beat LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma State or any of the other teams in the Top Ten?
Of course, but I also know that Boise could just as easily lose to them. The issue is they are never given the chance. When they were given the chance, guess what? They prevailed every single time.
What is interesting is that the calls for Boise State to finally receive its invite to the BCS Championship are louder this year than any other year in Broncos' history. Even during this time last year, when Boise State arguably had a better team, the Broncos were not receiving this much push from the media or this much push-back for that matter.
And, boy, is there a push-back. ESPN's main college football machine, ESPN College Gameday, has launched a massive campaign to keep Boise State out of the BCS, possibly because they are the only top 25 team in the country not in a conference that has a deal with ESPN.
Virtually every interview or feature on the BCS either dismisses Boise State as a non-issue or just ignores them all together. Even Houston gets more publicity then the Broncos, but C-USA has a deal with ESPN, so that may not be very surprising.
The real reason for Lou Holtz, Lee Corso and Chris Fowler's recent Boise State flip flop is unknown, but at least the Broncos still hang on to Kirk Herbstreit as a supporter, albeit one that has had his Boise State support reigned in.
What is known is Georgia has planted themselves in perfect position to compete for the coveted SEC championship and if that were to happen there is no way Boise State could be left out. Beating the SEC champ in the same season they won the SEC is much better than beating the ACC champ in 2010, and the PAC-10 champ in 2009. Both of which the Broncos accomplished.
Perhaps Georgia's rise and the myriad of records that have been broken by Kellen Moore have made many in the media take notice. Or, maybe it is because the rest of the BCS has been less than stellar this year.
The incredibly hyped Alabama-LSU game ended at 9-6 with not a touchdown scored, Oklahoma and Clemson lose to much weaker opponents, Stanford has been playing less than perfect and the same goes for Oklahoma State. Not exactly a standout season for anyone, save for LSU, and yes, Boise State.