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Bortles off to NFL draft
Not long after leading 17-point underdog UCF to a 52-42 upset win over the No. 6 Baylor Bears in the Fiesta Bowl, Blake Bortles has decided to declare for the 2014 NFL draft. Bortles, a redshirt junior, threw for 301 yards and three touchdowns and rushed for another in his first game on the big stage. Heading into the bowl, ESPN.com's Todd McShay had Bortles going No. 3 overall in his mock draft. Bortles also is the 15th-rated prospect overall, according to Scouts Inc., behind only Teddy Bridgewater at the quarterback position. Was this a good move? What is his NFL future?
Who will win the Fiesta Bowl?
Don't be put off by the lack of prestige traveling to Glendale, Ariz., this January. While Baylor and UCF aren't exactly renowned programs, each will relish its rare trip to a major bowl. The Bears haven't been to a big postseason contest in decades. The Knights? Never. The only thing that might make the Fiesta Bowl an uninteresting blowout is Baylor's offense; the nation's best scoring unit has been hard for everyone (except Oklahoma State) to stop. Can George O'Leary's group figure out a way?
A lot of college football fans will tell you their two favorite teams are their team and whoever plays their rival that Saturday. But it sure feels like Boise State is gaining ground on the latter part of that equation.
There are a lot of things working in Boise State's favor as it builds a nationwide network of fans. The Broncos play at least five games on ESPN or ESPN2 this season, all on weekday nights when college football fans are craving something to tide them over until Saturday. And since it's safe to say the BCS isn't America's most popular institution, it only makes sense to support the team whose diverse playbook has helped poke holes in the system's flaws. Plus, let's be honest, who doesn't love them some blue turf?
So as long as they aren't playing your team, is Boise State America's team?
Ivan, pretend that Boise State is any BCS conference this year...where do you rank them? Is it still third (AP), fifth (Coaches) or something else?
I understand your point. But Boise State has won two Fiesta Bowls in the last four years. They have 20-plus starters returning from an undefeated team. I don't think anyone need apologize for ranking the Broncos high. And if they lose, we'll be wrong and we'll all move on. Full transcript
How do you think Boise would do in the PAC-10? It's much easier to get up for 1 (max. 2) games per year, compared to having to show up every week (except against Wazzu).
Pac-10 blogger Ted Miller
Hard to say: Boise is a good team, and it is particularly good at preparing for big games. But as you say, playing a quality foe just about every week is something the Broncos have not done. I do think this year's Boise State team would finish in the top-third of the Pac-10, perhaps even win the conference. Full transcript