- Select another state:NO BCS, BOISE IS FOR REALBy Drew Mayes
As I scroll across the college football landscape I can't help but notice the dripping hypocrisy of the Bowl Championship Series. When a conference like the Big East maintains its automatic berth into one of the multimillion dollar bowls after its four top teams bolt for the Atlantic Coast Conference, the system is broken, or worse yet, rigged.
Can we just call it what it is: the anti-West BCS? You're really going to tell me that a basketball-first conference full of lumberjacks and Southern rednecks deserves an automatic berth more than a Mountain West or Western Athletic Conference team? Remember when Utah broke into the Eastern elite boys' club that is the BCS and played the best the Big East had to offer? Oh yeah, the BCS team got spanked.
And that is exactly what is going to happen again this year when undefeated Boise State finishes off two-loss Oklahoma.
Don't believe it? Look at the schedule. Yeah, that's right -- I said the schedule. That is the only thing the college football traditionalists run their mouths about anymore regarding non-BCS teams: "Look at the schedule -- look at who they play." So let's do just that; let's look at who the Broncos have taken down.
Oregon State 42-14: Yep, the same Beavers team that took down USC, which is the one West Coast team you respect, because after three straight national championship appearances ... you have to. So much for not being able to handle a BCS team.
Hawaii 41-34: The Warriors are a team on the verge of breaking into the Top 25 and gave Alabama all the Tide could handle the first week of the season on the road. The Broncos outgunned the most potent offense in the country at its own game, and nobody has been able to slow down the Warriors since.
Utah 36-3: On the road, in front of a sold-out, hostile crowd -- in a game built up as the showdown between the top two non-BCS teams of the decade -- Boise State dominated. They finally extracted revenge from the team that stole their BCS bid a couple years ago when Boise finished undefeated, as well.
While the Broncos are unquestionably deserving of a BCS berth this year, college football in the entire state of Idaho is on the rise. Dennis Erickson's brief stint at the University of Idaho gave a program that is showing signs of life some national media attention. Another former Vandal head coach, John L. Smith (who was fired by Michigan State), could return to his roots, which would be great for Moscow, Idaho.
Bottom line: ESPN has contributed greatly to the demise of the focus on a few traditional teams, and I thank them for that. With the network regularly showing schools like Boise State to a national audience, blue-chip recruits care less about the tradition of Notre Dame or Oklahoma.
Why live in some podunk town like Lincoln, Nebraska, or some backwoods Southeastern college town when a player can live in a beautiful place like Boise and still play ball in front of a national audience on the most unique turf in the country?
The Broncos played four games on ESPN or ESPN2 this year. Add a national Fiesta Bowl game on Fox. Boise State is getting national exposure comparable to any team outside of South Bend.Your TurnESPN.com wants your opinion about where Idaho ranks as a pro, college or high school football state. Submit your thoughts
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