The Chip Gets Larger

Despite finishing in the nation's Top 15 for three consecutive years (2002-2004)and despite owning the third best record in the country since 1999 (75-16), Boise State continues to be ignored by the pollsters and pundits. After a 42-14 win over Oregon State, the Broncos are refused back into the Top 25.

When there's a chip in your windshield, you better fix the problem or it will continue to grow. That is the scenario right now for the Boise State football team.

The Boise State Broncos have felt disrespected before. Its part of the glass ceiling that exists in college football. That lack of respect has added to the considerable chip that you can find on the shoulder of every Bronco player.

Despite an impressive 42-14 win over Oregon State Thursday before a nationally-televised audience, Boise State received zero respect from both the nation's coaches and its media. The Broncos remained 28th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll and 27th in the Associated Press poll. Both current polls can be accessed at the ESPN site, ESPN Rankings Page.

Here are some of the Coaches' choices:

#11 Tennessee remained at #17 despite a 31-30 win over Air Force. The Volunteers might not be unbeaten had it not been for a ridiculous Air Force move to go for two rather than sending the game into overtime. Tennessee did, however ,look like a top-20 team in dismantling and dominating preseason Top-10 Cal in their opening game of the season..

#15 Miami of Florida is still ranked despite losing to Florida State. Florida is the team that barely defeated Troy at home 24-17.

#21 California is still ranked despite a 1-1 record. The loss was a 35-18 pounding by Tennessee, who of course struggled to beat Air Force at home.

#24 Alabama moved up from #25 despite barely defeating perennial bottom-feeder Vanderbilt at home by a score of 13-10. The week before, the Crimson Tide barely defeated fellow WAC member Hawai'i in Alabama, 25-17.

Texas Tech moved from #24 to #22. The Red Raiders had to struggle on their own turf with UTEP. Texas Tech happens to be in the same conference that also contains 0-2 Colorado, who not only lost to a Division I-AA team but also to Colorado State.

#20 TCU moved up from #22 after playing a UC Davis team that just a couple of years ago was DII. TCU looked much more comfortable handling UC Davis then they did the week before as they struggled mightily against Big-12 cellar-dweller Baylor.

Some people moan that Boise State has not had a good record of beating Bowl Championship Conference teams, and then when they blast one 42-14, they receive no credit from the voters. That not only is a slam to the Broncos, but also to Oregon State.

Boise State travels to Laramie to take on the much-improved Wyoming Cowboys this Saturday afternoon.

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