When a playoff doesn't exist in major college football, you have to rely on the voters. There's no way to prove it on the field, as with every other division in football and every other sport. Boise State is so far undefeated yet again this season. Yet if you look at the polls, the Broncos will once again be snubbed when selections are made for the BCS Bowls.
once again finds itself in the thick of the hunt for a Bowl Championship Series
It's familiar territory for the Broncos—they're in the Top 15 for the
fourth year in the last five.
consistency and all the accolades (the best winning percentage in the nation
over the last decade, the best home record in the nation, etc.), Boise State
has only one BCS Bowl to its credit and zero
appearances in the national championship game.
In the one BCS Bowl that Boise
State did receive an invitation to,
the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the Broncos defeated Oklahoma
43-42 in what has been called the greatest college football game ever.
was 11-0 in the regular season of 2004, 12-0 in 2006, 10-1 last season prior to
their game with Hawai'i and is
now 8-0 heading into this Saturday's showdown with Utah
State just shocked that same Hawai'i
team last weekend. Yet despite that
sparkling 41-2 regular season record in the four years, the Broncos have been
snubbed. In 2004, Utah
got to go to the Fiesta Bowl even though no team from the Mountain West
Conference has ever beaten Boise State
(The MWC is 0-11 vs. the Broncos).
This year, it's déjà vu all over again. Utah
once again is undefeated, same as Boise
State, and just narrowly beat TCU
13-10 last night in the final seconds.
TCU also has never beaten Boise
State; in fact they lost 34-31 in
the 2003 Fort Worth Bowl to the Broncos on their home field.
victory over TCU at home be more important to the voters than Boise
State's victory over the Oregon
Ducks in Autzen Stadium? So far, the
voters seem to think that TCU is a more powerful opponent than Oregon. Utah
is ranked 8th in the BCS
Standings while Boise State
is 10th. The nation's coaches
have Utah 9th and Boise
State 10th in their
poll. The Harris Poll also has Utah
9th and the Broncos 10th.
Only the Associated Press Poll (which doesn't count in the BCS
Standings) shows Boise State
(9th) ahead of Utah
The burning question remains—should both Utah
and Boise State
be fortunate enough to win their remaining games, will the Broncos once again
be snubbed? Will Utah
once again be the team that gets selected over Boise
State? Or will both undefeated teams get chosen?
It's definitely something to watch as the season draws to a