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Put ‘em in or keep ‘em out? The Boise State debate
Under-appreciated or overrated. Slighted or skating by. Put ‘em in or keep ‘em out.
No matter where you go, everybody has an opinion about the Boise State Broncos.
The great debate of the 2010 college football season is whether No. 4 Boise State, if it has another undefeated regular season, should play in the BCS championship game on Jan. 10 in Glendale, Ariz.
With every week that goes by, with every victory the Broncos rack up, with every team that passes them in the polls, the argument becomes more heated.
A few years ago fans of the Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten didn’t give much thought to Boise State. And those that did probably got a kick out of the BCS-busting Broncos, with their trick plays and post-game wedding proposals.
Now Boise State, which plays in the Western Athletic Conference _ a league without an automatic bid to the Bowl Championship Series that clearly isn’t as difficult as the SEC, Big Ten, Pac-10 or Big 12 _ seems to be the most hated team in the country. Or the most beloved.
On one side there’s this: “There’s no question that (the Broncos) deserve a chance,” said Aaron Taylor, the former Notre Dame lineman who now works as an analyst for CBS College Sports. “They have proven that once they get a chance to play against the best teams, they can handle themselves.”
On the other side there’s this: “Boise State can beat anybody in the country,” ESPN’s Lee Corso said on College Gameday earlier in the season. “But they play 10 non-BCS opponents and two BCS opponents in Virginia Tech and Oregon State. There’s your answer.”
Dig into the Boise State debate and what you’ll find is two distinct questions:
1) How does Boise State stack up against the likes of Alabama, Ohio State, Oregon, Oklahoma and Nebraska?
2) Should the Broncos be rewarded with a spot in the national championship game when they will ultimately play weaker competition, on the whole, than the other top teams in the country?
The general consensus on the first question is the Broncos can play with any team.
Taylor has seen Boise State in person, on television and he has broken down coach’s tape of the Broncos.
Taylor put it this way: if you took Boise State and, say, No. 6 Oklahoma and started picking 11 starters on each side of the ball from those two rosters, he figures you’d have just about as many Broncos as Sooners among the 22 players.
By Bob Dole
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