Boise State Doesn’t Play the Game
By Paul Myerberg // Oct 17, 2010
As if we needed another reason to question the motives of several voters in either polls. Let’s take a look, if you dare, at the poll put forth by ESPN’s Craig James. Heading into Saturday, James had the following top five: Alabama, Oregon, Ohio State, Nebraska and Boise State. What’s done is done; it’s not a terrible top group, all told. Here’s the top five James has heading into today: Oregon, Auburn, Oklahoma, Boise State and Michigan State.
I suppose we can understand Auburn’s bump, as the Tigers dispatched Arkansas in a 65-point onslaught. Oklahoma, on the other hand — the Sooners, sixth a week ago, takes a three-spot leap thanks to a win over mighty Iowa State. Boise State suffers. Why? If for nothing else, it’s because Boise doesn’t play to impress the national voting bloc. And the Broncos should be commended for it.
Do you think Boise State couldn’t have scored 80 points on San Jose State last night? The Broncos could have scored 100, in fact, if they had kept the pedal down for four quarters. Instead, the Broncos barely broke a sweat for 30 minutes.
Boise held a 41-0 advantage at the half. Kellen Moore completed 14 of his 16 attempts over the first two quarters, throwing for 231 yards and a pair of scores; Doug Martin rushed for 68 yards and 2 touchdowns; Titus Young made 7 receptions for 105 yards; and neither was heard from again.
Beauty points, sadly, count for something. When Boise called off the dogs — with only half the game in the books — it cost itself some national recognition. Again — sadly. Voters shouldn’t be swayed by margin of victory; they are, however, and would have taken notice of the Broncos had they rolled through the second half with another 40-point outburst instead of doing the right thing.
The right thing: not humiliating your opponent. The Broncos take their cue from their coach, Chris Petersen, who while dry and taciturn remains one of the best leaders — not to mention one of the best coaches — in the country. Gaining an extra vote or two, while good for Boise’s end goal, sends the wrong message to a program built on gaining respect, not losing the respect of others to impress the national punditry.
When all is said and done, Boise wins. We know for this sure in the little picture: Boise has already won my respect. It’s not just about winning, but in the way the Broncos go about doing so. Oklahoma continued to pass into the second half against a second-tier conference foe — and are rewarded for the impressive margin of victory.
Boise called off the dogs. See, Boise doesn’t play the game — doesn’t know how to, doesn’t want to, wouldn’t for all the B.C.S. money in the world. Those voters not paying attention, merely glancing over the final score while completing their misguided ballot, are missing the point. Boise could score 80 points against a San Jose State team, likely earning national praise and recognition.
The Broncos choose not to. Don’t penalize them for doing the right thing. If there is any fair play lurking somewhere in the B.C.S. — deep, deep down inside — Boise State’s sense of fair play will result in a chance to show just how impressive it can be against a top-notch foe with a national title on the line.
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