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Can We Put This to Bed?

Pop in the tape: rewind, fast forward, stop, play, slow-mo, reverse, three-times speed. No matter how you replay Saturday night’s win over Georgia, you come to the same conclusion. Boise State wasn’t just better-coached than an SEC team, playing in SEC country in front of an SEC crowd; Boise State was just better, pure and simple, and that’s the underlying message stemming from yet another marquee win over yet another marquee non-conference opponent.

Boise is too proud to flaunt its high-profile wins, leaving that to a former WAC and future Mountain West foe, but the list of those who fell short against the Broncos reads like a Who’s Who of college football’s elite: Oklahoma, T.C.U., Oregon, Virginia Tech and Georgia, to name a few.

It’s the latter opponent that really stands out. And it’s not just because it’s Georgia, though the Bulldogs are better than they were made out to be on Saturday night. They’ll make a run towards the SEC East, a quest that begins in earnest next Saturday against South Carolina.

The win matters because of the three letters associated with a win over Georgia: SEC. For all of Boise’s recent success, the Broncos lacked a win against the nation’s premier conference. And that’s why, for all intents and purposes, many believed Georgia would take control while playing Boise in its own backyard — there’s speed, there’s athleticism, there’s talent, and then there’s all of the above in the SEC.

How do you overcome speed, talent and athleticism, when all three are firmly in your opponent’s corner? By being methodical; by being well-coached, well-versed in all that you want and need to do; by not making mistakes; by playing confident; by doing everything you’ve done for five years, and doing it well.

And I hope that, with a 35-21 win over the Bulldogs in Atlanta, we can put to bed the idea that Boise State can’t play with — and beat, I promise you — every team in the country. Those that doubted to this point, especially those in the SEC, should no longer have a leg to stand on when belittling Boise’s standing among the upper slice of the country.

The Broncos dominated the time of possession. Made plays on special teams, both in terms of its own kicking and return game and in terms of bottling up Georgia’s own explosiveness in returns. The Broncos stayed consistent and balanced offensively, maintaining a ground game despite the tough sledding afforded the backfield by Georgia’s stout front seven.

The Broncos picked apart the Georgia secondary. Absolutely picked the entire defense apart, actually. Boise took Georgia’s best shot early — the 80-yard touchdown run, the crowd, the noise — and swung back with uppercut after uppercut, not knocking the Bulldogs out but beating and bloodying its quicker, faster, more talented opponent.

Any and all questions were answered. The doubters should be silenced, though they’ll now use Georgia itself as reason to diminish Boise’s key win. Here’s the new line: Georgia’s not that good, they’ll say. Take on a real SEC opponent, they’ll say.

That’s ridiculous. Let the year play out before using that argument — and do the same with T.C.U., as while the Horned Frogs are 0-1 today they’ll be 9-3, if not 10-2, by the time we get to bowl play. Georgia’s bound to do the same: not quite national title material, the Bulldogs are absolutely an SEC East contender, and one of three teams with a valid shot at meeting an Alabama or L.S.U. in the conference title game in December.

Save the negativity. We can put to bed the idea that Boise isn’t fit to share the stage with anyone: the Broncos just went into Atlanta and picked apart Georgia, giving the program perhaps its biggest win to date under Chris Petersen. Next step: Toledo, followed by Tulsa, Nevada, Fresno State, Air Force, T.C.U. and so on. And, if all goes according to plan, another date with an SEC foe in New Orleans on Jan. 9, 2012.

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  1. DMK says:

    … and an SEC team has to win 6 or 7 such match-ups in the same season to get a shot at a national title. Boise … cannot. Such teams aren’t on its schedule.

    The week-in-week-out argument won’t be resolved until Boise dose it week in and week out, along the way looking invulnerable one game, shaky the next, but always coming away with a win.

    Every year there are several top BCS AQ teams that win big games against ranked teams. On the road. And they do it again! Then again!! Then win another!!! Then they lose a tough one and that’s that: end of championship talk.

    Boise could have beaten UGA 70-0 and it wouldn’t have put that argument to bed. And watch out for Nevada.

  2. Wizardhawk says:

    So we are to believe BSU can beat any team in the country and deserves to be in the NCG conversation because they beat a team you yourself had ranked 26th? I wouldn’t say they need to play a real SEC team as you suggest, but rather play ANYONE in the top 10. At least play 3-4 top 25 teams like pretty much every AQ does.

    No, BSU plays a cupcake schedule and it is baffling how otherwise football smart people can be snookered into believing a team that plays no one is the best team in the nation.

    Part of me wants to see BSU reach the NCG and get just smoked so that the BCS gets blown up and rebuilt to add SoS and we can put this nonsense about dominate mid-majors to bed once and for all. The other part of me says no way, teams should earn their way into such a game and beating a lackluster Georgia shouldn’t be the only thing on your resume to get there.

  3. TuscaloosaLion says:

    Just stop…

    In 2009, one might conclude that Boise St. was better than Oregon, since they beat Oregon (again). If Oregon could go on to win 17 of its next 18 conference games, why am I to believe Boise State could not similarly handle taht conference?

    Last year, I think it’s safe to say Boise State was better than a Va. Tech team that … merely went undefeated in ACC play. Why am I to believe that Boise State couldn’t do the same.

    As contended here, the one last excuse was that the Pac 10 and the ACC were not the SEC (largely a moot point, since undefeated or one-loss or even two-loss SEC teams make it to the champiinship; the debate is more likely over whether Boise State has a chance to join them). Now they just owned Georgia in Georgia.

    Or put it another way, since playing a tough week-to-week schedule seems so blasted imoortant, answer this: what team do you feel certain — absolutely certain — coukd go beat Boise State on a neutral field in week 2?

  4. DMK says:

    I’m not absolutely certain that any team could beat Boise on a neutral field next week. Nor am I certain that Boise could beat any top-25 team on a neutral field next week. But I’d be surprised if Boise could get past 6 or 7 top teams in a season. Why am I skeptical? Because in any give season only 1 or 2 teams manage that feat. Ever. In the history of football. When Boise beats 6 top teams in a season, then they will have done it. Until they’ve done it, they haven’t done it.

    In the current system, they don’t deserve a chance. In a playoff system, they’d get a shot. But so would all of those top teams who’d dropped a game or two during the year!

    So, Boise’s in a tough spot: we’re all enchanted with Boise being that obscure object of desire, but the truth (a harsh one) is that they play a 2-game season and other squads play a 7-game season. Run the math on who has the best shot to finish undefeated and play for a national championship.

  5. SixWinSeason says:

    The Boise I watched would do just fine in the SEC. They might lose 1 or 2 along the way, key word being might. Just like LSU might lose 1 or 2 along the way, or Alabama, or SC.

  6. TuscaloosaLion says:

    DMK,

    You’re over-stating your case. Very few teams face a 6-7 game gauntlet that you suggest. The exception is the SEC, and, as I said, that’s become a moot point — every SEC champion, regardless of record (even 2-loss LSU) has made it to the BCS championship for the better part of a decade.

    Who faces six top teams? Ohio State? Florida State?

    If you’re talking the Big 12, there might be a case to be had this year, but to generally categorize Boise State’s schedule as a “two-game schedule” and BCS schools as playing 6-7 top teams is simply a misrepresentation.

    Even Alabama won’t face “6 top teams” this year, unless you want to stretch that definition to include Auburn and Penn State.

  7. DMK says:

    So, Boise might end up, in our imaginations, like Auburn did last year. Just as likely they’d end up like last year’s LSU, Arkansas, Bama, SCarolina, Miss. St., Georgia, or Florida (or Stanford, tOSU, Wisconsin, MichSt, etc., etc., etc.)

    The BCS system aims to identify the two teams who’ve best proven themselves worthy over the course of a grueling season. We can speculate that Boise *might* prove themselves, but they’re just not in a position to do it.

  8. qx says:

    Guys, the real reason BSU plays in a cupcake conference is because they’re so good already, if they had access to SEC recruits and SEC funding they’d simply turn into the best football team of all time and college football will have to be canceled forever because of their unquestionable domination. They’re just doing everyone else a favor playing a couple middle-of-the-pack teams from good conferences per season so that we could only guess how good they would be if they played multiple top-25 teams (dare I dream, a single top-10 team) per season, just like most every team in an AQ conference.

  9. TuscaloosaLion says:

    DMK,

    We’re not as far apart as I imagined. My fruustration mounts when people confidently proclaim that Boise State simply couldn’t run the table in a BCS conference. You at least entertain that as a possibility, as I have to entertain the notion that — since it’s all conjecture anyway — it might not happen. I’d simply argue that the information we do have available makes it seem more likely than not that they’d do quite well … Extremely well in the ACC and Pac 10.

    Qx,

    Oregon and Virginia Tech we not middle-of-the-pack teams. They won their conferences.

  10. Wizardhawk says:

    “In 2009, one might conclude that Boise St. was better than Oregon, since they beat Oregon (again). If Oregon could go on to win 17 of its next 18 conference games, why am I to believe Boise State could not similarly handle taht conference?”
    Clearly BSU was better than Oregon and no one is taking away the impressive win at Autzen. However it is a far cry to then say if they played in the Pac they would go undefeated. Every year there are teams expected to go 12-0 that have one bad week and fall. Boise St never has that chance. NEVER

    “Last year, I think it’s safe to say Boise State was better than a Va. Tech team that”
    The same VT team that lost to James Madison? Do you even follow the sport?

    “As contended here, the one last excuse was that the Pac 10 and the ACC were not the SEC …Now they just owned Georgia in Georgia.”
    No, the fact is you need to play a schedule where you face challenges from different teams through out an entire season and all BSU does is win one game and coast. Besides, beating a bad Georgia doesn’t say they would/could beat Bama or LSU. It just says they beat Georgia. As I said, even Paul has Georgia out of the top 25 and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them drop well into the 30′s before the season is out.

    BSU is a great team and it is possible they could beat anyone, but we cannot know if they actually would because they don’t play anyone worth the challenge of a team looking for a title. PERIOD. They will not face another ranked team the whole year in all likelihood and that is just sad. When you look at their road schedule it is even worse. Not a decent challenge in the whole season.

  11. DMK says:

    Yes! Boise has learned how to turn lead into gold. All of the 5-star recruits and high-profile coaching staffs are hypnotized. The real way to create the most sublimely exquisite football team of all time is to gather 2-stars together on a blue field and then flip a coin and hope you beat the one non-crap team on your schedule. Magic.

    *Do not*! flip the coin again; you’ve already proven it clearly and everyone can see it so plain and writ large.

  12. qx says:

    Lion,

    True, but those teams lost to Ohio State and JMU, respectively. BSU -MIGHT- have the same outcomes in ACC and PAC12, like you say, but not right away, and not every year. I think they’re already a solid top 20 team. But being a solid t20 team is just not good enough to get into the national title “conversation.” Not even close.

  13. TuscaloosaLion says:

    Wizard,

    The fact that Va. Tech lost to James Madison is irrelevant. They went undefeated in the ACC. So why am I supposed to believe that Boise State couldn’t?

    And I didn’t say that Boise State WOULD go undefeated in the Pac 10, but that they were evidently better than that league’s best team.

    You’re weighing non-evidence — what BSU mighht or might not do — over actual data, namely that Boise State, in each of the prior two years, handily beat a team that then handily won a BCS conference.

    The case that DMK makes is that we lack sufficient information, and that’s fair. But the information we do have suggests that Boise State’s ability to win a BCS conference is not some far-flung fantasy.

  14. tortillagod says:

    how do we know that oregon or georgia or vt would run the wac schedule unscathed? we don’t.

    it’s all conjecture and spin.

  15. H D Miller says:

    A real easy way to put this argument to bed seems to be available right now. The SEC is looking to maybe expand by adding Texas ATM. Just add BSU as well along with VT and maybe one of the Carolina schools.

    I know this will never happen for all kinds of business reasons since money is the most important thing in college football. But, rest assured BSU would jump on that opportunity.

    How can the SEC hold BSU’s schedule against it when they have the perfect opportunity to make BSU put up or shut up? Even make it a conditional membership. If they cannot become bowl eligible by their 2nd season revoke their membership.

    Set up a playoff so they have to play the best teams to earn the NC. If they are undefeated let them play in the MNC to show whether they can compete at that level or not. Or, let them into your conference since you are looking at expanding anyway to make them prove it.

  16. Burnt Orange says:

    Last year during this endless debate, we gave Boise the Mississippi State schedule and asked how would they do ? If we go through that exercise again, I see three possible losses – at Arky, Bama in Boise and LSU in Boise. Sure they could lose to some others but those would be the toughest games. After what I saw this weekend, I think all three of those games are winnable. Funny thing is, put them in the SEC East and you have to like their chances to get to the SEC championship game. Not saying they are Bama, but this team could compete for a championship in the SEC. And their coach is a threat to Rockne’s all time winning percentage if they stay in the MWC.

  17. DMK says:

    And, just like last year, that’s not too different from what we expect from the actual Mississippi State: We’d guess that there are two losses in there somewhere, tough breaks make it 4 or 5 losses, the stars align and there’s an SEC Champ. game to play.

    This year a Boised Miss. St. would have to get by Georgia and TCU and then take care of all the rest as expected.

    They’re the same team. Or, based on comparing schedules, we’d expect the same W-L record in the end.

    Both teams, after all, are trying to compete with the rich, trying to turn lead into gold, right?

  18. Greg says:

    people say the wouldnt be able to compete week in and week out in the SEC but everything for Boise would change if they were in the SEC. They could get better players, facilities. They would have more depth.

    But dont use logic with most SEC fans

  19. Burnt Orange says:

    @DMK – there are some comparisons between the programs and I want Dan Mullen in Austin, but Moore is a far superior quarterback to Relf. Give me Boise – in Starkville- on a Saturday night with unlimited cow bells. I would like to know where number 16 for State came from. His name escapes me but that kid is scary quick.

  20. Wizardhawk says:

    “The fact that Va. Tech lost to James Madison is irrelevant. They went undefeated in the ACC. So why am I supposed to believe that Boise State couldn’t?”
    So its relevant that BSU beat VT and VT went on to win the ACC, but not relevant that VT lost to James freaking Madison the week after they lost to BSU? Nice selective reasoning. Of course it matters. Clearly VT didn’t play well to open the season and that is so plainly evident that it defies logic that you ignore it.

    “And I didn’t say that Boise State WOULD go undefeated in the Pac 10, but that they were evidently better than that league’s best team.

    You’re weighing non-evidence — what BSU mighht or might not do — over actual data, namely that Boise State, in each of the prior two years, handily beat a team that then handily won a BCS conference.”
    And you are at least suggesting that beating those teams implies they could run the table in their conferences. So you say I’m weighing non-evidence and yet you are engaging in supposition.

    All we know is BSU can play well once or twice a year before coasting into the bowl season. No one can say with any degree how they would do in an AQ schedule because they have never faced that kind of challenge. Note that I am not saying we know they couldn’t win an AQ, but rather that it is unknowable.

    “The case that DMK makes is that we lack sufficient information, and that’s fair. But the information we do have suggests that Boise State’s ability to win a BCS conference is not some far-flung fantasy.”
    I did say BSU was good and might be good enough to beat anyone on a given day didn’t I? I too said we do not know whether or not they would and we have no empirical evidence to say one way or another because they have never faced a full season of hard hitting games.

    All I’m suggesting is we cannot look at prior years for any team when deciding on whether or not they deserve a title shot. It should be based only on who they played that year and how good those teams were. I don’t care who they beat 2-3 years ago and neither should anyone else.

    THIS year it could come down to where they are undefeated and didn’t play a single year end ranked opponent. Georgia does not look like a top 25 team and TCU would likely not be there unless they run the table and if they did that BSU has a loss. Could Air Force go crazy and reach the top 25? There are some possible ways a ranked team ends up on their record, but it is also possible they get into a title game with no ranked teams. Is that what we want?

  21. 82-0 says:

    So much hate… must mean my Broncos are doing something right! I’ll never understand judging Boise State (and NO other team in the country, might I add) by how they’d hypothetically do in the SEC. Who cares? BSU will never be in the SEC. Oklahoma, Oregon, FSU, etc. aren’t in the SEC either – should that diminish their accomplishments? If you argue otherwise for them then you’re just being stubborn hypocrites.

    Additionally, I’ll never understand the hand-wringing over strength of schedule. Firstly, a tough schedule doesn’t necessarily make a good team. Look at Oregon State – they faced #6 TCU, #3 Boise State, #9 Arizona, #20 USC, #7 Stanford, and #1 Oregon last season… and finished under .500 with a win over only one of those teams (Arizona). They didn’t even make a bowl. But since they played a tough schedule I guess that makes them a better team than Boise State or the Rose Bowl champion TCU in your eyes.

    Secondly, if you’re that concerned about Boise’s schedule, call or email your school’s athletic director and urge them to schedule Boise State! Scheduling is a two-way street. And nobody’s forcing SEC schools to play such a “grueling” conference schedule – they could always leave the SEC, go independent, and schedule easier opponents.

  22. Wizardhawk says:

    “Additionally, I’ll never understand the hand-wringing over strength of schedule. Firstly, a tough schedule doesn’t necessarily make a good team. Look at Oregon State…”
    The point is had Oregon State gone undefeated they were tested enough to warrant a title shot. While BSU might still win with a tough schedule we can’t know they would without them actually playing one.

    The question posed to your statement would be do you know for sure Oregon State wouldn’t have ran the table in the WAC last year?

    As to your last statement, well you show why this is an insane debate to begin with. If we allow unproven teams to be title contenders then we will see the conferences blow up and have everyone just schedule SJS and every fluff they can find. That is not college football.

  23. Dave says:

    Here’s a question for all you Boisie-naysayers:

    We all know that an undefeated Boisie is not going to beat out 2 undefeated BCS teams for the title game by virture of strength of schedule. (Forget for the moment the question of whether they should or not).

    The question is, how many losses should a BCS team with a “tough” schedule be able to sustain over the course of the season and still get the nod over an undefeated Boisie? Please provide an explanation for your number.

  24. Lee says:

    Dave,

    I think that it depends on the losses. I would say it would be a 1 loss team 95% of the time. Someone like the Gators at 10-2 with their schedule might enter the discussion. If it was a road loss to LSU and USC in close games and then a blow out win in the SEC title game then yeah I think UF should get in because I think Boise would go 9-3 with our schedule. They would lose to LSU, Bama, and FSU. All top 5 teams btw. On the flip side UF would destroy everyone on Boise States slate. We own UGA so big deal…UGA finishes 7-5 at best this year.

  25. Dave says:

    Lee –

    Interesting. Would the 2-loss UF team in your scenario get the nod over an undefeated Big East team?

  26. BobJ says:

    @Wizardhawk: “Clearly BSU was better than Oregon and no one is taking away the impressive win at Autzen. ”

    Impressive win, my @*$. I was at that 2008 game in Autzen and there is a story to tell. Oregon QBs were dropping like flies early that year and the one Coach Bellotti had in there for over two quarters in this game, Chris Harper, the fourth-stringer who came in after the third-stringer went down with a concussion, couldn’t throw a forward pass better than I could — one incompletion and two interceptions in his three attempts in two-and-a-half quarters. All the Boise State defense had to do was sit on the run because they knew that was the only thing coming.

    There was another QB on the Oregon bench, but Bellotti wouldn’t put him in, because he was redshirting and Bellotti didn’t want to take the redshirt off. Finally, in the fourth quarter, Bellotti sends this guy in the game and he took the Oregon offense through the Boise State defense like a hot knife through warm butter. The Ducks scored three TDs to get close, and time just ran out. Everyone there knew that if this guy had come into the game one quarter earlier, it would have been an Oregon rout. That guy is still at Oregon, by the way — Darron Thomas.

    I’ll give credit to Boise State where it is due, but not here.

  27. 82-0 says:

    @Wizardhawk: “If we allow unproven teams to be title contenders then we will see the conferences blow up and have everyone just schedule SJS and every fluff they can find.”

    Is that not what’s happening now WITHOUT non-AQ schools playing for titles? Looks to me like the Big East has already been long decimated in football and the Big XII is next. And additionally, out-of-conference, most blue-blood AQ programs have long scheduled a slew of FCS or non-AQ cupcakes-for-hire because they’re deathly afraid of losing to someone with a pulse and slipping down the rankings out of the gate.

    @BobJ: Typical Oregon excuses. Just because Bellotti was an idiot doesn’t change the fact that we won the game and deserve credit. And we beat a better Ducks team even worse the next year (only 31 rushing yards, anyone?).

  28. Dave says:

    @ Wizardhawk –

    “If we allow unproven teams to be title contenders then we will see the conferences blow up and have everyone just schedule SJS and every fluff they can find.”

    Not sure how a 12-0 or 13-0 team is “unproven” just because most of the wins came in a non-AQ conference. It’s damned hard to run the table (and the debate about a non-AQ school playing for the title only applies to those who ran the table), regardless of conference. If it was easy, it would happen more often. Oh by the way, it is worth noting that when it comes to OOC games – i.e., the only ones that ADs have any control over – most AQ teams DO schedule every fluff they can find. The SEC gauntlet would be a bit more impressive if it didn’t include an average of 3 FCS/Sun Belt scrubs.

    Here’s the bottom line – do you think strength of schedule trumps actual won-loss record? If so, let’s just dispense with the window-dressing and stipulate that the winner of the SEC title game – even if they are 10-3 – gets an automatic ticket to the BCS title game over undefeated teams from all other conferences.

  29. Dave says:

    PS I am skeptical of this whole, “Boisie is not deep enough to survive a full season in [random AQ conference]” argument, but if someone has data showing that you are statistically more likely to be injured in one conference than another, please post it.

  30. Lee says:

    Dave

    To answer your Big East question. The answer is YES!! UF at 10-2 gets over the worst BCS conference…ever. Boise would kill everyone in the Little East. The only team that would get consideration is West Virgina if they smoke LSU and go undefeated.

    As far as the depth issue for Boise, the teams on UF’s schedule are more physically gifted(bigger, faster, stronger) than the cream puffs on Boise’s schedule. So they can inflict more punishment on your players. So if you play five of those type teams in a row then you will be wore out. UF is always banged up by the time they play UGA. Boise doesn’t have to deal with this.

  31. Lee says:

    Dave,

    Let me be clear. I respect the Broncos talent and their record against BCS teams. BUT I don’t believe that warrants them a shot at a National Title simply because they don’t challenge themselves in the Out of Conference scheduling. I also think that this applies to the Big 10 and Big East. You have to play at least 4 quality opponents a year in my opinion. I am talking about 4 bowl eligible teams. Not 4 juggernauts. If you get that from your conference then nonbody cares what you schedule OOC. If your conference is pitiful then go get 4 quality teams in order to compensate. The NC should be earned not given away simply bc you are 12-0.

    OU, Stanford, Nebraska, LSU, BAMA, UF, and ARK would go 12-0 on the Broncos slate.

    But lets wait and see what happens. If Boise is the only unbeaten and everyon else has bad losses then lets roll with it. SEC vs Boise for NC lets do this!!!

  32. Colin says:

    4 bowl eligible teams really isn’t that much.

    Bowl eligible teams on Boise State’s schedule last year:
    Virginia Tech (11-2, went to the Orange Bowl)
    Toledo (8-4, went to the Little Caesar’s Bowl)
    Hawaii (10-3, went to the Hawaii Bowl)
    Fresno State (8-4, went to the Humanitarian Bowl)
    Nevada (12-1, went to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl)

    That’s 5 bowl eligible teams Boise State played last year, which satisfies your condition for a strong schedule.

    This year, Boise State is likely to play 8 bowl eligible teams: Georgia, Toledo, Tulsa, Nevada, Fresno State, Air Force, TCU, and San Diego State. (It’s possible that 2 or 3 of these might not be bowl eligible, but even so, that’s 5 bowl eligible teams.)

    There probably are very few schools that don’t play 4 bowl eligible teams.

  33. Paul says:

    Based on the above post, I think Boise would do just great in Conference USA. Maybe even the ACC.

  34. Dave says:

    “As far as the depth issue for Boise, the teams on UF’s schedule are more physically gifted(bigger, faster, stronger)…

    No doubt the former is true, but I’m just not buying that this somehow means an SEC team gets a free pass on a loss, let alone two, at the end of the season. Pretty sure you wake up just as sore after a game against Air Force or TCU as you do following a game against Tennessee or Kentucky. In any case, by your logic, since the Boisie State players are LESS physically gifted than the UF players, they should take MORE punishment each game, and maintaining depth throughout the season should be just as much of an issue.

    Again, if anyone has statistics showing that you are more likely to get injured in SEC play than another conference, please post and I’ll change my mind.

  35. 4.0 Point Stance says:

    “That’s 5 bowl eligible teams Boise State played last year, which satisfies your condition for a strong schedule.”
    Right, but they lost in one of those games, which is kinda q.e.d. for the SoS crowd.

  36. Dave says:

    How about a new rule – no talking smack about Boisie unless your team has beaten them in the past decade. There’s an awful lot of anti-Boisie yapping from a lot of schools that have never played the Broncos. Put your money where your mouth is and schedule a home-and-home. I realize this might mean playing an OOC game outside your home state – the horror – but the rest of the country is nice, I promise.

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