Ok, we all know about my love and admiration for Boise State University and my hatred for the SEC even though it’s the best conference in college football.
I think at this time of year it’s well documented that something I like to call Boise hopping begins. That’s when Boise who is a top five team and has taken care of business in a tough out of conference matchup already has to watch as every team with a similar record leapfrog them in the polls while they sit in the same position due to ” lack of competition” or “they aren’t good enough to play for the title.”
( that really means no one wants to be that team that gets beat by Boise State. It was made even worse this year thanks to their beatdown of Georgia in their own back yard. Teams say Boise can’t compete with them but they’ve seen what happens when they’re given a shot, and in the words of Jay-Z they don’t wanna be that next contestant on that screen.)
So it comes as no shock that on the eve of this years game of the century ESPN decided to publicly stone the one guy who has the stones to vote Boise State number one in his AP ballot.
Ladies and gentlemen I present Scott Wolf of the L.A. Daily News.
Wolf is the guy that has that 1 next to Boise’s name in the AP poll and the gentlemen on ESPN’s BCS show spared no venom when questioning his decision to put Boise at number one.
As Wolf gave his reasoning, like giving Boise it’s proper respect for beating Georgia in Atlanta on opening weekend you could sense Robert Smith and company writing him off as a mere joke.
Their reasoning that Wolf is silly is because of the SEC’s obvious dominance and the constant argument that Boise State doesn’t play anyone tough on their schedule. Even after the show ESPN’s Mark May and Lou Holtz said that Boise isn’t a BCS title contender for the same reasons and all parties are predicting an LSU-Alabama rematch in the BCS title game already.
I mean what’s the point of having a season if were all deciding the title game in our heads already?
First of all Wolf is entitled to his own opinion no matter what direction the popular vote is directed in. If he feels that the Broncos are worthy of the title game then so be it. Do I think Boise is better than both LSU and Alabama? No. But I do believe that they’re better than Oklahoma State and Stanford who are currently ahead of them.
I understand that everyone is obsessed with LSU, Alabama and the SEC as a whole and that everyone is sick of this Boise argument. Well the reason we have this argument is because everyone in these committees thinks like the ESPN talking heads.
We’ve seen Boise play in the last five years and be near the top of the rankings each year. They’ve won two Fiesta Bowls (including the cop out bowl against TCU), two “neutral-site” game versus Georgia and Virginia Tech and swept a home and hone versus Oregon. Who else can say that in the last five years?
Boise has been an elite program despite playing in a small conference and has proven it can run with the big boys. So why is it that Scott Wolf gets grilled for giving them props on national TV and believes that they deserve a title shot?
Not everyone wants to see two SEC teams in the final game no matter how good the conference is. To say that the loser of LSU-Bama in Saturday should still play for the title is disrespectful to Boise State and Stanford and Oklahoma State as well.
It makes no sense to put a one loss team in the final game if there are three undefeated teams left I don’t care how good your conference is.
(side note: ok I sound like a hater, but in the midst of all of this SEC love I always had one notion that one explored… Why is it that these SEC teams never want to go play other conferences top dogs in a home and home? The biggest one is why the SEC never had LSU or Florida go out to L.A. and play USC when Pete Carroll had them as the best team in the country year after year? I’ve seen the SEC win five straight titles but I’ve also seen Alabama lose to Utah, Arkansas lose to Ohio State and Auburn barely beat Oregon after 40 days if rest. So if anything I have reason to be as skeptical of The SEC as ESPN has reason to be skeptical of Scott Wolf.)
It’ll be interesting to see what happens in the polls as the undefeateds continue to fall. After this weekend we still have Oregon-Stanford and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State and if the Cowboys and Cardinal fall as well as either the Tide or Tigers then the BCS becomes even more interesting.
Should Boise be one of the last undefeated teams left will they get the title shot that they’ve earned over the years or will a one-loss team leapfrog them again in unfair fashion.
If ESPN had it’s way then we no where Boise State’s fate lies. That’s why I support Scott Wolf for being different and standing up for his decision to make them number one.
He might be wrong in the papers, but his reasoning and methods are right according to me.