College football roundup (11/16)

The top two teams in the nation faced scares on Saturday.  TCU had a devastating weekend.  The SEC championship is set, and it appears the winner of the Bedlam rivalry will meet Nebraska for the Big 12 title.

Amidst all the allegations facing him, Cam Newton once again proved why he’s college football’s best player.  Georgia simply had no answer for him.  Don’t be fooled either, this was a Bulldog defense with plenty of talent and speed to contain Newton.  But like every other team who has face no. 2, he shredded them. 

Cam Newton greets the Auburn students before the game Saturday against Georgia

To his team, Cam Newton may be the most valuable player college football has seen in the past decade.  Auburn has at least three losses without him.

Auburn’s defense looked porous in the first half as they were torched by A.J. Green.  But, they came up big in the second half allowing only 10 points.  Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray looked outstanding at times.  This kid will be an absolute star next year in college football. 

The game ended on a sour note for Auburn as two defensive starters, Mike Blanc and Michael Goggans were ejected from the game and will subsequently miss the first half of the Alabama game.  By the way, this year’s Iron Bowl might be the best game of the year.  Can you imagine Cam Newton going up against Alabama’s stingy defense?

After one of their biggest wins in school history, the weekend couldn’t have been any worse for TCU.  After falling two touchdowns behind to San Diego St., the Horned Frogs rallied to score 37 straight before narrowly winning 40-35.  The Aztecs are a formidable opponent as they went wire to wire at Missouri, but this was a matchup TCU shouldn’t have struggled with.

TCU’s shellacking of Utah two weekends ago took a hit when Notre Dame beat the Utes on Saturday, 28-3.  Utah outgained the Irish, but had two costly turnovers.   My guess is that a Boise St. team that wins out will jump a TCU team that does the same.  After all, the Broncos did knock off TCU last year and returned virtually everybody.

Oregon gutted out a victory over a Cal team that gives up just over 200 yards a game at home.  Each season a championship-caliber team grits out a close win that perhaps shouldn’t be that close.  This was the Ducks’.  They definitely caught a few breaks from Cal playing their backup quarterback to an illegal motion penalty on a go-ahead field goal.  Which Cal’s Giorgio Tavecchio missed after the five yard penalty.

Oregon has two weeks to prepare for a visit from reeling Arizona, then travels to Corvallis for the annual “Civil War” matchup against Oregon St.  Expect Oregon to handle these two opponents easily en route to a BCS title berth.

Auburn knocking off Georgia solidified their position in the SEC championship game.  Their opponent would come from the winner of Florida-South Carolina. 

It was arguably the biggest game in South Carolina football history.  It was the ol’ ball coach returning to the “swamp”.  And it was all South Carolina. 

Florida returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown.  But failed to score again until less than 8 minutes left in the contest, and by then it was hardly that.  Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore staked his claim as the nation’s best freshman by rushing for 212 yards on 40 carries to go along with three touchdowns. 

Florida managed only 226 yards of total offense and a meager 35 on the ground.  Going back to the beginning of the year I thought for Florida to compete in the SEC they had to run the ball efficiently.  They’ve failed to do so and are suffering their worst season since the Ron Zook era.

Oklahoma St. ended a 12 year draught against Texas as they thrashed the Longhorns in primetime Saturday night.  Brandon Weeden is one of the more underrated quarterbacks in the nation.  He is deadly accurate and has a strong arm (hence his experience playing Minor League baseball). 

This game wasn’t even as close as the final score of 33-16 indicated.  By the end of the third quarter it was all but over as the Pokes had a controlling 33-3 lead.  Shouldn’t we have seen this coming?  It was the first time since 1999 that Texas was a home underdog.

Wide receiver Justin Blackmon continued his stellar season.  His 67- yard score in the second quarter was a microcosm of his ability.  He used his elusive speed to get past the coverage, then leveraged himself just enough to where the ball fell right into his arms for what he made look like a simple reception.

Just how good is Blackmon?  He’s averaged no less than 125 yards receiving in every game and has scored at least one touchdown in each.  His numbers are shaping up to be better than Dez Bryant’s in 2008 and a shade less than Michael Crabtree’s in 2007.  Not to mention Blackmon missed a game due to suspension.

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Why TCU should not play in the BCS title game

As always, we love dissent in the sports world. Here is one of our contributor’s thoughts on TCU

written by Tyler Merritt

It appears after a win over Utah and an Alabama loss at LSU, the team in waiting for a BCS title shot is clearly TCU. It appears the media has accepted TCU as a serious title contender now that Alabama has two losses. But why?

Let’s step back for a minute…tap the brakes on this TCU bandwagon and look at some facts. The facts are in the schedule. I know, same ol’ same ol’ argument. I myself got tired of it. So let’s take a different approach. We’ll evaluate the teams that are their “key wins” for what they are by looking at the numbers. Their top four wins are Oregon State, Baylor, Air Force, and most notably Utah. I’ll start from the beginning:

Oregon St: For starters, their 4-4. They don’t even have a winning record. Out of those four wins, one was over Louisville by seven and another over ASU (4-5) by three. This would be comparative to LSU beating Mississippi State. You wouldn’t even look at the final because you know they’ll win.

Oregon States national rankings in Points for and Points Against are: 59th and 65th respectively.
They just flat out are NOT IMPRESSIVE.

Baylor: Who is this Baylor team? I’ll admit this Baylor isn’t the same Baylor that has been getting curb stopped for years by everyone in the Big 12. They’ve got a very talented dual-threat quarterback in Robert Griffin who can cause a headache for a lot of teams. Baylor also boasts an impressive 7-3 record which includes wins over ONE…ONE team with a winning record (Kansas State). Put the “bear paws” back down Baylor, you’re still Baylor.

Air Force: STOP… just STOP. If you thought Air force’s ranking earlier this season was legit, then I guess you still think OJ’s innocent, that Mike Vick loves dogs, and the Cowboys still got a shot at the playoffs. They’re 6-4 overall and 3-3 in the coveted MWC. That’s enough about that.

Which leads me to Utah; TCU’s eye opening blowout victory on the road against the #5 team in the country. This is my favorite part!

UTAH: The Ute’s had walked their way through the season up until they met TCU. They opened with an OT victory over Pitt (whose most notable victory is Syracuse), and then followed by stomping the teams who followed. These teams were:
UNLV (1-8): 115th points for 115th points against
New Mexico (1-8): 114th points for 118th points against
San Jose State (1-8): 120th points for 102nd points against
Iowa State (5-5): 79th points for 85th points against
Wyoming (2-8): 113th points for 97th points against
Colorado State (3-7): 107th points for 98th points against
Air Force (6-4): See Above for thoughts

TCU has had years of chances to schedule strong out of conference opponents, and have been too cowardly to do so. They continually refuse to play top opponents and then at the end of the season hold their hands out like the hobo sitting at your local intersection. Not willing to work for it, but hoping you will give them a chance. So please, spare me the tears when America doesn’t care to put their two cents in your cup.

Weekend’s games shakeup college football

The play of quarterback Andy Dalton has made TCU a legit title contender.

Perhaps two of the biggest results of the season occurred Saturday in college football. Many people (myself included) predicted an Alabama win, and a close game between TCU and Utah. The opposite took place thus shaking up the BCS title landscape.

Alabama losing Saturday at LSU knocks them out of the championship picture. TCU absolutely thrashing Utah on the road makes them a legit title contender. Can anyone remember the last time a top five team lost by 40 points at home?

So what exactly do these two results mean? By Alabama losing, it appears as though a one loss SEC team will not be in the national championship. As good as LSU looked on Saturday they need Auburn to lose twice in their two remaining SEC games to even make it to Atlanta for the SEC championship. That’s unlikely.

As for Auburn, if they lose at Alabama in their final regular season game, don’t be surprised if they are jumped by TCU in the BCS standings. And the fact that Auburn’s potential opponent in the SEC championship will be ranked outside of the top 15 doesn’t help either.

Scoring margin doesn’t factor into the BCS computers. After TCU’s big win this weekend, it should be a vital part of it. If TCU wins this game on a late field goal it’s still a very nice win. But to win by 40 on the road with your quarterback having a career day passing has to mean something, right? I’ve never been a fan of non-AQ teams being a part of the national championship, but this team is the real deal.

With that being said here is the case for five teams who have title hopes…

Oregon
The Ducks are on the verge of setting a record for points scored in a season. Scoring 53 points this past week versus Washington actually brought their points per game average down. They have a Heisman candidate at running back in LaMichael James and their quarterback doesn’t make mistakes. What concerns me is that they are giving up over 24 points a game in conference play. But does that even matter when your offense is putting up more than 54 a game? The toughest test remaining is the annual “Civil War” game at Oregon St.
They’ll be in if … All they have to do is win out.

Auburn
TCU’s annihilation of Utah on Saturday may mean the Tigers have to go undefeated for a shot at the BCS crown. A victory over Georgia this week guarantees Auburn a spot in the SEC championship game. Two of the last three national champions from the SEC had at least one loss during the regular season. Auburn at least has that going for them. However, when people look at Auburn they wouldn’t compare them to Florida in 2008. There’s no question Auburn has one of the best players in recent college football history with Cam Newton. Their defense however is average. It took overtime for the Tigers to knock off Clemson at home. They beat an average Mississippi St. team by three and needed a last second field goal to salvage a win over Kentucky.
They’ll be in if … They win out. If they lose at Alabama they need a TCU slip up which isn’t likely.

TCU
This is the best non-AQ team since the birth of the BCS in 1998. The defense has a legitimate six players that could be drafted in April. The offense is led by a fifth year senior who is playing like an elite college quarterback. The win at Utah may be the most impressive win any team has had this year. They may also have the stat of the year. The TCU defense has held eight of its opponents to their season low in scoring this year. If you want to complain about their conference schedule, fine. They can’t help that though. But their non-league schedule included a solid Oregon St. team, and a surprisingly good Baylor team which they beat handily 45-10.
They’ll be in if … They win out and either Oregon or Auburn loses.

Boise St.
The win over Virginia Tech is looking good again as the Hokies appear to be set for a date in the Orange Bowl. The Broncos are led by a veteran squad and have a quarterback in Kellen Moore who will probably wind up in New York City as a Heisman finalist. The TCU triumph over Utah also hurt Boise St. Two teams from non-AQ conferences will not play in the national title game. And it now appears people’s hearts are set on TCU. I like Boise going on the road to play Virginia Tech and the home win against Oregon St. is nice. But you can’t schedule Wyoming and Toledo as your other two non-conference games and expect to receive the same praise of other top teams.
They’ll be in if … They need a lot of help. An Oregon or Auburn loss is a must. A loss by TCU is also needed.

LSU
The Bengal Tigers are on the outside looking in. The defense is one of the best in the country with draft prospects scattered across it. However, the upset of Alabama was caused by the play of the two LSU quarterbacks, Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee. What’s scary about this LSU team is they could win every game they’re a part of if their quarterbacks play as well as they did Saturday. As we’ve seen throughout the season though, that may be too much to ask. The Tigers have an NCAA best four wins over ranked opponents. Their mediocre offense means they have trouble blowing teams out. But the outstanding defense also means they can play with anyone in the country. A win at Arkansas in their last game would add even more glamour to their season. But will it be enough?
They’ll be in if … The best case scenario is Auburn losing to Georgia and Alabama, thus vaulting LSU into SEC championship game. Assuming they win that, I think either Oregon or TCU will have to drop a game as well. As for this week, LSU fans will be pulling hard for Georgia.

Crucial conference games highlight weekend

LSU may need a "heisman-like" performance from star Patrick Peterson to defeat Alabama

Last week’s slate of games featuring top 5 teams were a bit one sided. Iowa obliterated Michigan St. at home. Oregon continued their offensive clinic by running through USC. Nebraska’s Roy Helu Jr. ran for a Husker record 307 yards. And Auburn’s Cam Newton showed his versatility by catching a pass for a touchdown.

This Saturday’s schedule should prove to be one of the better ones of the year, really though…

Alabama at LSU

Outside of a potential SEC West deciding title game between Alabama-Auburn, this is the most intriguing matchup of the SEC season. Tiger fans still haven’t forgotten about the Nick Saban debacle. Unlike two years ago where I felt Alabama was far better than LSU (that game went into OT in Death Valley), this year’s game should be close again. But why? LSU could easily have three losses, and many analysts still feel Alabama is the best team in the nation. Yes the LSU offense is sub-par averaging only 139 yards a game through the air (113th in NCAA). But the defense has NFL potential all over it, which will keep them in the game. If you’ve read me before you know how much I like Tiger corner Patrick Peterson. Some scouts say he is the best cornerback to come out of college football since Charles Woodson. And believe me he is that good. Drake Nevis anchors a defensive front which has dominated every game with the exception of Auburn, but then again who has played well against them. The LSU defense is giving up less than 16 points a game and it wouldn’t surprise me if they continued that trend on Saturday. Which means it will be up to the offense to generate some big plays, or perhaps Peterson on special teams.

Alabama will be happy to be coming off a bye week going into Tiger Stadium. And as good as the LSU defense is the Crimson Tide’s unit is just as strong. Alabama will look to pound the ball with the duo of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Receiver Julio Jones had his best outing as a Crimson Tide player against Tennessee going for 221 yards on 12 catches. Look for a low-scoring game as it was two years ago. Whichever quarterback makes the fewest mistakes will be the deciding factor. And we all know LSU has instability at the postion…

The pick… Alabama … 20 LSU … 17

TCU at Utah

LSU can make a statement knocking off what many people think is the best one-loss team in the nation. TCU can make an even bigger one by winning on the road at a very good Utah team.

First off, this game features two outstanding coaches in Gary Patterson of TCU and Utah’s Kyle Whittingham. TCU is 0-3 playing in Salt Lake City and will be looking to avenge a 13-10 loss in 2008, one that propelled Utah to a Sugar Bowl win over Alabama. The Horned Frog defense is allowing less than nine points a game which is tops in the nation. Considering they lost Jerry Hughes and Daryl Washington to the NFL, this is an impressive stat. What I like even more about TCU is they are led by 5th year senior Andy Dalton at quarterback. Dalton rarely makes mistakes and can beat you with his legs as well as his accurate arm. They also run the ball very well and have one of the more unknown playmakers in the country in receiver/returner Jeremy Kerley.

Utah is led by the nation’s 6th best defense in terms of points allowed. However, the play of sophomore quarterback Jordan Wynne has vaulted the Utes into the top 5. The running attack is balanced by Eddie Wide and Matt Asiata who complement each other very well. Both these teams have convincing wins over Big 12 foes. With the season Baylor is having, TCU’s 45-10 thrashing of the Bears is looking more and more impressive. And Utah absolutely clobbered Iowa State on the road putting up 68 points. Both of these teams are top 10 in the nation in scoring offense and defense. Something’s got to give right?

The pick … Utah … 31 TCU … 27

Arizona at Stanford

This is an intriguing matchup because both teams are still in the running for the Pac-10 title. Arizona actually controls its own destiny in the conference because they’ve yet to play Oregon, while Stanford needs a win and a bit of help.

Arizona quarterback Nick Foles should be healthy enough to play in this game which is a huge positive. The Wildcat offense likes to stretch the field vertically with play-making receiver Juron Criner. The junior is averaging better than 16 yards a catch and helps lead a passing attack that musters over 300 yards a game. In a league known for its scoring, I love Arizona’s defense which yields less than 14 points a game. Cornerback Trevin Wade has the ability to lock down one half of the field. However, putting pressure on Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck will be a must.

The household name of the Cardinal is quarterback Andrew Luck. The potential top pick in the upcoming draft can make every throw. His savvy and poise in the pocket reminds me of a Drew Brees, only with better size. Don’t sleep on Stanford’s running game though which is averaging over 223 yards a game. And while Luck can easily beat you through the air, he is capable of tucking the ball and running. After a loss at Oregon (which Stanford led big early on) this team is clicking on all cylinders. And with Stanford only allowing three sacks in eight games, Luck should have all day to throw. With that being said…

The pick … Stanford … 34 Arizona … 24

Will top teams fall on Halloween weekend?

Will Cam Newton and Auburn be the next no. 1 to stumble?

Going into the last weekend of October, four top 10 teams face stiff challenges away from home. If this week follows the trend of the last few, in which no. 1 has fallen, Halloween will be a nightmare for the top undefeated teams. With that being said, here goes my “attempt” to prove why Auburn, Oregon, Michigan St. and Missouri could all drop their first game.

Missouri at Nebraska
If Missouri can pull off the upset (they are eight point underdogs) they should be undefeated going into the Big 12 Championship. The Tiger defense is allowing only a shade over 13 points a game, but faces its toughest offense to date in Nebraska who is averaging over 38 a game. Quarterback Taylor Martinez is a big reason why the Huskers offense has been so potent. In week 6 at Kansas St. he ran wild the tune of 241 yards, a record for a Nebraska quarterback. And that’s saying something considering they’ve had guys like Tommy Frazier and Eric Crouch who perfected the option attack. Missouri is coming off an impressive win over then no. 1 Oklahoma, but playing on the road in Lincoln is a different platform. By the way, Missouri hasn’t beaten a ranked team on the road in over eight years.

The pick: Nebraska 35 … Missouri … 27

Michigan St. at Iowa

After narrowly escaping defeat against Northwestern last week, the Spartans may need a few more trick plays to get past a stingy Iowa team. Their most impressive win is at Michigan who have fallen off after an impressive start. It took a fake field goal in overtime to edge a bad Notre Dame team. Sparty does have an outstanding quarterback in Kirk Cousins, but Iowa’s defense should take away the run and make things one-dimensional for Michigan St. Is there a reason Hawkeye gunslinger Ricky Stanzi isn’t a Heisman candidate. Many people have Boise State’s Kellen Moore in their top 3. Comparing their stats, Stanzi is just a shade behind Moore in completion percentage and touchdown tosses. The other factor? Oh yea, Iowa plays in the third best conference in the nation as opposed to the WAC.

The pick: Iowa … 27 Michigan St. … 21

Oregon at USC

This is a “tricky” one to pick. You know what you’re going to get with Oregon. A fast paced offense with multiple threats. USC has the talent on defense to keep up with Oregon, or at least contain them. Duck running back LaMichael James is averaging a ridiculous 7.2 yards per carry. It appears as though losing Jeremiah Masoli (who I’ll get to later) hasn’t slowed down this offense one bit. USC quarterback Matt Barkley is having a very solid sophomore season. The Trojan offense is balanced and should be able to score on Oregon. The question is will it be enough? I just don’t see anyone slowing this Oregon machine down. USC has been too inconsistent this year. They’ll have to be hitting on all cylinders to pull off the upset.

The pick: Oregon … 38 USC … 31

Auburn at Ole Miss

The last time a no.1 ranked team came to Oxford was LSU in 2007. That Tiger team handled the Rebels with ease. Ole Miss historically plays Auburn close at home, but I’m not sure if a player of Cam Newton’s caliber has ever played at Vaught-Hemingway stadium in the past decade. Maybe Tim Tebow in 2007 was better. Either way the Rebels’ defense will have their hands full with an Auburn offense that rushed for over 400 yards a week ago against LSU. Who by the way were giving up less than 100 yards on the ground before Auburn dismantled them. Meanwhile the Ole Miss defense hasn’t exactly been spectacular giving up 32 points a game. Not quite the recipe for an upset. Or is it? You’d be hard pressed to find a no. 1 ranked team this late into the season only favored by seven to a 3-4 opponent. For Ole Miss to win Jeremiah Masoli will have to match Cameron Newton. Outside of defensive lineman Nick Fairley the Auburn defense is average at best. So the Rebels should be able to generate points. And while their defense has been porous at times, they have shown glimpses of being stout versus Kentucky for three quarters and at Alabama. The key for Ole Miss will be to avoid giving up the big play. Houston Nutt always seems to win a game his teams shouldn’t and after a long day in the grove (5 p.m. kickoff) the fans should be ready to go.

The pick: Ole Miss … 34 Auburn … 31

Thoughts from week 2

Alabama and Ohio St.

In college football you need two weeks to figure out who’s good and who isn’t. The Crimson Tide and the Buckeyes are a notch above the rest of the nation. Both beat top 15 teams handily on Saturday, and if Ohio St. had a better coverage team their win over Miami would’ve been even more lopsided. In Tuscaloosa it’s not a stretch to say that the Tide have the two best running backs in the country with Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson. Side note on Richardson: This off-season he put up a whopping 465 pounds on the bench press. That’s as far as the coaches would let him go.

The weak ACC

What has happened to the ACC? The league started the season with 5 teams ranked in the top 25. Now, no. 17 Miami is the only team left of that group. This past weekend Florida St. was embarrassed at Oklahoma. Georgia Tech lost to a Kansas team who was upset by North Dakota St. in week 1. Miami was outmatched by a more skillful Ohio St. squad. And who can forget about the potential upset of the year, James Madison knocking off 13th ranked Virginia Tech (which makes Ole Miss fans feel a little better I guess). It appears as if the ACC which is typically the fourth best conference in America will now fall behind the upstart Pac-10 in the BCS conference rankings.

Darkhorse for Heisman

Denard Robinson is really, really good. The sophomore QB from Michigan may be the best athlete at the position since Michael Vick. He absolutely shredded Notre Dame’s defense on Saturday throwing for 244 yards and rushing for another 258. Think he couldn’t run like that against SEC defenses? There’s a reason why he burned Notre Dame on an 87-yard td run. The kid has been clocked as fast as 10.28 in the 100-meter dash (a florida high school record). And by the way he leads the nation in rushing, as a quarterback. Not to mention he has yet to throw an interception. He’s also a very humble kid which makes it even easier to pull for him.

Other rants…

Florida has played only one half of decent football.

After putting up over 300 total yards against Tulane, Jeremiah Masoli is now in charge of the Ole Miss offense.

With USC narrowly escaping Virginia at home, Oregon has to be considered the class of the Pac-10 after the 48-13 shellacking it put on Tennessee.

After rushing for 182 yards and two touchdowns vs. Georgia, Marcus Lattimore is the top freshman in the country thus far.

Although Alabama is top-notch, there isn’t another elite team in the SEC (until Florida proves otherwise).

Boise State’s strength of schedule took a big hit with Virginia Tech losing. At season’s end, the Broncos schedule may not feature a team left in the top 25.

Please don’t let Boise St. play in the title game

When the AP poll was presented on Saturday, Boise St. achieved the highest pre-season ranking a mid-major has received in the BCS era. To put them in the same conversation with teams like Alabama, Texas, Florida, and Ohio St. is a joke.

In college football there is so much emphasis placed on each week. That’s why we love the sport so much. With that being said, why should a team like Boise St. ever be considered for the National Championship when the schedule they play is abysmal? Yes, I know they play Virginia Tech in Maryland week one. But should they automatically be presented with a chance to play in the title game if they squeak past the Hokies and breeze through their easy conference schedule? Absolutely not.

A two loss SEC or Big 12 team is better than an undefeated Boise St. In fact, Boise wouldn’t finish in the top 5 of the SEC this season. The last time they took a trip to the South, they were blown away by Georgia in 2005. The SEC isn’t invincible either to out-of-conference foes. USC won handily at Auburn in 2003, and again at Arkansas in 2006.

Boise’s non-conference schedule includes Virginia Tech and Oregon St. The other two games are Wyoming and Toledo. You have got to be kidding me. Why would Boise St., with all these title aspirations, not schedule two more BCS conference teams, instead of Wyoming and Toledo. Alabama plays in the toughest conference in the nation, yet they scheduled Virginia Tech last year, and have Penn St. making a trip to Tuscaloosa this season. Texas played a home-and-home with Ohio St. And by the way, both of those years one of the two teams played for the National Title (Texas in ’05 and Ohio St. in ’06).

People and media members in favor of Boise St. playing for a National Championship will point to their defeat of Oklahoma in 2007. Spare me. They needed trick plays to knock off the Sooners. Teams run trick plays when they know they are inferior to their opponents. Florida didn’t rely on tricks when they beat Ohio St. and Oklahoma for the crown. Alabama hardly needed any magic versus Texas this past season. They just ran the ball straight down their throat.

Think Boise would have success week in and week out running the ball against an SEC team? In the WAC, they won’t face one top-notch defensive lineman. Contrarily in the SEC they wouldn’t have time to rest from the caliber of players they would be matched up against.

The media loves it when a team like Boise St. upsets a power team. People were so infatuated with Utah two years ago when they defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. Yet, we tend to forget the hammering Florida put on Cincinnati last season. That in itself should tell fans and media that we expect teams like Florida, Alabama, Texas, etc. to beat mid-major teams. Which in turn tells me that no one really expects the mid-majors to be on the same level as the BCS powerhouses. Therefore, why put them in the title game?

Look at the recruiting from the past decade. A team like Boise St. never finishes in the top 30. And don’t be naive enough to think that Boise St. recruits mid-level talent and turns them into NFL players. Look at an NFL roster. How many of them contain the name of a player who went to Boise? The biggest name I can think of is rookie Kyle Wilson of the Jets. The reason Boise St. can dominate in their weak conference is because they recruit better than anyone in the conference. It’s the same reason Florida, Alabama, and LSU are always atop the SEC.

I like Boise St. They have a good coach and a good program. Maybe every now and then it’s exciting when they pull off a stunning upset. It’s sort of like cheering for a Cinderella run in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. Yet in the end, we know neither of these teams is deserving of winning the National Title. Perhaps one day a mid-major team will play for the big prize, I just hope it’s not at the expense of a one loss BCS team.

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