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One-on-One: Can Boise State win the National Championship?

Originally published in the September 10, 2010 issue

Yes

Why not Boise State?

We are no longer talking about the little team that could.

Forget for a second that the Broncos are in the Western Athletic Conference. Forget that Boise State is not one of the major BCS schools with decades of tradition and National Championship banners.

Anyone who watched Boise State play Virginia Tech, in what was essentially a road game, saw a team that is one of the nation’s best.

Not many teams in the country could have gone into the heart of Hokie country and beat a team like Va. Tech.

The Broncos boast a great coach in Chris Petersen and one of the best quarterbacks in college football with junior Kellen Moore.

This isn’t a Cinderella story like George Mason. Boise State is physical, fast and has major playmakers all over the field. They have the talent and ability to play with any team in the country.

Watching the game last Monday night I fell in love with the Broncos. They play with passion, intensity and a spirit that is unmatched by a lot of the college football heavyweights.

As an avid Butler University college basketball fan, I have an affinity for the small schools that overcome their supposed inferiority to knock off the big schools. 

Butler shocked the college basketball world reaching the National Championship and almost beating Duke. The Broncos can do the very same.

Consider me the driver of the Boise State bandwagon.

-Alex Ross

 


No

 

Twelve years ago, a system was set up in college football to best determine a National Champion. 

Fast-forward to today, the system has more enemies than Jimmy Hoffa, and everyone from the President of the United States to legendary college football announcer Brent Musburger have expressed disinterest in the system.

This year is starting to look like it has the makings of giving America its fairest title game ever.

Non-BCS schools, Boise State and TCU are ranked third and fourth in the nation respectively, and if the top-ranked teams lose a game, either team could slide into position to play in the National Title game at the end of the season.

But in a system that is run by computers and has no emotion, these two schools will more than likely be left out. Last year, both were lucky to get into a BCS bowl game, even though neither had a blemish on their resumes.

Now, I know a lot of people watched both teams beat other ranked opponents during this opening week of football, but down the road, they will run into their biggest enemy, strength of schedule.

The computers behind the BCS rely on that number heavily, and try to convince them otherwise that an undefeated Texas who plays in the Big 12 should be held out of the title game over Boise State who gets to play Wyoming at some point this year.

In the end, these teams will probably get shafted. Hopefully, it becomes an eye-opener that change needs to happen.

-Bill Hopkins