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Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Posted on: September 9, 2010 9:10 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

It's pretty well-known that Boise State has historically struggled to fill its schedule with enough legitimate teams to beef the season's strength of schedule to the point of respectability. Sure, there's Oregon last year, Virginia Tech last weekend, but by and large, it's slim pickings. But if the report from the Omaha World-Herald today is true, it sure sounds like Boise's not really putting in a good-faith effort:


Nebraska called. Nebraska tried.

In the past year, NU tried to put together a series with BSU; two-for-one, home-and-home, one-way trip to Lincoln. Whatever. It ended up fizzling out. Why?

Because, according to NU Assistant Athletic Director Jeff Jamrog, Boise wanted a minimum $1 million to play in Lincoln.

This, of course, is insanity. Nebraska has zero incentive to agree to a deal like that; while the athletic program would still make money off of the game even after handing over seven figures to their esteemed guests, they'd make a lot more by hosting any number of other programs instead. Moreover, for BCS teams, non-conference strength of schedule doesn't really matter. Or, if you demand more nuance, SOS does matter, but not nearly to the extent that it would offset the negative effect of taking a loss should Nebraska lose that game (easily possible).

But if that's the way Boise wants to play it, by all means, let them. Just keep stories like these in mind the next time a BSU fan complains about the consequences of the cupcake schedule they face every year.

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Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 5:13 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

seahawkdoug hit the nail on the head. Boise plays in the WAC. How much money do you think that program really makes. I don't blame them one bit trying to get a million dollars for a 2-for-1 series. They are basically getting shafted by the Huskers and want some way to make the money. Because if they were to lose, there goes the BCS bid probably, and and that nice payday has to be made up some how. Too many power conference fans in here that don't understand how much more a school like Nebraska really gets in football, even if it is losing a pile of money to Texas at the moment.

Since: Jul 31, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:52 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Alabama just paid Boise's WAC compatriot San Jose St a cool $1 million last Saturday, to help celebrate the opening of their remodeled stadium, now with around 102,000 capacity. Boise St is certainly worth $1 million, if San Jose St is, unless your sole purpose in paying that amount is to try and guarantee a victory.

San Jose St had dumped their scheduled game with Stanford for the money. Stanford was left to scramble for an opponent, and came up with that FCS powerhouse, Sacramento St.

Fellow Alabama and SEC school, Auburn, paid Arkansas St a cool $1 million last Saturday, to be their sacraficial lamb, and Boise St's opponent, Virginia Tech, is paying that same Arkansas St a sweet $1 million next year to be feasted on. Clearly, a million dollars doesn't buy what it use to.

Since: Oct 12, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:19 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

ROTFLOL.  You book that game and bring them to Lincoln for free then we will talk more.  Comedy to make ridiculous statements like this.  Boise states they will play anyone anytime anywhere then they want to charge a premium.  The Broncos need to give the full story "we will play anyone anytime anywhere.......just give us a cool Mil"  This is fine and in their right but the bottom line is that they need the game more than Nebrsaka does.  When the huskers have a confreence schedule as strong as they will in the big 10 they have no need for a a non conference game of this level to boost their strength of schedule.  All upside for Boise + no upside for Nebraska = no game

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 4:08 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

The criticism is that Boise plays a weak schedule unworthy of their ranking.
The weak schedule cannot be denied.
This leaves Boise looking for an excuse for playing a weak schedule.

Boise claims the schedule is a result of other teams not treating them fairly.
In other words, it is the fault of the rest of the world, not Boise.
The simple truth is...

Boise's scheduling woes is a result of Boise asking for more than their market value.
This is easy enough to show - when Boise drops their demands to be in line with their market value, they get the top teams on their schedule.
This also proves wrong the idea the top teams are afraid of a loss - if they were, they wouldn't schedule Boise under any terms.

There is nothing inherently unfair in refusing to pay more than the fair market value.
It is unfair to try to demand more than fair market value.
It is equally unfair to teams that play a substantially harder schedule to place Boise in the same tier.
Boise's excuses have been busted.
Boise's weak schedule is wholly on their shoulders, not a result of others.
BSU is not being treated unfairly, but they are receiving welfare in the form of poll respect not earned in their regular season schedule, and BSU is complaining they aren't being given more welfare in the form of agreements beyond their market value.

Any criticism of Boise's weak schedule is valid

Since: Jul 2, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 3:47 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

D-2 schools get paid millions all the time to recieve an ass whoppin This is false.  D2 so not receive anywhere near this.
Most mid majors receive under $1 Million.

so Ohio St. and other schools have an easy game to start there season off!!!...and those cup cakes they schedule comprise almost all of Boise's schedule.

Since: Jan 4, 2007
Posted on: September 10, 2010 3:18 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Boise St. is on Espn 5 games this year and if they played Nebraska it would be on Espn too. D-2 schools get paid millions all the time to recieve an ass whoppin all the time so Ohio St. and other schools have an easy game to start there season off!!!

Since: Jun 16, 2010
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:59 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Is that the best excuse for Nebraska to not play Boise State? And if it is true, which isn't, why not? The real question is: why not play Boise State at their full potential? Nebraska seems to know that Boise will lose a lot of people next year and it will be watered down, so those BCS team are just a bunch of wimps. Boise State joining the Mountain West proves that it seeks for strong opponents, particularly conference opponents. Mind you, they were invited before Utah and BYU left. Sadly, this year is their last year (before the start of reconstruction) for Boise State to have a BCS title shot. Nebraska, now that you pull a ridiculous story like that, I don't feel sorry for your lost to Texas last year.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:41 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

I'm sorry, but I don't trust anything out of the mouth of a dude named Ramrog. I saw enough of his action flicks back in the 80's and didn't buy them then and won't buy them now. That upcoming non-conference schedule is absolutely brutal with the perrenial powerhouses UCLA and Wyoming visiting Lincoln. Who knows, by the time the Huksters reach Big 10 status, that Wyo game could be a trap sandwiched  between that epic showdown in Illinois and a home game vs. Michigan.

Since: Nov 29, 2008
Posted on: September 10, 2010 2:21 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Nebraska has paid Idaho to play them THIS weekend to the tune of $800,000

Since: Oct 12, 2009
Posted on: September 10, 2010 1:52 am

Boise State wanted $1 million to play Nebraska?

Not trying to bust any bubbles, but BSU has been better than Nebraska for a long time now.   I think the big boys dont want to play b/c Vtechs season for their hopes is over week 1.  A neb L 1st week, which would have happened no doubt in my mind ruins all hopes of NC.

That of course could be, but is a matter of opinion. I don't have a dog in that fight so it does not matter to me. My issue is that whether they are better or not, Nebraska/VT/Ole Miss do not need a Boise State in their schedule to get to the NC. They get a certain number of free dates to schedule basically as they please. They would be moronic to schedule a 1-1, giving up the home $$ they make, to play a team that may very well beat them, and pay them $1million in the process. If Nebraska averages say $4million in revenue for a home game, give $1million of that to Boise State, then goes and plays in Boise the next year giving up the full $4million for not having it in Nebraska, that is a $6million dollar payout just to get to play Boise for 2 years. What team would do that? Boise simply cannot expect teams to drop $1million dollars for a potential loss. I have no doubt that they would rather pay a fcs school $1million dollars for a home game, not risk losing (unless your Ole Miss or Kansas) than to even talk to Boise State. If boise wants to get to the next level they will have to make the sacrifice.

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