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Mike Riley is in Boise and TCU's corner

Posted on: September 27, 2010 4:17 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2010 5:50 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that Boise State has gotten past Oregon State it's entirely possible that when the regular season ends both Boise and TCU could be undefeated.  Which, depending on how the rest of the college football landscape unfolds, could create some BCS chaos.  For argument's sake, let's pretend that Alabama, Ohio State and Oregon all finish the season with a loss and TCU and Boise are the only unbeatens left standing.  Also known as The Doomsday Scenario amongst the BCS.

Would you put them in the BCS title game?

A lot of people wouldn't, preferring a one-loss Alabama or what have you, as they'd argue that Boise State and TCU didn't play the same quality of competition.  Which is a valid argument -- unless you've seen a Tennessee or Georgia game this year -- that has a lot of merit, and one that I might be inclined to agree with.

Still, if either school is looking for someone to stand up and sing their praises, they won't have to look further than the head coach of the team that both of them have beaten this year: Mike Riley.

Although Riley artfully dodged choosing between them Saturday, he did make a fairly significant statement after the news media scrum dissipated. Riley said that Boise State and T.C.U. were worthy of their top-five rankings, something that some coaches from high-profile programs have been hesitant to admit.

“I give both T.C.U. and Boise tons of credit to be where they are,” Riley said. “I would not in any way begrudge their positions one bit. They’re both fine programs with really good players; they’re good teams, and they’re well coached.”

Riley even went on to say that both Boise and TCU's defenses are "about as quick and fast as we've played against ever."  Considering some of the USC defenses Riley has faced during his years in Corvallis, that's not praise to be taken lightly.

Neither are Boise State and TCU.


Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:38 pm

Mike Riley is in Boise and TCS's corner

It's ridiculous that this topic even gets any play.

You mention 2 teams in the SEC that aren't that great.    All the while ignoring that even the worse SEC teams are better than the mid tier teams in the MWC or WAC.

Did you see Ole Miss vs Fresno?  That same Ole Miss that lost to the FCS team?

But sure, lets compare a schedule that features 4 top20 teams in week after week with a schedule that won't have any at the end of the year.

The first step towards winning a national championship is to play a championship quality schedule.   Boise St and TCU have failed the 1st step, and now all they do is play victim and ask for the media to pick them up.

Alabama is off scheduling games like Penn St, Michigan in 2012, etc on top of the tough SEC schedule.   Because Alabama isn't stupid, and Alabama doesn't expect the media to seal it for them.    Alabama goes out and proves it belongs.

Considering Boise St as championship contenders is a joke.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: September 27, 2010 5:34 pm

Mike Riley is in Boise and TCS's corner

What would you expect Riley to say, we got trounced by two teams that aren't very good. Of course both TCU and Boise are very good teams.  But, at the end of the year, we have to see how their bodies of work compares to the other teams at the top of the rankings to see if they should be in the NC game. 

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