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BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

Posted on: October 17, 2010 8:43 pm
Edited on: October 17, 2010 9:20 pm

Posted by Adam Jacobi

The BCS rankings were just released on ESPN, and seeing Boise State at No. 3 is, at this point, trouble for the Broncos.

What's important to note here is that the BCS standings are, for the most part, resume rankings, and unlike teams in the power conferences, the cream of Boise's resume is done. Yes, the Broncos play in the WAC, but they've only played two of those eight games against that WAC competition thus far. Meanwhile, cupcake non-conference schedules are still being more heavily considered than conference games at this point in the season.

In other words, Boise State's not going to make its case on the field any better than it already has from here on out.

Now, this isn't to say that Boise State's chances are completely doomed; far from it. The Broncos are still ranked third in the BCS rankings, and there isn't much chance of them dropping any games and submarining their title chances from here until the end of the season. If Oregon or Oklahoma lose, the Broncos are in decent position. Their problem is that if teams like Auburn or LSU go undefeated, those teams are basically locks to pass Boise State -- and TCU's certainly not out of the picture, with its high-profile Mountain West Conference schedule still yet to come.

Still, though, the fact remains that Ohio State, Alabama, and Nebraska have all lost, and Boise State still needs help to get into the title game. That's not good news for the Bronco faithful in Idaho tonight.


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:32 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

None of which are relevant to 2010, with entirely different teams and rosters.


Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:29 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

Recruiting doesn't mean much.  Lotta top recruting classes out there that don't gell and become winners.  There's also a lotta blue-chippers that win championships.

Besides, rating recruiting classes is as subjective as polls anyway.

What matters is good coaching and good fundamentals, which take recruits at all levels and make them into winners.

BTW, if you bother to actually watch both Oregon and Boise play, you see that plain as day.  Oklahoma, not so much, but they get by on ability and intimidation and reputation.  Big 12 football is in decline now, folks, and it has been since the 2007 Fiesta Bowl when their air of invincibility over mid-majors and supposed cream-puffs was shatterd courtesy of...Boise St.--where good coaching and good fundamentals won the day over mediocre coaching and good fundamentals.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: October 18, 2010 5:21 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

To amatuer jcvd1:

Oklahoma St in Stillwater is not a quality opponent, just an in-state rivalry with a school with a basketball rep.  Big deal, unless it's on the hardwood instead of the FieldTurf.

At this point the Big 12 title game is still up in the air, and winning that over anyone in the Big 12 north not named Nebraksa (who is also overrated), is definitely not a quality win.

Face facts: the Big 12 is weak in football and has been growing that way for a few years now.  Jokelahoma got its #1 rank based on bad computer programs and past reputation alone.

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:47 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

I'm stepping into murky water here in that I admitedly know very little about the finances of college football. BUT, don't teams like Wyoming, Colorado St., and Hofstra get a piece of the pie when they are scheduled by BCS teams? My assumption was that, when a non-BCS schedules a home and home with a team that has a massive stadium and tv market-share, in that scenerio it was more financially beneficial to the smaller school than it would be if they played another smaller school. Doesn't Boise State (or any school for that matter) make more money off playing the big-name schools than they do the unknowns?

Also, while I realize that pretty much all games are televised these days, when I was using the term "televised", I was implying lucrative tv contracts. My point was that, in your scenerio, the poor would actually get poorer. Both in competition and in cash.

Incedentely, I am all for Boise St. making it to the NCG (I've posted about it elsewhere). I figure, now that my Gators are hopelessly out of the picture, I'd love for this to be the year that this issue is put to rest. I think that Boise St. would be absolutely destroyed by whhichever END OF SEASON top 10 team they could be matched up with and then these ridiculous arguements could be silenced, at least for a few years. I highlight "end of season" because all the talk about each team beating another team "at the time they were ranked" really means nothing compared to where they rank at the end of the year. The big difference is that, for a team from the SEC, Big 12, or Big 10 to be in the NCG, they will have to have beaten other tems on that END OF SEASON poll, nota preseason or week 2 poll. I'm honestly not trying to hate on Boise St. in the least bit here either. I just don't think they stand with whoever is in the top 10 at season's end.

Since: Sep 29, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:37 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

This has to be a joke.  They are dominant, the teams close to them keep losing and Boise St. falls back in the polls.  This shows how pathetic and corrupt the NCAA and the BCS is.  Unbleievable!!

Since: Dec 5, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:35 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

Hosftra no longer has a football program. gameday is a football program Cool

thank you t-9

Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: October 18, 2010 4:22 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

I get that a few schools would lose out on money. But the BSU and TCU of the entire D-1 football equation is small. For every BSU and BSU there is 5-6 teams like SanDiego St, Nevada, or Ball St that will never see that money anyway so why be part of the problem. And if you don't think those games aren't telecasted now, turn on any ESPN alternate channel, ESPNU, CBS-U, during the weekend. You won't find any BCS teams there. The fans of the smaller teams have to watch the games live now anyway for the MAJORITY of those teams as it is. Whn was the last time you saw ESPN Gameday at Wyoming, Colorado St, or Hofstra? Please. I really don't see how their participation against any BCS schools does anything other than benefit the BCS school. 

Since: Mar 20, 2008
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:41 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

Pimpslapped, I LOVE your idea! Let Boise St. and all the other schools from non-power conferences start their own league with their own  seasons and championships (against each other). Power conference fans would have to get used to their teams losing more than 1 game per season in the power-conference league, but every single game would be two strong teams playing each other. Instead of 1-loss teams playing in the NCG, we'd likely see 2 or 3-loss teams vieing for the spots. But, honestly, everybody would win. The fans would surely win since there would be better games each week, the power conference schools would win since they would be playing every game against a legit school with cometitive teams and stadiums, the NFL would win because steel sharpens steel. The only losers would be all the schools that seceded since they would no longer make any money off of television contracts. Oh, and their fans would have to go watch the games live since they wouldn't be telecast. Good thinking pimpslapped. Just not for schools like Boise State.

Since: Oct 17, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2010 3:32 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

I find it hypocritical for you Noisy State fans to chastise the "system"... the same "system" your administration clings to and refusing to play a one and done at another team's stadium. You guys want your cake and eat it too. I can just see the BSU AD on the phone with his pinky finger up to the corner of his mouth asking for ONE MILLLLL-YON DOLLORS for BSU to come play Nebraska in Lincoln... LOL!

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 18, 2010 2:54 pm

BCS rankings bad news for Boise State

To compare the importance of the college football regular season to that of baseball is kind of silly.  Baseball teams can lose 40% of their games and still make the playoffs and have a shot the the title.  That would be like a 7-5 team in college football laying a claim to the NC.  The college football regular season is the most important because a team actually has to win all of their games, or at least virtually all.  The same can not be said of MLB.

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