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Mailbag, 10/15

Posted on: October 15, 2010 4:04 pm

A wise man once wrote ... "They are numerous and belligerent. They are fervent and many. They are passionate and unmoving. They are misguided they are scarlet and gray."

That wise man is me.

There seems to be this movement afoot to rationalize Ohio State's No. 1 ranking with a result from last season. Yeah, I know, seems weird to me too. While I understand that the polls are half reputation, you don't earn the No. 1 ranking in October based on a game that was played in January. But that certainly seems to be the feeling in Columbus where the Buckeyes not ARE No. 1 in both polls but, damn it, deserve it over every other team in the country.

You know why? It beat Oregon in the Rose Bowl. Oregon, without the quarterback who played in that game. Oregon, which is stronger now than it was in Pasadena. Oregon, which is a season older and wiser.  Last season's Oregon.

Guys and gals, is that the best you can come with in making your argument? Ohio State is better than No. 2 Oregon because of a game played 10 months ago, but you can't tell me why Ohio State is better than the 12 other undefeated teams in I-A? Way to settle an argument.

You people destroy your own argument. Boise beat Oregon last season too. Shouldn't it be, at least, a co-No. 1 with the beloved Buckeyes?

Cue the myopic, Buck-hater e-mails. I know they're coming. My point if you can calm down for a second, Brutus: There is nothing you can tell me that Ohio State has done this season to convince me it is the clear-cut No. 1. That's why I ranted Sunday.

I'm not hating on the Bucks. I happen to like The Senator in a nebbish, Firestone-regional-manager kind of way. It's hard to anger him, which is probably why his teams play so well. They're consistent and, mostly, unflappable. But let's all take a deep breath here in the middle of October. Ohio State may be No. 1 in the three polls that matter right now. That doesn't mean it should be. I believe in poll diversity. I've seen Boise State just as much as Ohio State. I marvel at what Oregon has been able to accomplish without that quarterback who played in the Rose Bowl (Jeremiah Masoli). Who's faster than Nebraska's Taylor Martinez?

Look outside the boundaries of Ohio, Ohio. There is some great football being played out there. Maybe you'll find out Saturday night in Madison. Maybe you won't. Just don't come at me with 10-month old arguments. There's a fantastic season being played out there too.

From: Ed Champagne

Is Bama good or is Penn St. BAD?


The answer lies in the middle. Until the Clubbing In Columbia, I thought Alabama was a world-beater. After getting through Arkansas and Florida, it looked like South Carolina would be the easiest task in the three-game slog. I was wrong. South Carolina was better than we thought and, suddenly, Bama has troubles running the ball. For now, the best team in the SEC is Auburn.

As much as that upsets Alabama, it's true. Teams change throughout the season. Penn State was way overrated. As Alabama and others have proved, Joe Paterno doesn't have a playmaker on either side of the ball. The Nits are 3-3 halfway through the season and have a ways to go to get to bowl eligibility (six wins) which would net Joe is 400th career win. Penn State isn't bad, it's just not good. To paraphrase a former Arizona Cardinals coach:  "Penn State is who we thought they were."

From: Tim

Dennis, I know you guys like to create controversy but when it starts to hurt your credibility I have to try to redirect your marketing efforts. Boise State would absolutely get hammered playing a Big Ten schedule. The best teams in the overrated WAC would only be mediocre in the Big Ten. Treasure your job - they are hard to come by these days. Good luck.

Large 11 Honk:

Sorry you made bail, but I'm going to burst your bubble. I've been saying publicly for a while that Boise State could win the Big Ten this year. SEC East too. Big 12? Tell me they couldn't line up with Nebraska. I don't know how much of Boise you've seen in person but give them the eye test. That would require you watching them play. Get back to me. I'll help get you a ticket.

From: Sarah

Dear Dodd, Did you not have Ohio State at No. 2 in your pre-season poll? All they've done is kick the crap out of people, with a dominating defense and a Heisman-contending quarterback. What else would you have expected them to do so far that warrants your whining? Boise's win over Virginia Tech is not the least bit impressive after VT goes down to James freaking Madison. Put Boise in a real conference and let them play a real schedule, then we'll talk. This whole fascination with Boise is a joke and a cop out by writers, like yourself, to continue hating on Ohio State.

Just Another Mypopian:

"Kick the crap out of people"? If you want to call Eastern Michigan, Ohio, Indiana, Marshall and Indiana "people", that's a stretch. They are body bags. Air. They've renamed themselves "The Lettermen" because they mail it in. You conveniently forgot about that little struggle in Champaign. And I don't mean Ed Champagne.

 Nice win over Miami, by the way. The Canes are so far out of the polls, they have to look up to see the bottom of West Virginia's cleats.

The reality is that Boise has accomplished more ON THE FIELD than Ohio State has this season.

From: Keith

Dennis, You are smarter than me, so please find a way to talk about an elephant-in-the-room topic for all of the reasonable, rational college football fans. Don't know how many of those are left, but there are at least a few of us.

Here's my topic: Much of the controversy surrounding BCS vs. non-BCS teams is pedigree. But riddle me this: how many current Alabama players -- or insert your favorite traditional power players or coaches -- were there when Bear Bryant was there? How many current LSU players were on the squad in 2007 when the title was won? Point: players, especially starters, are different every year. Five years ago all of them were in high school, or even junior high! Coaches change all the time, etc. What Alabama did ten years ago means ABSOLUTELY NOTHING today, and what they did last year still matters very little.

Time Traveler:

You've been reading my mind, Mr. Spock. A lot of the polls are built on reputation. It's why Lindsay Lohan continues to get acting roles. She might have her snoot halfway up a brick of cocaine, but she sure does look good on screen.

Few want to give Boise cred because the program has been good for 10 years. Alabama has been good for 10 DECADES! That's the difference. Line 'em up on the field and let's see what happens. Better yet, line 'em up in NCAA 11. I still haven't bought my copy yet.

Coaches and players change all the time but voters don't, it seems.


Oregon reminds me of a Little League Pop Warner type team! They are a controlled group that have gone berserk! I believe their players truly believe that they can outscore anyone! Like great golfers, they play their game - and then some, not worrying about what their opponent does. It would be interesting to see them play Boise State, followed by Alabama! Opinion? They would outscore both.

Acid Washed:

Dude, you're so all over the board I'm afraid you've had too much organic coffee (or something) out there in Eugene.

You besmirch Pop Warner teams everywhere suggesting they don't play any defense. You ever see Snoop Dogg's team. They beat the heck out of you. There's a league in central New York that leads the country in torn ACLs caused. I'm insulted at your blanket reference to Pop Warner football. It's better than you think. Ask Eastern Michigan.



Since: Dec 19, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 9:48 am

Mailbag, 10/15

How about this - let's get the expansion talk going again.  Let's get four 16-team conferences and that can be a starting point to a 4 team playoff.  We can effectively get rid of all the conference USA, Big East, and all the other garbage out there.  Boise st, TCU...they can go to division II (or whatever they call it) with all the other small, irrelevant teams.  Let's just get the top 64 together in one "division" and hopefully a playoff can finally be born.  Don't let the door hit your ass on the way out, Boise.  Go play Wyoming and San Diego St for the division II (fbs?  I think it might be fbs) title. 

Since: Jan 2, 2010
Posted on: October 16, 2010 8:17 am
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Since: Dec 7, 2008
Posted on: October 16, 2010 3:29 am

Typical Dodd

Dodd a wiseman? Probably a bigger oxymoron than "quiet terrell owens" or "successful ron zook". It's quite apparent by each article or entry you write that you are only on with CBS because they like how you can always stir up something and be controversial, not by general football knowledge which you have none of them. And now you're trying to give advice to people??????? LOL...I'd rather take ballet lessons from Barry Bonds...

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 16, 2010 2:14 am

Mailbag, 10/15

heck, If osu played Bsu's schedule, they'd come out with 2 losses. Boise would run through the Big 10 unscathed..Wow, that was really easy to type. I love this rationale because it makes things so simple. Thank you for showing me how to do that.

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:48 pm

Mailbag, 10/15

hold the phone there uconn, texas, usc, miami, oklahoma and tennessee have all won bcs national championships, not to mention the fact that both michigan and nebraska won national championships the year prior to the bcs, and that's on top of va tech (in blacksburg), penn st, wisconsin, iowa and mich st.

boise would not survive a schedule with those teams on it. 

heck, trade Ohio State's and boise's schedule this year and the Buckeyes finish undefeated without raising a sweat, and boise finishes with at least 2 or 3 losses.

i guess Ohio State could replace miami, wisconsin, illinois, iowa, penn st and michigan with wyoming, new mexico st, toledo, san jose st, louisiana tech, hawaii, idaho, fresno st and utah st, but the Buckeyes have standards.  standards that boise and the mongrels that comprise their schedule fall far short of.  replace almost any of the tomato cans on boise's schedule with marshall, ohio and eastern mich, and boise's sos goes up.

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:39 pm

Mailbag, 10/15

No but I would still give the money to an in state school before giving to BSU. Still they want to much money for the game OSU will not give BSU more then half a mill.

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 11:27 pm

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"the $1,000,000.00 asking price is far too high for the product delivered.  a team like Ohio State can play far more prestigious and far better programs for that kind of money."

Then why dont they, instead of the punching bags they play each year?  I cant beelive any REAL Ohio State fan is TRULY happy playing such weak opposition year in and out....

Since: Mar 17, 2010
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:54 pm

Mailbag, 10/15

excerpt from an article on bleacher report.

"Of course Boise State hasn't really said why they want a million dollars to play a major conference team... but it would only make sense that they are trying to raise enough money as soon as possible to expand the stadium. So it is clear after sorting through all of the mess and all off the trash that people still have to say about Boise State. BSU is listening. They know they have a small stadium. They probably don't like putting a million dollar price tag to schedule a game, but if they don't raise the money asap... It could take a long time before stadium expansion happens."

the $1,000,000.00 asking price is far too high for the product delivered.  a team like Ohio State can play far more prestigious and far better programs for that kind of money.

they're offering a kia for the price of a mercedes. 

Since: Nov 16, 2008
Posted on: October 15, 2010 10:34 pm

Mailbag, 10/15

..... Then read this from last year....i await your response

from Dan Wetzel, YAHOO Sports

RUSTON, La. – Is it cowardice or collusion?

Boise State athletic director Gene Bleymaier is all but begging for a major opponent – any major opponent – to play his Broncos, particularly in 2011. He can hardly get his calls returned. Not by the SEC. Not by the Big Ten. Not by anyone.

Bleymaier is making a nearly unheard of offer in college football scheduling – Boise will bring its popular, high-profile, top-10 team to any stadium in any town to play any big name team in America in 2011. And they don’t have to return the date in Idaho.

So far, no one has bit. 

ESPN has even become involved trying to broker a deal that will almost assuredly be nationally televised. Still no luck.

It’s the kind of non-conference game that should have schools salivating. Boise delivers an opponent that will challenge your players, exposure that will extend your brand and a home game that will excite your fans.

“It’s been surprising how many big schools have not been receptive of us coming to their place,” Bleymaier said.

This is the conundrum for the upstart program and every non-major conference school trying to battle for national respect.

Boise is 44-4 over the past four seasons, including 4-1 against major conference opponents. Yet that doesn’t guarantee the Broncos a slot in a big money BCS bowl due to the level of competition they play in the Western Athletic Conference.

The school acknowledges it needs to play tougher teams. Yet how can they beat quality opponents if quality opponents won’t play them?


THAT is why i accuse the big name wussies of cowardice...or worse

Since: Jul 29, 2009
Posted on: October 15, 2010 9:50 pm

Mailbag, 10/15

You have no idea what you are talking about. BSU demands big payouts and return games with little payouts. This has been proven many time on here. BSU says no one will play use but wont tell the truth about its demands. BSU wants more then 1 million dollars for an away game and wants you to go there for $300,000. No big time school can take that kind of a hit on payday.

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