Orange & Blue make solid case for shot at title
November 27, 2006
There are only six shopping days left before the BCS bids are announced.
Have you bought your earplugs yet?
I don’t want to say arguing over Who’s No. 2 is a waste of time.
But if futile debate were a football team, this would have a BCS score of 1.000. And if you know how impressive that is, you’ve already devoted too much of your life trying to convince your neighbor that Florida is better than Michigan.
I usually stick my head in the nearest toilet the minute someone starts arguing Team A vs. Team B vs. Strength of Schedule vs. A Playoff System That Would Solve All of Mankind’s Problems. The sound of flushing water beats hearing that song-and-dance for the billionth time.
But this year I’ve decided on a new approach. If you can’t beat ’em, might as well yell with ’em. I’ll give some hints which institute of higher football should face Ohio State in the BCS championship game.
The school colors are orange and blue. It had a puny non-conference schedule. Its entire running game doesn’t consist of quarterback draws.
That eliminates one semi-local club. We are left with America’s most under-respected team. Ladies and gentlemen, give it up for the Boise State Broncos.
Go ahead. Laugh, roll your eyes, make potato jokes. But big things can come out of Idaho.
Philo Farnsworth came out of Rigby, Idaho, and he invented television. Without him we wouldn’t even be having this debate because TV gives the BCS a zillion dollars not to have a playoff.
Notre Dame’s badminton team gets on TV more than the Broncos, yet Boise State has built a dynasty. It’s 39-1 since joining the Western Athletic Conference. More important, it has a couple of numbers none of the other contenders can match: 12-0.
As in undefeated. As in untied. As in try to undermine that, you snotty big-conference boys.
"Let them play six in a row against the SEC and see if they\’re still undefeated," Clemson Coach Tommy Bowden said. Yo, coach, get back to us when your team stops blowing 28-14 leads to South Carolina.
The Broncos haven\’t done that. They thumped their archrival, the dreaded Nevada Wolf Pack.
They have the best running back in America, sophomore Ian Johnson. Jared Zabransky will go down as the finest quarterback in NCAA history whose last name begins with a "Z." And no school has as distinctive a field as the famed blue turf at Bronco Stadium.
These points are highly subjective, but so is everything else in the BCS verbal brawl. Was Michigan\’s win over Notre Dame more impressive than USC\’s? Gators scoff at a Michigan-Ohio State rematch, but they all were for a sequel when Florida beat FSU for the 1996 national championship.
USC fans think Boise is on Neptune, but the Trojans\’ lone loss was to Oregon State. And guess who demolished those Beavers 42-14?
"They were very good," Oregon State Coach Mike Riley said. "I think anybody on any given day would have a hard time with Boise."
How sweet would it be if that day came Jan.8 against Ohio State. I realize it\’s not going to happen unless USC and Florida lose on Saturday, LSU goes on probation and Michigan secedes from the Union.
But since we have to have the argument, the Broncos deserve to be in the conversation. Just listen to their fight song:
Go big Blue
If those aren\’t the perfect initials for this entire debate, my name is Philo Farnsworth.
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