Gordon is Grumbling
Yes, it’s official sports fans, the 2010-11 college football season is ruined already. Only this time, it’s not the BCS system or the pathetic cupcake games in week one ruining our fun. No, this time it was the most important game in week one that ruined the season for both fans and teams. Yes, it’s September 10th, and we have ourselves a team guaranteed to play in the National Championship game. Thanks to Virginia Tech deciding that they didn’t want to show up until the second quarter in their 33-30 loss to Boise State, the Broncos are 99 percent guaranteed to finish the season undefeated and continue on to play in the BCS Championship game, and as a college football fan, that really pisses me off. How sad is the state of the sport when one of the spots in the Super Bowl of College Football is filled before conference play even starts?
Before I start my little rant here, let’s get something straight. Boise State is a good team. Boise State is a very good team. But is Boise State a National Championship team? How the hell should we know? There is one thing that we can guarantee at the end of every single season, and that’s the fact that the two teams that are playing for the National Championship have survived 11 or 12 games against a good amount of quality opponents and deserve to be there. This year, we will have a team playing for the trophy that has played one and a half games the entire season. Boise State’s win over Virginia Tech was impressive (besides the fact that they were handed a 17-0 lead and tried to give it back in the second half). But aside from a hideously overrated Oregon State team on their schedule, that’s all folks. For those of you who aren’t convinced that Boise State plays inferior opponents, let’s run down the rest of their schedule. @Wyoming, vs. Oregon State, @New Mexico State, vs. Toledo, @San Jose State, vs. Louisiana Tech, vs. Hawaii, @Idaho, vs. Fresno State, @Nevada, vs. Utah State…you’ve got to be kidding me right? That’s PATHETIC, and we are going to reward this team for playing this schedule with a Top-2 ranking. Is it really proving anything to anybody if you can beat New Mexico State and Toledo by 45? Boise State’s strength of schedule to begin the year was ranked 86th, and that is sure to fall into the mid 100’s as soon as Oregon State lays a goose egg in the Pac 10.
“But Gordon, it’s not Boise State’s fault that they play these teams; they just play who is on their schedule!” Actually, it is their fault. Nothing drives me crazier than the fact that Boise State had a solution to their problems during this whole conference juggling debacle. They could have followed in the footsteps of Utah and BYU, who have both decided that they won’t get any real respect until they play the big boys. What was Boise State’s solution?? They joined the Mountain West Conference…I’ll repeat that. THEY JOINED THE MOUNTAIN WEST! After Utah and BYU both leave after the end of this season, the MWC is sinking just as fast as the WAC. Boise State took the coward’s way out, and they are going to be laughing their way to a top 10 finish every single year.
In case anybody is wondering, this is exactly why we have the BCS system. Our only hope is that the computer will take a look at the SOS of this team and penalize them in the rankings. Otherwise we just have to pray that two other teams go undefeated and Boise State ends up with the short end of the straw. After all, who really deserves to play in the National Championship game? A 10-1 Miami or Alabama with top 15 schedules, or a 12-0 Boise State after beating little sisters of the poor 10 times in one season. There are only a couple of other chances the season could be saved. First, two other teams could go undefeated (and since I’m willing to bet my life savings that Texas and Alabama will not go undefeated, that’s not going to happen). Second, one of the Division III-caliber teams that Boise State plays could shock the world and become a Division I team for the first time in their lives and beat them. Finally, the BCS could save us all the misery and drop Boise State down in the rankings for playing nobody. It’s time for college football to take a stand. If you want to be taken seriously, PLAY SOMEBODY! Until then, we don’t want to hear your Virginia Tech-basketball-type whining.