It is past time that the “big boys” quit crying. That would include all BCS conference schools and especially the television announcers and journalists that anoint them. Yes, most programs from BCS conferences have huge campuses, large budgets, and tradition-rich programs. Yes, BCS teams have to play in conferences that create challenging schedules on a weekly basis. And, yes, it can be very difficult to win a championship in a BSC conference. So, what?
How come no one has mentioned the fact that BCS schools enjoy a tremendous edge when it comes to recruiting? There is not exactly a level playing field involved when trying to lure big, strong, fast players to Boise or Fort Worth as opposed to College Station, Gainesville, or Tuscaloosa. Throw in the uphill battle that snow states like Wyoming fight when attempting to entice players from the urban, warm weather world, and it is evident that the big boys of the BCS- and their dedicated media- should quit whining about the success of “lesser” programs and or conferences. The underlings must be doing a lot of things right.
When a BCS coach is preparing to battle a BCS-buster, the rhetoric is as it should be; that is, extremely complimentary of a deserving program. Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer certainly did not refer to Boise State as an upstart with a weak schedule before his Hokies played the Broncos on national television last Monday night. Rather, he heaped abundant praise where it belonged, which was in the Boise State camp.
Below is the Wyoming Sports Examiner’s Top 25. It should be quickly apparent that Boise State is in position in these rankings for an appearance in the NCAA title game. Which might well be as it should. Then again, the nicest thing about early season polls is that they can change dramatically from week-to-week. After all, the Wyoming Cowboys need just two wins in the next two weeks to crack the Top Ten.
Wyoming Examiner Top 25
1. Ohio State
2. Boise State
11. Virginia Tech
15. Penn State
18. South Carolina
19. Georgia Tech
23. West Virginia