Tulsa head coach Todd Graham makes his case.
“Why wouldn’t we have that goal? You look at what Boise State and Hawaii has done, that is definitely our goal,” Graham said. “We haven’t done anything to boast or brag or to be talked about in that manner. But on the same hand, if you ask me what our goals are, that’s what they are.”
Goals are fine. But if the BCS and the poll voters haven’t learned anything from last year’s experience with Hawai’i, then they’ll richly deserve all the contempt likely to be thrown their way by putting Tulsa in the BCS.
Why? First, check out this year’s Golden Hurricanes schedule. There’s only one game against a BCS conference team – and that’s a mediocre Arkansas. It’s better in one way than Hawai’i's ’07, though, in that there’s only one 1-AA school on the slate.
Plus, these guys play atrocious defense. Looking at last year’s stats, there’s no need to sugarcoat here: Tulsa was 108th in total defense, 90th in rushing defense, 100th in passing defense and 100th in scoring defense.
The thing is, if these guys run the table, they’ll probably get some talk about being in the mix. Big mistake.