Yes, with all the lead changes, Boise State and Virginia Tech put on an entertaining show for us last night, but is there much doubt that Alabama would wipe the floor with either team?
The Broncos offense lived up to its billing last night, but I wasn’t very impressed with the defense, which basically turned out to be a fundamentally sound, less than elite-skilled bunch that gambled all night long. A competent offensive coordinator with a few good weapons would have picked them apart.
Fortunately for Boise State, Virginia Tech doesn’t have one. In fact, I was totally underwhelmed by the Hokies’ coaching staff as a whole. Virginia Tech is turning into the LSU of the ACC – a team that hopes to get by on tossing the better bunch of athletes out on the field. It almost worked last night because Tyrod Taylor was far and away the best player on the field. (By the way, Georgia fans, speaking of LSU – have any regrets now about Bud Foster and John Chavis allegedly turning down Mark Richt?)
One myth that needs to be discarded is one that Brent Musburger kept pushing all night long, that both teams boast exceptional special teams play. The night was full of gaffes by each side’s kicking teams. The idea that Boise State could win a national championship with a field goal kicker who has a problem kicking from one of the hash marks is fairly amusing when you think about it. And somehow I don’t think “Beamerball” includes letting punt blockers come in untouched. Or at least it didn’t use to.
Speaking of Musburger, he was his usual unctuous self, referring to Kellen Moore on a first name basis throughout the game. Herbstreit was almost as bad, with a style that’s devolved into the broadcast equivalent of typing in all caps on a college football bulletin board.
And while I’m tossing brickbats around, let’s not forget Nike. Or forgive Nike. I have a theory that Nike is on a sinister mission to outfit every program in America with jerseys more hideous than Oregon’s. There’s no other explanation for what was on display last night.
Anyway, back to what will obviously be the big story to spin from last night, the start of Boise State’s march to this season’s BCS title game. No doubt we’ll get hammered as the game approaches with the significance of the Broncos’ match with Oregon State in a couple of weeks, as that’ll be the last serious opponent they see this regular season, but the real story will be Virginia Tech’s. Because if last night’s as good as the Hokies are, they’re bound to lose at least twice more as the season plays out. And the more they lose, the less the computers will like last night’s win. Combine that with a strength of schedule that will steadily decline as Boise State winds its way through the WAC and you’ll be watching a team destined to sink in the BCS standings.
The odds are good there will be at least a couple of BCS-conference schools that outlast the Broncos in the race to the title game. Nothing would make the WWL happier. I’m so pleased for them.
I will say, though, that this totally rocked: