I was going to make a snarky comment about how a certain game from 2005 was missing from the list in this post, but after a careful reading, I think there’s a bigger point to be raised: has any program managed to gain national prominence as quickly as Boise State has on such a thin resume?
This is a team that’s made its bones on dominating a weak regular season schedule year after year (as far as I can tell, BSU boasts exactly one regular season road game win against a BCS-conference opponent – a game that didn’t make that list for some strange reason – rarely plays a ranked school during the regular season and since 2001 has only played two BCS-conference opponents in the same season once) combined with two BCS wins against one of the most notorious postseason underachievers of the past decade and another mid-major program.
And, hey, good on ’em for getting where they are. But when I compare BSU’s resume with what programs like Florida State, Miami and Virginia Tech have done to become national contenders, it’s not as strong.
Which isn’t to say necessarily that the Broncos don’t deserve to be on the national stage this year. But if they don’t beat get Zabransky’d by Virginia Tech in this year’s opener, perhaps those holding the program out as élite shouldn’t be too surprised if there’s a fair amount of disagreement about that evaluation.