After this week’s whipping at the hands of Boise State, Pat Hill has seen enough to proclaim
“This Boise State team is the real deal. … I hope they can make it to the big dance because they deserve it in my mind,” Hill said. “I feel I can say that. We’ve played against some pretty darn good football teams in my time. Never have we been manhandled like that.”
If that sounds familiar, it’s because it’s reminiscent of something Utah’s Kyle Whittingham said after his team was destroyed by TCU a couple of weeks ago.
“This TCU team is easily, hands down, the best team we’ve played since I’ve been here. That includes Alabama.”
Maybe it’s just a case of sticking together. Maybe it’s simply that Boise and TCU do a better job of focusing on key mid-major opponents than the big boys do. Or maybe they really are that good. It would be interesting to see one of them crack the top two and make the title game against Oregon or Auburn, that’s for sure.