No disrespect to Boise State intended, but ESPN’s Bruce Feldman and Edward Aschoff sure seem to be getting ahead of themselves with this:
ESPN senior writer Bruce Feldman has gone and made me wish I was in charge of national football scheduling.
He recently ranked his “Top 10 ‘should be’ rivalries that aren’t” and the SEC is all over the place. In fact, half of the rivalries involve SEC teams, including his top three.
I understand big-time programs don’t really like these kinds of matchups because one loss could derail national title hopes, but for my own selfish reasons I want these games every year. As a fan of the game I’d love to see an early-season Goliath vs. Goliath in place of the traditional cupcake snoozer. If only there was a way for games like this to exist during the regular season without the postseason being completely wrecked by one loss …
Here’s what Feldman had to say:
1. Alabama Crimson Tide vs. Boise State Broncos
Attached to the Broncos’ storybook rise to the sport’s elite has been a feeling that they’ve also become one of the most polarizing topics in college football. No fan base seems more offended by Boise State hype than the SEC crowd, which feels as if most of the Broncos’ success has come against suspect competition. What better way to prove that they belong than by taking on the SEC’s resident super heavyweight, Alabama? Watching the Crimson Tide on Boise’s blue “Smurf Turf” would be a fantastic spectacle.
My thoughts: The Broncos aren’t scared of anyone, but a trip to Tuscaloosa might make that walk off the bus just a little slower. Just imagine the shock the state of Alabama would be in if the Broncos took down one of the SEC’s finest. This one needs to happen soon.
Fellas, could we wait and see if Boise is capable of beating an SEC team first? To refresh, here’s the Broncos’ track record:
- 2005 (10-3) Georgia 48-13 (9-4) Boise St.
- 2002 (9-4) Arkansas 41-14 (12-1) Boise St.
- 2001 (9-3) South Carolina 32-13 (8-4) Boise St.
- 2000 (6-6) Arkansas 38-31 (10-2) Boise St.
So, four SEC teams with combined records of 34-16 managed to dispose of Boise State squads which went 39-11. Yeah, I know come this September BSU will likely be favored to take its first SEC scalp, but let’s see that happen before we start talking about “proving they belong”. Seems like they’ve already had four bites at the apple and come up short.
Morrissey gets the last word here.