Tag:Boise State
Posted on: September 4, 2009 11:25 am
Edited on: September 4, 2009 11:48 am

Bob Davie - BCS Apologist

I wanted Oregon to win.  Big.  Usually I have a soft spot for non-BCS teams.  But lately with the Mountain West thinking they can take the place of my Big East, I've gotten a little testy.  So I wanted Boise State put down.  End this BCS buster nonsense now so we don't have to hear about it all season.

Well Boise State, as usual, didn't cooperate.  They beat Oregon like a drum.  Oregon's defense looked like a sixth grade homeroom trying to find their seats on the first day of school. The Broncos beat them passing, running, scoring two point conversions, on defense, and in every way imaginable.

Uh apparently not according to Bob Davie.  You see even though Boise dominated Oregon, this isn't enough.  Because according to Bob Davie, Boise couldn't compete if they were in a BCS conference.  His thinking is the Broncs can get psyched up and beat a BCS team once or twice a year, like they've been doing regularly, but they wouldn't survive in a BCS conference.  So sorry Bronco fans even though your team routinely makes BCS schools look silly, you're not worthy according to Davie to be in a BCS conference.

Why?  Bob pulled out empirical evidence for this one.  He showed that Oregon has had more players drafted into the NFL than Boise.  You see even if you win on the field,  it really doesn't count unless 1. You're in a BCS conference, and 2. You do it with NFL caliber players.  How does Boise State do it according to Davie?  Coaching. (snicker).  Because having a well prepared team, with innovative plays that outsmart rather than overpower the opposing team is, well, not manly I guess.  (Never mind that Boise St. gashed Oregon on the ground for a good part of the night.)

Davie actually came out and said it.  Boise State has been a "gimmick" team.  Apparently gimmick teams win by guile and strategy rather than pure athletic talent.  I mean the Statue of Liberty play?  Come on, you shouldn't be allowed to use gimmick plays like that against  football powerhouses like Oklahoma.  Well unless you're a BCS team.  What more manly BCS team was there than the ground pounding Nebraska teams of the Tom Osborne era?  Remember the fumblerooski?  So gimmicky the NCAA eventually outlawed it.  But that doesn't tarnish Nebraska's history.  How about Texas Tech?  Graham Harrell throws for 5,111 yards in a season.  Was he drafted by an NFL team?  Nope he's in the CFL.  So Texas Tech is a gimmick team right?  Nope.  Texas Tech is a BCS team.  Therefore they can't be "gimmicky."

There is only one reason Boise State can't compete in a BCS conference.  That's because no BCS conference will let them in.  There is simply no room for a Boise State with the Iowa States, Syracuses, Dukes, Indianas, Washingtons, and Mississippi States of the BCS conferences.  And that is a damn shame.

Oh and Bob?  Notre Dame can't compete in a BCS conference either.

Category: NCAAF
Posted on: July 13, 2008 2:08 pm

Barbarians Fare Well in Pre-Season TBDPITL Poll

Well the preseason edition of The Best Damn Poll in the Land has hit the Internet.  Without sounding overly self-congratulatory for the small part I played in it, I thought it was pretty good.  Kudos to the Greek as the driving force and poll-master.  I was especially pleased that two barbarians were listed.  If you didn't know, barbarians are those non-BCS schools that have the audacity to appear in polls and upset the pre-ordained order of the Bowl Championship Series.  My positition has always been that these teams get short shrift from the media and coaches and are openly conspired against by the BCS schools to be kept out of the end of the year bowl money give-aways.  But IMHO, just like the original barbarians storming and eventually sacking Rome, these non-BCS schools will eventually win out and get a playoff so they have a fair shot at a true national championship.

So in addition to my obvious Rutgers/Big East bias which I will try to keep under control, I plan on doing my best to see that these "non-tradtional" schools get a fair shot in the poll.    So here's a brief overview of this year's Huns, Vandals, Visigoths, and Franks.  I'll try to do updates on the teams that appear in the TBDPITL or on the "Receiving Votes" list.

1.  Fresno State - Frankly I didn't know a lot about them until Kansas St. turned yellow and dropped them from their schedule.  Apparently the Wildcats don't like getting stomped by a WAC team.  So Rutgers got them for their opener on Labor Day this year.  After doing a little research on the Bulldogs, I am scared, big time.  Veteran quarterback, solid running game, and a defense that has been described as "chippy."  What that translates to in my book, is a defense that causes problems and beats people.  Coach Pat Hill's motto is any team, any place.  After Rutgers, they play Wisconsin at home.  I'm calling an upset here Badger Ballers, be ready.  Dangerous, dangerous, dangerous team.  If they beat Rutgers, Wiscy, and UCLA this year, expect to see them in the top 10, maybe top 5.

2. BYU - Really happy to see them at #16.  They just missed in my poll.  Two straight 11-1 seasons but you hear nothing about them from the media.  Well you're hear about them from me.  QB Max Hall almost hit 4,000 yards last year with 26 TD's.  Freshman of the year RB Harvey Unga ran for 1,227 yards and 44 catches for 655 yards. 17 total TD's.  Defense hurt by graduation.  Games against Washington and UCLA could put them  on the radar.  My pick for the Mountain West this year.

3. Utah - A major obstacle on BYU's path.  The Moutain West crown will be decided by BYU at Utah this year.  Solid O-line, if senior QB Brian Johnson cuts down on ints, he's a force, and offense has a 1,200 yard rusher in Darrell Mack.  Defense was 18th in the nation and has a veteran secondary.  The Utes will be looking to upset Rich Rod and Michigan in the opener, and could do it.

4. East Carolina - I've been politicking to get them into the Big East.  Love this team and their football tradition.  Last year beat barbarian hero Boise State in the Humanitarian Bowl.  UCF may be the trendy pick for Conference USA.  I like the Pirates.  Skip Holtz' two QB rotation causes problems.  Defense needs to improve over last year.

5.  Boise State - Everyone's non-BCS hero due to their monumental victory over Oklahoma two years ago.  Ian Johnson's still there and is a force at RB.  QB controversy needs to be resolved, and replacing he who blocks out the sun, Ryan Clady will be difficult.  Defense looks solid.  If Fresno State wants to be the big dog in the WAC, this is the team who presently carries around the big bone.  Expect Hawaii to fall off the radar this year.

6. Troy - The real Trojans. Sorry USC but you really should be the Southern Californians.  How do you like this OOC schedule: LSU, Ohio St., and Oklahoma St.  Why do our pollsters like them?  Well they stayed within 10 of Georgia last year for one.  Good receivers but breaking in new QB and RB.

So there they are, this year's favorite Barbarians according The Best Damn Poll in the Land.  Rape, Pilllage, and Plunder boys.  Every time you knock off a BCS team, you get us that much closer to a national playoff.

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