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Nick Saban Nails the Boise State Problem

One of the biggest debates in college football is whether or not Boise State deserves a spot in a national championship game should they go undefeated. My answer is no because their schedule is not challenging enough, regardless of their win over Virginia Tech and a potential win over Oregon State.

Boise State is a very good team and a fine program — I picked them to beat Virginia Tech — but I firmly believe they would lose a game or two if they played in a major conference. It’s one thing to get up for a big game once or twice a year but it’s a complete other to beat quality opponents every single week. That’s something Alabama has to face in the SEC but something Boise State does not have to in the WAC. Saban noted the difference on his Thursday night radio show, as relayed by The Wiz of Odds:

He noted that Alabama defeated Virginia Tech in its 2009 opener and defeated six other teams that were the caliber of Virginia Tech, or maybe better. And maybe more than that if you throw in Texas and Florida in the SEC Championship Game. …”

“It’s the full body of work. It’s not just that you can beat one team, but if you have to beat six or seven other teams and have to play with consistency to do it, I think that goes a long way in saying a lot about what kind of football team that you have. And that’s no disrespect that you have, because they may certainly be able to do the same thing if they were put in that circumstance.”

At least Boise State will be challenged more regularly when they move to the Mountain West but for now, the situation is as Saban describes it. It’s hard to tell a school before they’ve even played a game that no matter what you do, it won’t be good enough, but that’s the situation for Boise State. You cannot tell me with confidence that they would be undefeated if they had to play Florida, LSU, Auburn, and Arkansas, and that’s the issue at hand.

Sources:
Saban takes a shot at Boise State’s worthiness as a BCS title contender [The Birmingham News]



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  • Anonymous

    Well first of all Boise State does deserve a spot in the championship game if they go undefeated. Second yeah they are in the WAC and beat everyone they play. If Boise was in a bigger conference means better recruits that they would take from USC , Oregon, Alabama, Texas, and they would still have the chance of going undefeated just like any other team. So enough with all the bull crap that everyone says Boise has a week schedule then do something about it and play them. That right Mr. Saban would be to scared to come fly to boise and play . But we would fly anywhere and play anyone.

  • Anonymous

    I totally agree with IdhaoSpud77 because no one in the SEC will travel outside there state to play anyone and I know that because the professionals stated that (ESPN) and everyone knows they fear the “Blue” field that everyone hates to play. It’s intimidating and I don’t like when no one will even want to come an face us and play us, but everyone knows that if given the opportunity, BSU and the whole Bronco Nation will go and support our Blue & Orange. So lets stop talking about how BSU doesn’t play anyone because we all know everyone don’t want to be embarassed that a smaller school WILL beat them in remarkable fashion. GO GO BSU!!!

  • Anonymous

    Enough of this “strength of schedule” arguement with BSU. They have earned the recognition with their winning streak and their record against BCS opponents for the past 5 years. Also…the WAC is not as weak as BCSers would want us to believe. Both Fresno State and Nevada have quality programs and could very likely tap into the top 25 rankings this year. They are not being given the recognition they deserve as they consistently perform week after week. I would contend that the WAC is just as strong as the PAC-10 this year. But if there were a team in the PAC-10 with the talent of BSU, there would be no National Championship controversy about whether they are worthy because they are in the PAC-10. When the season is over, lets look at the record of WAC vs. PAC-10 teams this year see which division fares better. This contreverse of whether BSU should be in the national title game has less to do with who the best football team is and more to do with $$$.

  • Anonymous

    Enough of this “strength of schedule” arguement with BSU. They have earned the recognition with their winning streak and their record against BCS opponents for the past 5 years. Also…the WAC is not as weak as BCSers would want us to believe. Both Fresno State and Nevada have quality programs and could very likely tap into the top 25 rankings this year. They are not being given the recognition they deserve as they consistently perform week after week. I would contend that the WAC is just as strong as the PAC-10 this year. But if there were a team in the PAC-10 with the talent of BSU, there would be no National Championship controversy about whether they are worthy because they are in the PAC-10. When the season is over, lets look at the record of WAC vs. PAC-10 teams this year see which division fares better. This contreverse of whether BSU should be in the national title game has less to do with who the best football team is and more to do with $$$.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2XG5QFIC3BPO5LOAMTFUHVLB4E Eric I

    if nick saban thinks he played 6 teams the quality of virginia tech in 09 he needs to stop smoking whatever the hell he’s smoking.

    in 09 he played Virginia Tech, good team. Florida, yes. LSU, maybe? No other team on his regular season schedule was as good as V-Tech was last season. South Carolina? No. Arkansas? No. Ole Miss? Hell no. Tennessee? Hell no.

    I agree with the other posters. How can the SEC claim to be the best conference year in and year out when their OOC is a joke every year????? The argument that “we are the SEC is the best conference so we don’t have to play anybody out of conference because our in conference schedule is so good” is complete horse maneur. How do you judge a conference’s strength??? Who they play out of conference and how they do. If you’re playing joke teams every year outta conference, then your conference can’t claim to be the best. Simple as that.

  • Anonymous

    The weakness in Saban’s “analysis” is that SEC, Big 10 and other teams in other Conferences have been “ducking” Boise State like the Plague. It seems only the PAC-10 is willing to be risk-takers and look what happened. After Virginia Tech’s loss, do not expect any more ACC teams to be willing to “host” much less go cross-country to play them. All of these big-talking Conferences want to rest on their laurels while rarely venturing outside their state lines; that’s cowardly territory if you ask me. A few short years ago, Texas refused to play Hawaii (even though in all probability they would’ve crushed them) and Michigan opted out of a game with UH also (only to lose to Appalachian State – how’s that for irony?) because they couldn’t take the risk to their Bowl chances. Regardless of their loss to Nevada, they would’ve made mincemeat out of any of the Big-10 Rose Bowl candidates.