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Veteran Oddsmaker: Boise State Is Best Team in College Football

The big school/little school rivalry between BCS automatic qualifiers and BCS outsiders took a turn for the interesting Wednesday when Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said Boise State and TCU do not deserve to play in the National Championship Game because of their weak schedule. It’s a point I’ve argued before, but Ohio State’s non-conference schedule was underwhelming, and they also missed playing Michigan State in conference. Hence, their school president is not the person to make such an argument, though the point has some validity.

Here’s the rub: what if Boise State or TCU is the best team in the country despite not playing a difficult schedule? Wouldn’t that mean they should have a chance at the National Championship Game? Sure does in my book. And guess what, there’s some serious support for Boise State in this regard.

Last week we spoke with Mike Seba, a senior oddsmaker for Las Vegas Sports Consultants which provides sports betting lines for several Las Vegas sports books. He said he had Boise State ranked at the same level as Oregon and Auburn, two of the other unbeaten teams in college football. Want some more? Jay Kornegay, the director of the Las Vegas Hilton race and sports book, told LBS he thinks “Boise State is the best team in the college football.”

Though I said before the year began that Boise State did not belong in the National Championship Game because of their poor schedule, I have changed my mind. Should Auburn or Oregon lose, they do belong in the game. Although I still believe they would lose a game playing in a tougher conference, they would be at the top of every conference in college football. Furthermore, if they were playing Ohio State, I’d pick the Broncos every time.

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  • Anonymous

    This article and the “facts” dealing with odds makers = owned

    Thats right Gee, you were just owned, again.

    But thats been happening all day as soon as you said that stupid comment.

  • Gene

    Boise State should get rid of the blue field if they want to be recognized as a major program. I believe they would lose several games and would have a lot more significant injuries if they played in the SEC, for instance. With their weak schedule and conference, they can point for the few major conference teams on their schedule, while those teams, while not taking Boise State lightly, cannot hit the same emotional peaks as they would for a tough conference game.

    By the way, Alabama is four over Auburn, which means that the oddsmakers think twice beaten Bama is better than Boise, TCU or Oregon.

  • Anonymous

    Fine. Bring on Boise. My Buckeyes excel against qb driven passing teams. I want this game. You know a bowl will want this now. Last time I looked at Sagarin, Boise TCU and Nevade had the weakest schedules out of the top 37 teams. They needed a lot of zebra help to beat Va Tech.

    If Gee and the big ten had their way, the BCS wouldn’t exist and they’d just go back to the Rose bowl vs. the Pac 10. I’d like to see
    Boise next year come play Nebraska, Mich St, Iowa, Wisconsin, Ohio St, Michigan…

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    I think Boise State may wind up in the Rose Bowl, but against Wisconsin. I think their defense is better than their offense. If they played in a major conference they’d have at least a loss each year but they’re really good this year.

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  • Anonymous

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