Does a Boise Win Equal a Playoff?
Monday night we all watched Boise State dominate Oklahoma for three quarters only to have to pull out a victory in overtime 43-42. First and foremost let me tell you my view of this game. Boise State should have won this game easily. This game should not have come down to trick plays for the Broncos. This game should have been put away in the third quarter but wasn't. However, I am not going to take away what the Broncos did. In the end they won against a top ten football team on the national stage. Boise finally came through and beat a team while everyone in the nation watched. However I want to address a point I have been hearing since this game was put to bed. Since Boise State finished 13-0 I have heard numerous reasons why their should be a playoff. I today will construct that playoff for you just to show that a playoff will never work in college football (at least not in today's game). Just so everyone knows I advocate a playoff because I feel that is the single best way to crown a true champion, but the problem is the voters and computers will never allow a playoff to be fair. I will use an 8 team format with the seedings from the BCS because that is most likely what kind of playoff format would be approved. The seedings will go as follows:
1) Ohio State
8) Boise State
Right away most of you should notice a problem with these rankings. If there were a playoff Boise State would open with the #1 team in the nation Ohio State and the game would probable take place at the HorseShoe. There is just no way the Broncos win a game there. However, Say the Broncos somehow do shock the world they then are awarded a game at either LSU or USC. Once again can anyone see the Broncos beating either the Trojans or Tigers in their respective stadiums? Well let's just say Boise somehow pulls off that shocker and reaches the national championship game. This game would be at a neutral site with the Broncos facing either Michigan or Florida. I could see Boise beating either of these two teams in the first round, but after two grueling games against Ohio State and either LSU or USC I just don't think our mid-major partner would have enough left in the tank to win the game.
In the end the voters are not going to allow a playoff to work. There is no way the Broncos are an eight seed in a playoff this year but can you conceivably see the Broncos being ranked any higher at the end of the season? You may try and use the Utah argument but remember the Utes were ranked #5 when chosen for the BCS. The Utes would still be required to play two road games to win the championship. If the voters could see a mid-major as an equal to the major BCS conferences a playoff would be the right way to go. However, if we had a playoff today Boise State's amazing win over Oklahoma would have been nothing more than a first round win giving them a chance to play an even better team in the second round. Do we really want something like that to happen? Do you feel like Fresno State could beat three top ten teams (two of them on the road) to win the national championship? I am sorry but I do not want to see that happen anytime soon. Until there is an equal between all conferences a playoff will never be fair and should not be used.
By the way I have noticed much love on the barkboard for the way Boise State played against Oklahoma on Monday. I have a question for every Bulldog fan out there. If Fresno State had beaten Oklahoma the same way Boise did would we rejoice or instead would we complain about the terrible fourth quarter our team put together? I would guess the second of the two choices to be correct. So why is it that we give Boise so much props for a win like this but knock the Bulldogs if they do the same type of thing? Just a question for anyone who reads the blog. Let me know what you think.