Originally posted on the ManSpeak  |  Last updated 12/7/10
Rather than getting a shot at a big-time football school,
Boise State will face Utah in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas.  Boise State had the ultimate chance to become the biggest Cinderella in the history of athletics. 

And then, Broncos place-kicker Kyle Brotzman missed two chip shot field goal attempts against Nevada to ruin the story for all the orange and blue crazed kids out there.
But why does one miscue mean that Boise gets matched up with Utah in a bowl game? 

Is it coincidence, or on purpose?
If college football is all about money, and clearly it is, then why on heaven's earth is Boise State matched up with Utah in a game being played in a desert? 

Don't we want to see Boise State against the big guys?  Don't we want to see if Boise can run with the big dogs so next year when they are miraculously 10-0 again and clamoring for a shot at the National Championship that we might consider them worthy?

Another nice job by the NCAA and the BCS schools to avoid any confrontation or massacre that may occur if Boise were to say knock off LSU or Michigan State. 

I'm not saying that Boise belongs in the BCS this year because they do not. 

But why couldn't we see Boise State match-up against a team like the Missouri Tigers from the Big 12, who are 10-2 on the season and were really a bad loss at Texas Tech away from playing a BCS game?

Or how about Boise State against the Alabama Crimson Tide?  Why not give the Broncos a chance against the reigning BCS Champions?  Is their doubt in the minds of the powers that be that Boise might dare upset the big SEC Power?

I personally don't think Boise State really is that good.  Losing to Nevada the way they did when they had a perfect undefeated season so close is preposterous and sad. 

But I want to see the theatre and I think that schools like Boise State and San Diego State deserve the opportunity to play, and heaven forbid, thrive when the bright lights are shining. Give these teams that want to be recognized on the national stage the spot light the chance to display what they have in front of the best schools the BCS conferences have to offer. 

And maybe a couple of things would get accomplished.

1. We'd know if these small schools are truly capable of hanging with the big boys.
2. A lot of people would make a lot of money!

We aren't going to learn anything by watching Boise take on the Utes in the battle of the mountain range that take place in a desert. 

The NCAA and the BCS schools squandered yet another opportunity to make the game of college football bigger, better, and more profitable than ever before.




Related articles
  • Boise State President blasts BCS mistake (sports.espn.go.com)
  • "Boise State a 15-point favorite over Utah in Las Vegas Bowl" and related posts (obnug.com)
  • Boise State president blasts BCS mistake (sfgate.com)
  • Boise State Blows It (gamevip.com)


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