Where Would Boise State Be If They Had Beaten TCU?
The talk around the college football world this week is the domination of the SEC West in the BCS Standings as LSU, Alabama and Arkansas are all ranked in the top three. While its safe to say that we will be seeing two teams from the same conference in the National Championship, it poses a legitimate question: if Boise State would have beaten TCU, would they be ranked in the top two of the BCS Standings?
Amazingly, three of the top five teams in the country suffered a defeat over the weekend causing a major shakeup in the polls. Oregon and Oklahoma are officially eliminated from the championship hunt as they each have suffered two losses each. Oklahoma State fell to fourth and still has a slim chance of getting back in the top two. Boise State moved from 10th to 7th, but no matter what, they will not win their conference. With only two remaining unbeaten teams, it would be interesting to see whether or not Boise State would be 2nd or 3rd in this weeks rankings. Of course, this is all hypothetical due to the fact that they Broncos stumbled to TCU losing 36-35, but I think if there ever was a year that they would get their national championship opportunity, this was the year.
After LSU beat Alabama 9-6 in the "Game of the Century" Alabama still found themselves ahead of Boise State in the BCS standings and that is an important factor in this argument. For once though, the computers actually like the Broncos. Despite having a loss, BSU is ranked 8th by the computers. With that being said, if the Broncos were unbeaten, it would be safe to assume the computers would fairly judge them unlike previous years.
Again, this is all hypothetical, but if the Broncos finished the season 12-0, I think this might have been the year they would be playing for a National Championship. Unfortunately, we will never know.