Boise State is everything that is right about college football

Touchdown Ian Johnson. Boise State’s hero from two seasons ago, the running back who proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend just after scoring the game-winning 2-point conversion in overtime of the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, just scored his second rushing TD of the day as #9 Boise State now leads Fresno State 54-10 on ESPN2.

Boise State, one of America’s favorite underdogs, is about to cap off their second undefeated season in three years. In today’s unfair Division I-A (Football Bowl Subdivision) of college football where the deck is stacked against every team not in a BCS conference (45 of 120 teams), Boise State is everything that is right about college football. The problem is, they are likely to be on the outside looking in at the BCS bowl games and the big dollars that come with those games. With Utah ranked above Boise State, the Utes will likely be the non-BCS representative in a BCS bowl game this season, and while Boise State is ranked well ahead of the Champions of the Big East and ACC.

The current BCS outlook is this: the Champions of the Big East (Cincinnati), ACC (TBD), SEC (Florida or Alabama), Big 12 (TBD), Big Ten (Penn State) & Pac-10 (Oregon State or USC) are guaranteed spots. With the BCS Championship Game there are 10 spots available, meaning 6 are filled immediately. Add Utah as #7, the loser of Florida v Alabama as #8 and likely a second Big 12 team as #9, and it leaves little room for the Broncos. An Oregon State loss to Oregon tomorrow moves USC into a BCS games and opens the door for Boise State.

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