Don't Call It Trickeration. Boise State's Just A Damn Good Football Team.
Before the game, Jimmy Johnson was waxing eloquent on TCU's need to stop the inevitable trick plays that Boise State would be throwing their way. In a way, he was completely right. This "trick play" was arguably the most pivotal play in the Fiesta Bowl, and it swung the pendulum in Boise State's favor. It revived a dead drive and helped lead them to the win. However, it's time to take a step back and look at Boise State in a more honest and realistic light.
They're not just a bag of tricks. This is a damn good football team.
Thanks to the BCS and their incredibly flawed system, the knock on Boise State will still be that this year's team didn't have any quality wins away from home against BCS conference opponents... the so-called "big boys".
Sure, they beat Oregon in the season opener, but that was in Boise on the Smurf Turf, where it seems like no one in the country can steal a win from the Broncos. Other than that, they have done everything right.
The Broncos finished 14-0, won their BCS Bowl, and won by an average score of 42-17 over the course of their entire season. Lest we forget, this was a season which, by the time it was complete, included two teams that finished the regular season in the top 10, and were the champions of their respective conferences.
But still, Boise State's Fiesta Bowl trophy is nothing more than a consolation prize... a small gold oblong reminder of the crystal beauty that could have been theirs, if the system allowed them to truly compete.
This Boise State team isn't just a walking carnival, with trick after trick up their sleeve. This isn't 2007, and we're talking about a team that can legitimately compete with anyone in the country. It's time to stop disrespecting Boise State and acting like they're just a novelty item, and understand that they simply are THAT good.
Do we know that Boise State could have beaten one of the bigger schools who are now preparing to vie for the BCS Championship? No. We have no idea. Would I bet money on Boise State to beat Alabama or Texas? Probably not. But one thing is guaranteed: I sure as hell wouldn't bet against them.
Video H/T: Dr. Saturday