After watching TCU and Boise St beat their heads against a brick wall just to play in BCS Bowl games, it finally hit our chancellor what needs to be done. The Mountain West Conference will never garner Boise St the respect it needs to crash the BCS Title Game no matter how well they play. The 4 undefeated seasons through the 2000s aren’t enough and neither were the 2 BCS Bowl wins in the eyes of jaded BCS conference lovers. With everyone joining these collegiate super conferences it’s time to reverse gears and go independent. Especially Boise St, at least TCU gets love since they hail from Texas.
Well, the blueprint has already been laid out for them. They are to copy the pattern that garnered the Miami Hurricanes prominence throughout the the 1980s and ’90s by being the independent foil that played 5 or 6 ranked opponents every year. This way they can play toward the mantra “it’s all about the money”, and take on teams that think they can beat them and will pay them for 3 to 4 game series. Think about it. Get a reported $800,000 from those three teams and supplement this with their bowl money. It will be a financial windfall. What happens if they take on a 3 game series with an LSU, and Ohio St., and an Alabama team that believes they can beat them?? Then they take on two to three single game performances against a ranked West Virginia and USC, then schedule weaker opponents. If they come through a crucible such as that it forces the voters to rightfully vote them #1 if they can march through those 6. Gone is the conference argument being used against them. How well did this formula work for Miami??
Well the last time Miami was an independent and won the National Title outright was 1989, funny thing is they won a split title in 1991 as a Big East Conference member. You’ll note that they even lost to Florida St. yet ran the table against the rest of their ranked opponents. The teams that were not ranked by season’s end did hail from BCS conferences in Wisconsin, Cal, Pitt, defending champion Notre Dame (also an independent) and the pollsters couldn’t avoid voting them up. Look at this schedule for the 1989 Canes and fashion a 2012 schedule for Boise with some substitutes. If they could go 5-1 or 6-0 versus that tough of competition they could be #1 with ease. Think about it Coach Peterson!!
|Date||Result||Miami Rank#||(Rank#)Opponent||Stadium · City|
|September 9, 1989||W 51-3||#3||@ Wisconsin||Camp Randall Stadium – Madison, WI|
|September 16, 1989||W 31-3||#3||California||Orange Bowl – Miami, FL|
|September 23, 1989||W 38-7||#2||@ Missouri||Faurot Field – Columbia, MO|
|September 30, 1989||W 26-20||#2||@ Michigan State||Spartan Stadium – East Lansing, MI|
|October 7, 1989||W 56-0||#2||Cincinnati||Orange Bowl – Miami, FL|
|October 14, 1989||W 48-16||#2||San Jose State||Orange Bowl – Miami, FL|
|October 28, 1989||L 10-24||#2||@ #9 Florida State||Doak Campbell Stadium – Tallahassee, FL|
|November 4, 1989||W 40-10||#7||East Carolina||Orange Bowl – Miami, FL|
|November 11, 1989||W 24-3||#7||@ #14 Pittsburgh||Pitt Stadium – Pittsburgh, PA|
|November 18, 1989||W 42-6||#7||San Diego State||Orange Bowl – Miami, FL|
|November 25, 1989||W 27-10||#7||#1 Notre Dame||Orange Bowl – Miami, FL|
|January 1, 1990*||W 33-25||#2||#7 Alabama||Louisiana Superdome – New Orleans, LA|
|*Sugar Bowl #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game.|
The Boise St. Broncos need to copy this formula and wind up with a ranking that will elude them with their present conference situation. They have to take the voters stance and embrace the BCS and force their vote. Without this type of set-up it’s more of the same thing. A big win against a Georgia team earlier this year and SEC pundits and fans scoffed they were an SEC bottom feeder. Well if Boise St schedules two of these schools and march through them it would bode well for their shedding the “one tough opponent” label. Without this they may never get their due as the well coached team that they are.
The funny thing is most people equate the Broncos with BYU in past annals when they are not like BYU at all. This well oiled machine mines football talent from Northern and Southern California, and nabs some of the soon to develop talent who had issues with grades. They even allow players to send try-out tapes to the school and shop their wares instead of relying on big time scouting to be noticed. There are a lot of inner city kids on these Boise teams and these other “big schools” think they’re going to “punk” the Broncos. Then they wake up in the 4th quarter in a dog fight against a team where every player has a chip on his shoulder. There is a ruggedness to their teams yet they’re disciplined. It takes this type of attitude from the coaching staff and players to make this go. What do you say Coach Peterson?? The time is now or you may let one of history’s finest runs be regarded on the periphery of achievement when compared to other schools.
Just remember Boise St, the University of Miami was seriously thinking about dropping their football program from Division I altogether before Howard Schnellenberger came up with this bold plan. It turned a fledgling school in South Florida into a national power and may be just the tonic Bronco nation needs to finally crash the BCS Title Game. Well, that and a place kicker that can make a 4th quarter field goal.
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