Boise State coach Chris Petersen made it clear during his Monday press conference that he doesn't want to talk about the Bowl Championship Series and he isn't interested in lobbying on behalf of his undefeated Boise State team.
Right now, Boise State appears to be on the outside looking in at a spot in the big-money, high-prestige BCS. Utah all but locked up a spot with its win against BYU, elbowing Boise State into the at-large pool with USC (potentially) and Ohio State.
Petersen might not be able to do anything about it by voicing his opinion in public. But the Boise State coach isn't even going to try.
"It's not what we do," Petersen said.
He wouldn't be the first coach to lobby on behalf of his team, something Texas coach Mack Brown perfected back in 2004.
"People are going to tell us where to go and we're going to play," Petersen said of the Broncos' postseason opportunities.
I don't understand what Petersen has to lose by saying, "Hey, watch us play against Fresno State. Decide for yourself if we deserve to be ahead of Utah or get in before Ohio State. We're proud of our program."
But that is not Pete's style. His players weren't doing much lobbying, either.
"Ask Lou Holtz," linebacker Kyle Gingg said.
The Broncos found out about Utah's victory against BYU during their plane flight home from Reno.
"It's something we really don't worry too much about, as long as we keep winning. That's all you can do," wide receiver Vinny Perretta said.
These guys have either been very well trained or they've truly bought into Petersen's philosophy.
"It's out of our control. If it's meant for us to be in the BCS, we'll be there," safety Ellis Powers said.
What can fans do?
Jeff Caves has suggested that Boise State fans start lobbying on behalf of their beloved Broncos by calling and sending e-mails and faxes to ESPN and BCS bowl representatives.
Caves suggested that such a campaign could influence the bowls to select Boise State over Ohio State as the final at-large selection.
I think it's a long-shot, but — like Petersen speaking out — it wouldn't hurt.
One point for BSU fans to make in potential letters: Ohio State has played two games against potential BCS teams (USC and Penn State) this year and lost both of them.
If Oregon State beats Oregon on Saturday, however, all of this is moot. USC would claim the final at-large spot and there is really nothing that could be done.
The most likely bowl destinations for Boise State remain Boise's Humanitarian Bowl and the Poinsettia Bowl in San Diego.
I'd put the percentages at something like this:
Humanitarian Bowl: 55 percent
Poinsettia Bowl: 40 percent
BCS Bowl: 4 percent
Other bowl game: 1 percent
I keep getting conflicting information about who really controls Boise State's destiny in the bowl picture.
Kevin McDonald, the executive director of the H-Bowl, says his board has to release the Broncos.
Karl Benson, the WAC commissioner, says that a board of WAC athletic directors (from schools that are not bowl eligible) in consultation with the league's bowl partners and teams, make the decision about which WAC teams go where.
What I do know: It is not a simple matter of this bowl gets first pick and this bowl gets second pick.
McDonald, who I just heard on KTIK, sounds more and more determined to keep the Broncos in Boise. He said in his mind there is not much difference between a 10-2 TCU (Boise State's likely opponent in the Poinsettia Bowl) and a 7-5 North Carolina (a possibility for BSU in the H-Bowl).
That'd be news to the voters who have TCU in the top 15 and North Carolina out of the polls completely.
McDonald also said a game between undefeated Boise State and an undefeated Ball State team is not out of the question. But it is a long way off.
Petersen was diplomatic when discussing his team's options outside of the BCS.
"I really think of it as a reward to the guys and so I always, if you can, want to do what they want to do. I think about the fans, too. Last year was an awkward situation," Petersen said of the Broncos' insistence to play in the Hawaii Bowl instead of the Humanitarian Bowl.
That decision may bite the Broncos this year.
"We’d love to get ourselves in a place where the players say this is a great place, this is a great reward," Petersen said. "And there are different scenarios that can take place in."
What do you think?
If Boise State doesn't make the BCS, where should the Broncos play?
Are the Broncos better off playing in the Humanitarian Bowl (and, presumably, winning) or would it be in the program's best interests to go to San Diego to play TCU?