After seeing the reaction to yesterday’s ”What if” blog post, I’ll do my best to stay within the boundaries of the actual today.
That means no hypothetical discussion of Boise State moving to the Mountain West Conference.
Instead — and spurred by Idaho coach Robb Akey’s comments that the Vandals are leading the Mountain West Conference — let’s look at the two leagues this season.
The debate is going to heat up if Boise State and TCU remain undefeated — and are competing for one spot in the Bowl Championship Series.
If that is the case, no doubt TCU is going to rely heavily on its victory against the Broncos in last year’s Poinsettia Bowl to argue that it should be ranked ahead of Boise State.
No question the Mountain West was better in 2008. But what about this season?
The nine-team WAC is 4-6 against the nine-team Mountain West this season, despite Idaho’s 2-0 record. The season series is over, barring bowl match-ups.
The four wins:
Idaho beat San Diego State and Colorado State
New Mexico State beat New Mexico
Nevada beat UNLV
The six losses:
Colorado State beat Nevada
San Diego State beat New Mexico State
BYU beat Utah State
Utah beat Utah State
Utah beat San Jose State
UNLV beat Hawaii
Outside of No. 6 Boise State, the WAC has zero ranked teams. The Mountain West has two ranked teams (No. 10 TCU and No. 18 BYU).
Boise State’s non-conference schedule: vs. Oregon, vs. Miami (OH), @ Bowling Green, vs. UC Davis and @ Tulsa
TCU’s non-conference schedule: @ Virginia, vs. Texas State, @ Clemson, vs. SMU
Boise State's win against Oregon is going to be the best win of the bunch.
I have no doubt readers of this blog will argue for the Broncos, but I think a decent case can be made for TCU.
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Brian Murphy is co-author of "Blue Magic: Boise State's Unlikely Journey to a Fiesta Bowl Win." You can click here to purchase the book.