Before we go off screaming about how Boise State squandered an opportunity to play BCS AQ schools, let's pause and put our BCS thinking caps on. See, those BCS computers have a whole different way of thinking as they use numbers in place of common sense. Would it really have been better to play a Big Ten or PAC 10 school that would likely have finished with 4 or 5 or 6 losses? Would it really have been better to play another ACC team? Virginia Tech is only ranked in the top 25 in 1 of the 6 computers right now. That win isn't currently do anything for Boise State computer credibility. One-loss Nevada is ranked in 5 out of 6 of the computers. Ah HA!
I see this scheduling move as a pure stroke of genius. Nevada and Fresno teams that could likely dominate the WAC next year. We're talking about 9 or 10 win seasons for each school. All the while, they are beating teams in the WAC that are no longer hurting Boise State's strength of schedule. BSU gets the best of both worlds. They play in a different league and play the top teams from the old league and don't face the teams those two teams will be beating up.
Aside from that, Boise State all but controls its own destiny for a BCS Bowl bid next year. They play in the top Non-AQ conference and, if they go unbeaten, no other non-aq could possibly finish ahead of them. Why ruin that opportunity by playing tougher competition that likely wouldn't get you into the national championship game anyway?
Gene Bleymaier's decision to schedule Fresno and Nevada for 2011 was...
well thought out with his BCS thinking cap on. (14 votes)
simply convenient. Not much thought went into it at all. (54 votes)
the only reasonable option. (19 votes)
driven by empathy for Fresno and Nevada. (4 votes)
91 total votes