Big 12 official: "The Mountain West pools together officials with other conferences under the CFO...
Big 12 official: "The Mountain West pools together officials with other conferences under the CFO West banner. Because of that, officials don't see those schools more than twice a year and usually not that much, as opposed to the conference structure where you might see one team three or four times a year. As part of that arrangement we send officials to work Mountain West games, so I guess I've seen Boise as much as anyone.
"First things first, they can compete with the big schools. I hear people say they couldn't last over the course of a full schedule in a BCS conference and I just laugh. No, they're not as deep as a Big 12 or SEC school, but if they were in the Big 12 or SEC they'd be able to build that depth. And besides, their key skill players are so good that doesn't matter.
"What strikes you being on the field with them is that their offensive guys are every bit as good as what we see in the Big 12. And they are big. The quarterback isn't, but I think you expect them all to be a lot smaller, and they're not. If they had on different uniforms you wouldn't even think about it.
"But for all the attention their offense gets, it's their defense that impresses me. All those guys are upperclassmen and they act like it. They are super fast and they shorten the field. They don't give up big plays. I think their secondary is vulnerable at the corners, but the defensive line and their linebackers are so good they help take the pressure off that backfield.
"If a team can really run it, like an Alabama kind of power game, and keep that defensive front occupied, there's somewhere to go in the outside passing lanes."