Start printing those Boise State Orange Bowl Champions T-shirts! And put us down for an XXL!
Wait a minute. We're getting ahead of ourselves, aren't we? After all, there is a lot of football left to be played. Granted, the football that is left to be played is mostly WAC football and WAC football is mostly Division I-AA caliber football and Boise State is totally going to go undefeated and crash the BCS and beat a heavily-favored team resulting in a top five ranking, national attention, and a Kellen Moore haircut phenomenon!!!
No, no, we can't let ourselves get to that point yet. It is only one win, and there are still many more to go. Just because the Broncos beat a nationally-ranked Pac-10 team on the road does not mean that they will automatically be granted a spot in a BCS bowl game. Besides, the Broncos are far from the only team to accomplish that feat this season. You don't see UNLV making plans for Pasadena, do you?
But then again, you don't see UNLV dominating teams like the Broncos have or showing the same immeasurable potential as the 2008 Boise State team shows, either. That win against Oregon was classic Boise State, right down to the dominant passing performance and the bloated scoreboard. In many ways, it was a lot like a game played by the 2006 team except with far fewer Zabransky-like brain farts. Both teams won thanks to the leadership and will of the players. A Fiesta Bowl win was the icing on the cake for that undefeated 2006 squad, so therefore, we should totally expect the same from this year's Bronco team. We're on Travelocity right now, looking up Tempe hotel room rates! LaQuinta, look out! Party over here!
Arg, no. We can't do this to ourselves, at least not yet. This is probably the exact same place that East Carolina fans were at after upsetting Virgina Tech and West Virginia in their first two games. No doubt they were thinking BCS bowl, too, but all that changed when they dropped the ball against NC State.
Who's to say that the same fate won't befall the Broncos? Southern Miss will not be an easy road game, and there are tricky spots on the WAC schedule like Nevada, LaTech, and Fresno State. With a perfect game, any one of those teams could upend the Broncos.
Of course, judging by the immutability of Kellen Moore's left arm and the continued dominance of Jeron Johnson and his Secondary of Doom, there's no way that is going to happen. Like the blowhard Oregon announcer said, "There is not another difficult game on their schedule. Yuk, yuk, yuk." No way the Broncos are losing to the Golden Eagles, the Wolf Pack, the Bulldogs, or the Bulldogs. They're going undefeated the rest of the way, jumping up leaps and bounds in the polls, and punching their ticket for next year's ESPYs for Greatest Team! Hosted by Jaime Foxx, we hope!
There we go again. It is just so hard to keep our composure when it comes to this team. We are on cloud nine right now, and even a ten-day layoff before LaTech will probably only bring us down to cloud seven or eight, where we hear they have XBox. What a wild few days. How could anyone not be expecting too much from this team?
Well, there is the small problem about multiple non-BCS teams being eligible for a BCS berth. That horrible, flawed system only requires that one team go to a BCS game if more than one are eligible. Do you hear that, BYU? Appox on your Max Hall-ness! If the Cougars (or the Utes) run the table, the Broncos could be on the outside looking in no matter how undefeated things go the rest of the way.
There are just way too many variables left to be thinking BCS bowl at this point. Like the coaches and players, Bronco fans need to take things one game at a time. Right now, the only thing we should be worrying about is Derek Dooley and Louisiana Tech, not the Harris Poll or the score of the BYU game. If we take care of ourselves, the rest of the pieces will fall into place. At least, that's the way the BCS hopes things will work.
The Oregon win was fantastic, but there is still a long ways to go before the BCS is a reality. And until then, we are just going to have to be content with our 40-point WAC blowout wins, our Ian Johnson BSU records watch, our George Iloka look-a-like contests, and our hopes and dreams.
The latter may or may not include Coach Pete receiving the Sears National Championship Trophy from Joe Buck amidst a sea of orange and blue confetti. We can't help it. Our dreams have a mind of their own.