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17 Feb 2011

ESPN: Frogs, Broncos Moving On Up

Boise State joins the Mountain West this fall and figures to be the favorite to claim the conference crown. Kellen Moore is back to light up opponent defenses, and the Mountain West did the Broncos a big favor by moving the TCU game from Fort Worth to Boise. They also have an opportunity to knock off an SEC heavyweight in SEC territory, squaring off against the Georgia Bulldogs in Atlanta on September 3rd. Those games could have a big impact on a championship-worthy resume this fall. After this year though, TCU bolts to the Big East and the Horned Frogs figure to take advantage of the spoils of an automatic qualifying conference for the long term.

Posted by: Brian Fremeau on 17 Feb 2011

2 comments, Last at 21 Feb 2011, 7:17pm by zlionsfan


by JonFrum :: Sat, 02/19/2011 - 1:35pm

I don't know if I'd call Georgia an SEC heavyweight right now.

by zlionsfan :: Mon, 02/21/2011 - 7:17pm

Yeah, that's a stretch, to say the least ... even the Feldman post that the ESPN article quotes says as much.

From Feldman's post: Considering the Bulldogs just went 6-7 and lost their best offensive and defensive players early to the NFL, that would certainly qualify as a surprise bounce-back.

I mean, they're basically saying that if everything goes well for Georgia, the game could represent a "road" win over a top-15 team ... which is exactly what Boise State got against Virginia Tech, and yet that game did almost nothing to enhance the Broncos' BCS hopes, even before the Hokies' loss to James Madison. If it doesn't, well, it won't even be as impressive a win as beating Nevada might be. Sure, beating TCU would be nice, but then that's going to diminish TCU's resume.

I don't really think it matters who the non-AQ teams play. If a couple of AQ teams have good seasons, then they'll be playing for the MNC.