I'm a traditionalist in college football. I think the fact that you can generally count on Alabama, PSU. OSU, Michigan (ahem) Florida et. al to be elite teams year after year is one of the 2 or 3 best things about college football, something that makes it special and different than most sports. I would have no problem if the same ten teams finished every season in the top ten, with another team coming in every year or so just to spice things up. Don't get me wrong, I love upsets, they are fun to watch, but you need an elite hierarchy to make the upsets even more memorable.
Because of this, Boise has always confounded me. I have responded to their success with disdain, bringing forth arguments like "The WAC is a lesser conference than even the MAC," "they send less players to the NFL every year than the MAC or Conference USA," and "Boise snuck up on an overconfident Oklahoma." Now, all of these arguments are true- even Chris Peterson admitted that they snuck up on OK in a recent interview. The fact that they are ranked in the top five this year to me is simply ludicrous, because I've been one that has honestly believed that in the B10 they would be no better than mid-pack every year.
But tonight I am forced to admit they belong. Even though it is only halftime, and VA Tech could come back and win, it is pretty clear that BSU is extremely well coached, hard hitting, and look anything but overmatched out there. Now, VA Tech, while good, is not a top 5-6 team, and lost many of last year's starters on defense, but that is precisely the point- once BSU could not sneak up on a good team, IME they would be overmatched against a good BCS school. But clearly they are not. Welcome to the BCS level Boise, I was wrong about you.*
*I retract this post in the event VA Tech wins 42-20.