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Boise State, Virginia Tech, and USC. Questioning the AP Top 25

BOISE, ID - SEPTEMBER 3:  Kellen Moore #11 of Boise State throws a pass against the Oregon Ducks in first quarter of the game on September 3, 2009 at Broncos Stadium in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Steve Dykes/Getty Images)
Bleacher ReportCorrespondent IOctober 4, 2009

With the new Associated Press polls being released, you'll notice that the Boise State Broncos have fallen behind the Virginia Tech Hokies this week.

BCS fans would tell you that it's because Boise had a "close" game with FCS squad California Davis. I'd tell you that it's because people are looking for a reason to drop Boise from the rankings.

The team that jumped Boise, Virginia Tech, certainly didn't have a quality win to speak of. The Hokies beat Duke, a team who have already lost to a FCS team, Richmond.

Duke has beaten Army and North Carolina Central this season, hardly impressive.

In a college football atmosphere, where hardly any teams go undefeated, Boise State is being penalized for winning!

Let's compare the games:

Boise State 34-16

Virginia Tech 34-26.

That's right Boise won by more, and still is penalized.

The BCS has created an atmosphere where to get respect you have to beat the stuffing out of inferior opponents.

Last season before Utah beat Alabama, people repeatedly pointed to close games against Michigan and Oregon State for proof that Utah couldn't hang with the SEC.

They were wrong.

Going undefeated is very difficult. As good as Florida is with Tim Tebow, he has never gone undefeated. That's right, never.

If you want a team to jump a "mid-major," make that team beat someone of note. I was actually more surprised that the USC v. Cal beating kept the Trojans at No. 7 as opposed to jumping Boise and Virginia Tech.

USC did beat a ranked team, and Virginia Tech beat Duke. Yet here we are with USC standing still and Virginia Tech rising up.

Maybe it's time to make these ballots public every week as opposed to simply at the end of the season.

 

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