Boise State and the Myth That Is Strength of Schedule

Mike DikosContributor INovember 4, 2011

BOISE, ID - OCTOBER 01:  Cory Yriarte #74 of the Boise State Broncos prepares to snap the ball against the Nevada Wolf Pack at Bronco Stadium on October 1, 2011 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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Cream puffs. Little Sisters of the Poor. Push-overs.

These are the teams that apparently line up on the gridiron to play Boise State each week.

That is, these are the teams the people shouting strength of schedule the loudest want you to believe Boise State plays.

Here is a term that just boils me over: body of work. Many of the analysts use this phrase very freely when referring to Boise and their standings in the various polls.

They say the Broncos should schedule opponents that bring their "A" game week in and week out. I would like to see one of these experts line up toe-to-toe with a 250-pound, 6'3" linebacker from one of those non-automatic qualifying schools and call him a cream puff.

I have never heard this phrase, "body of work," used as much until Boise showed up to play.

Comments like these are a slap in the face to all the coaches and players of the programs that don’t impress the fans and analysts who support nothing but the big schools.

These smaller football programs hold practice. They watch game film. They suffer injuries. The fact is, they do everything that the powerhouse teams do.

So where does this myth called strength of schedule come from? The initial Coaches' Poll is a good place to start. It's nothing more than a popularity contest as the first poll appears before the season even starts. If a team appears in this first poll and performs adequately throughout the season, they can continue to be ranked. As of the last poll, only 16 out of the initial 25 remain ranked.

I am tired of hearing about the SEC and I'm sick of hearing about at all the ranked teams that they have to play and how their schedules are so tough!

Here’s a thought: Leave your backyard and go play down the street. Any team can look good playing so-called ranked teams that have benefited from landing in this initial poll.

The Mason-Dixon line is a boundary drawn on a piece of paper called a map. A remarkable invention called the airplane is used to travel from coast to coast in a short time. The Earth has been proven to be round so you will not fall off of its edge if you travel west of the Mississippi River.

I am not the athletic director of Boise State. I don’t know how they create their schedule. I do know that they have scheduled games against ranked opponents on the eastern half of the country. Who has the SEC played outside of their conference lately?

Teams have also lobbied to sway voters to favor them in polls because they are very important to land in a prestigious bowl game.

People constantly mention the fact that the SEC has won the last zillion national championship games. That is history. History should only be brought up when the term World War is being discussed.

FBS football is the only sport that does not have a playoff system. Why is that? Until there is a playoff system, we will not have a real national champion. The only thing that I like about the BCS is that their first poll does not come out until after the first five weeks of the season. 

So Boise State will continue to play nobody, and the AQ conferences will continue to play their real schedule. One last thought; is the computer that has ranked LSU at No. 1 the same computer that has ranked Boise at No. 4?