BOISE STATE FOOTBALL
Move to Big East full steam ahead
In todays ever-shifting andimpatient society, there is one decision that should be made. Among all the talk of why Boise State should stay in the Mountain West and bolt right back away from the Big East, I believe that the Big East is the best move.
One of the main reasons why the Big East is the best fit is for recruiting. Boise State gets to play teams in California, Texas, Pennsylvania and Tennessee, all of which are rich in football tradition and skill.
For the upcoming season, the Big East will still be on its current contract with ESPN, which means back to national coverage for the Broncos. No more playing on the old Versus channel and BSU can actually play on a channel everyone has without paying an arm and a leg.
From a national coverage and national recruiting perspective, the Big East is a no-brainer to stay. We get to play new teams, form new rivalries and not have to be constantly made fun of when we say we played Colorado State or New Mexico.
I fully support Kustra and his stand.
JEFF BARKER, Eagle
Hey media, back awayfrom the hype machine
More Boise State/BCS-buster hype began again Sunday (Nov. 25) with the news that seven teams ahead of BSU in the BCS poll all lost the day before.
Instead of waiting 24 hours for the latest BCS polls, the local media hype machine immediately went into full throttle ... again. Chadd Cripe replaced Brian Murphy with the latest hyped story, with the headline: Surprise BSU back in the game.
Did these sports hypesters really think BSU would pass seven teams to be near No. 16 and no teams behind BSU would jump them with BSU not playing?
Did they think a two-loss BSU team could end up in a BCS game when a one-loss non-AQ team never has? Did they think the winner of a one-loss Kent State playing a one-loss Northern Illinois team in the MAC championship game wouldnt pass BSU?
Uh oh, the BCS poll just came out and BSU moved all the way up from 22 to ... 20.
I said it before, just be happy to go the Vegas Bowl and hype that.
MARTY KOPELOWITZ, Meridian
Flawed computers arehurting BSUs chances
Seven BCS football teams ranked immediately above BSU lost last week, yet BSU moved up only two spots to 20th while being ranked 15th/17th in the Coaches/Harris polls?
If you compare the BCS rankings of the top 20 teams, you will find all are ranked the same or higher in these polls with exception of two teams that are one spot lower, while BSU ends up four rankings lower?
There is a glaring discrepancy for BSU to be ranked 30th for zero points by computers, compared to 15th by the coaches. Weak schedule while playing ranked Michigan State, BYU, Fresno, San Diego State and Nevada?
Kent State is ranked 17th in the BCS rankings but 19th by coaches? Kent State lost to unranked Kentucky by a very wide margin while BSUs losses were narrow ones and BSU has one of the best-ranked defenses in the nation. No. 1 Notre Dame also beat BYU by a low margin similar to BSUs victory.
In effect, these computer programs do a very poor job of evaluating strength of schedules. The BCS system will never be fair as long as these heavily biased and flawed computer programs are included.
DONALD MORIS, Boise