How Well Would Boise State Do in The SEC, Big 12, Big Ten Or Pac-10? | News, Scores, Highlights, Stats, and Rumors | Bleacher Report

    Once upon a time little David went out and defeated the great Goliath. Even though this epic battle was a long, long time ago, one burning question remains: Could David kill Goliath if he had to fight him every weekend?

    over the past several years, boise state (david in this case) has beaten oklahoma, oregon twice (both schools are goliaths), and mid-sized tcu goliaths.

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    BSU has a four-year record of 49-4, including two bowl party wins, and has appeared in bowl games during Chris Petersen’s four-year tenure as Bronco head coach.

    in petersen’s four years as head coach, he has twice won the paul “bear” bryant award for coach of the year.

    boise state critics love to suggest that bsu would never have gone to bowling if they played in a major bcs conference so i thought it would be interesting to see how fair bsu would be if they were members of the sec , grand 12, pac-10, or the grand ten.

    Before I continue, let me qualify myself. i am a lifelong fan of the university of washington. I don’t have a dog on this hunt.

    In the interest of fairness, I’ve made a couple of assumptions that I think should be noted before I break down the Broncos’ chances at each of the big four BCS conferences.

    one, because we are placing them at each of these bcs conferences, we have to assume that bsu would be at a much higher level when it comes to recruiting.

    Instead of Boise State’s current five-year recruiting average of 2.3 stars per recruit, they would be somewhere in the area of ​​2.8 (iowa) to 3.0 (oregon) stars per recruit.

    Secondly, bsu would enjoy the new non-conference standard schedule that most “elite” bcs programs have adopted. or, in other words, at least two or three teams of cream puffs for those “guaranteed wins.”

    Third, I will assume that each team in these conferences would have the same coaching staff and would play at a consistent level with performances from the last three years.

    lastly, the trip would be “on par” with the other members of these conferences.

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    Let’s tackle the big elephant in the room first: the second one. (Note: I’m calling the sec the big elephant in the room because clearly his fans are the ones expressing BSU’s lack of schedule the most.)

    I will boldly suggest that if bsu played each florida and alabama three years in a row, they would win one of the three.

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    the other sec members wouldn’t do as well against bsu. Georgia, Auburn and Tennessee and LSU would be 1-2 against Boise State. the rest of the conference would be 0-3.

    If you do the math, that would put the Broncos as the third best team in the second. depending on what years they would beat florida and/or alabama, bsu could have a record that would put them in the sec championship game at least every three years.

    Boise State would clearly be eligible to bowl every year as a member of the SEC, regardless of what conference division they belong to.

    12 grand

    The Big 12 present another interesting scenario.

    if the state of boise were in the big 12 north, it would clearly be much better than if it were in the southern divide.

    bsu would win one of three games against texas and oklahoma and would win two of three games against oklahoma state and nebraska.

    the rest of the Big 12 would be 0-3 against Boise State.

    if bsu were in the north division, they would play for the big 12 championship two out of three years. in the southern division they would win division one in three years.

    again, boise state would be eligible to bowl every year as a member of the big 12.


    Because the pac-10 currently doesn’t have two divisions, I think bsu would have an advantage in winning the pac-10 championships.

    bsu would be 1-2 in three years against usc.

    against oregon and stanford, the broncos would average two wins every three years. in the rest of the pac ten boise state it would be even better with three wins and zero losses.

    In an average of three years, bsu would be the second best team in the pac-10 and, in fact, would win the conference title once every three years.

    once again, the state of boise would be eligible to bowl every year as a member of the pac-10.

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    big ten

    As members of the Big Ten, BSU would beat Ohio State and Penn State once if they played them three years in a row.

    against iowa and wisconsin, boise state would be 2-1 three years from now.

    the rest of the big ten would lose to bsu all three years.

    As members of the Big Ten, Boise State would be the second or third best team (depending on the year) each of the three years and would win the Big Ten one out of every three years.

    once again bsu would be eligible to bowl each year as a member of the big ten.


    let’s understand a couple of things.

    first, bsu would not have the same type of win-loss records as a member of any of these bcs conferences that they enjoy today. that’s a fact.

    however, boise state would be much better off at these bcs conferences than most critics would think. An obvious example would be how well the Broncos would do at home against these top BCs teams.

    Having come from a much more traditional program (Washington University Huskies), I must admit it took me a long time to understand what Boise State football was all about.

    I’m not a fan of blue grass, first of all.

    The idea that this school could achieve the success they have enjoyed in recent years did not win me over for a long time either.

    Today, I am among a growing number of fans who believe that Boise State deserves to be considered one of the best football programs in this nation.

    In fact, I no longer consider them the “david” of the college football world…they have joined the ranks of the goliath

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