Hello kids. In my first official post here at Dawg Sports, I wanted to bring you the next in line of a series I created at my previous home. I call it "Letters to Boise State" and it's just me, writing to my pen pal, covered in orange and blue, in the land of potatoes.
Dear Boise State (henceforth known as "BS"),
Hi. I hope you got my first letter. You know, it was the one where I basically said you were a football STD. I hope you didn't take offense, but if you did, then please know, I meant it and we believe in the South that honest is the best policy.
I was a little concerned when you didn't write back. I thought maybe you were practicing and didn't have time, but then I remembered that you had three less practice sessions this year, so maybe you just forgot. No worries. It's water under the bridge now. Let's just pick up where I left off.
Now, I can handle a lot of things, but one thing I can't fathom is how in the world you ranked Georgia Tech ahead of Georgia in your OBNUG poll. Now, I know there's some bias in there, but with the incredibly weak schedule you normally play (Phil Steele got drunk this year and said you guys had a slightly harder schedule than UGA), wouldn't you want to bring the Dawgs up some, just for argument's sake? Come on guys, you can't even fight the good fight for yourself. Looks like you're going to have to really hang 85 on Toledo if you're going to get ANY respect this year.
I don't want to overstep my bounds here, but I'm worried you're thinking you got this game in the bag. At least, that's what some of your fans seem to be thinking. Granted, you totally beat Virginia Tech last year, who was the eventual ACC Champion. Which, in my mind, makes Nevada the ACC Champion. You remember Nevada right? Todd Grantham does.
But hey, we can't take anything away from you and your accomplishments. Look how many games you've won and how many points you've scored. No one can keep you out of the National Title if you go and run the table. Well, I mean I guess the BCS could do it since they've done it once before. You remember, that's the time our little friend "strength of schedule" came sniffing around again.
But hey, on September 3rd, you're wearing white! You're the belle of the ball. All Cinderella and stuff. That's exciting, right? You've even got your own chariot driving around in circles waiting to whisk you away after the game. Let's just hope there are a lot of left turns to get back home, because I'm told that steering wheel doesn't work too well to the right.
All kidding aside, I want to be friendly to you BS, but I'm having such a hard time doing it. It's this weird area where I know you're good, but I just can't prove it to myself. I know you win a lot of games and you win one big game a year. That's great for you, but to me, it doesn't make a champion. There's a chance you'll beat us. According to a lot of oddsmakers, there's a better-than-good chance you'll beat us. But let me be clear when I say that if you beat us, it doesn't mean you're still deserving of a National Title appearance. Beat us and TCU and maybe you're onto something, but even then, I still can't get past Toledo, Tulsa, Air Force, San Diego State and the other teams you have to hang 50+ on just to get the country to notice and ESPN to play your highlights.
You agree to play on Friday because honestly, ESPN won't show your Saturday games unless it's a matchup against a team like us. No one cares that you're playing Wyoming. No one outside of Idaho and Wyoming, that is. TRUST ME ON THIS ONE.
I don't want to do it, but let's hypothetically say we lose to you. Do you know how much respect we lose? Whether it's by three points or 45, we lose so much dignity that we can't even look ourselves in the mirror afterwards. A loss to you is like waking up the next morning and realizing that the girl you met is coyote ugly. We don't get that after a loss to some of our SEC brethren. We get it after losing to UCF or Colorado. Do you see where I'm going with this?
So BS, please write me back. I'm needing to feel better about your inadequacy. I want you to tell me that you're a top ten team because you are a team packed with explosions, not finga gunz. Please write me back. It's hot here in the South, but it's your cold shoulder to my facts that are really killing me.
Until next time kids.