The Boise State Nightmare
How Scholarship Curbs, Cable TV and Lots of Lobbying Have Given an Upstart a Title Shot

And then there’s the issue of merit. Although Boise’s non-conference schedule includes two top-25 teams—No. 10 Virginia Tech and No. 24 Oregon State—none of its other 10 opponents is ranked higher than 46th in the average computer rankings from last season. Florida, by contrast, will play eight teams ranked higher than that.

How can anyone properly tell how good the Broncos are with so little data? How is it fair to rank Boise ahead of Florida, even if the Gators lose a game, since Florida has so many more-defensible opportunities to lose?

WSJ.com
8/26/10