If the Boise State Broncos football program wants to be taken seriously, then they need to leave the Mountain West Conference and join the Big 12. It would be a win-win situation for the Big 12 and Boise State. The Big 12 Conference would gain another high caliber program, and Boise State would have a fighting chance of contending for a playoff spot. The Boise State football program is one of college football most successful ball clubs that does not play in the power five conferences.
They have been a thorn in the side for a lot of big name programs such as Oklahoma, Georgia and Virginia Tech. Depending on which division the Broncos would play in, newly formed rivalries such as Boise State VS Oklahoma, or Boise State VS TCU or Baylor would be great for college football. Also, do not forget about a possible rivalry against Texas, if they can ever get their acts together.
History has shown us that the Broncos are capable of going toe to toe with the upper echelon programs in the country. Remember what happened back on New Years Day in 2007? The Broncos shocked the world with the infamous “Statue of Liberty” play against the Oklahoma Sooners in the Fiesta Bowl. What about the night when they shocked the world once again, and they pulled off the upset against the Virginia Tech Hokies back in 2010.
Those are some of the many reasons why Boise State should move over to the Big 12 Conference. The year that they defeated Virginia Tech in the season opener, Boise State was being mentioned with some of the best programs in the country in regards to contending for a National Title. However, the Broncos would lose in a thriller to the Nevada Wolf Pack 34-31.
If the Broncos were in a power five conference, that loss would not have affected them in regards to playing in an at-large bowl. The only way that they can put a stop to this is to join the Big 12 Conference. Both establishments need each other. One of the main reasons why the Big 12 did not have a representative in the college football playoffs is because, they did not have a conference championship game. The committee was also not impressed with the quality of opponents that the powerhouses in the conference faced.
With the addition of Boise State, it would most likely guarantee the return of a conference championship game on a neutral site for the Big 12. As of right now, there are only ten teams in the Big 12. They brought in West Virginia who I believe is a very odd team playing in a conference that is mostly made up of programs in the Midwest. If geographical integrity is no longer an issue, then they need to make an invitation to Boise State.
Being a member of the Mountain West Conference is not going to cut it for the Broncos. Their most recent victory came against the Virginia Cavaliers 56-14 on a cross-country trip to Charlottesville. However, the Broncos will once again find themselves up against traditional favorites such as Florida State or LSU when it comes to playing a premier bowl game this season.
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