And while they'll never actually GET the No. 1 ranking -- despite finishing the season 13-0 -- they are certainly the most entertaining. And, no matter how the BCS title game ends, they were part of the best bowl game of the season.
The only lingering questions? (1) Was it the most exciting bowl game ever? (2)
(1) Most exciting bowl game ever? This year: Definitely. All time? It's hard to top last year's Texas-USC title game. But let's qualify it as the most exciting non-title-game bowl game ever.
(2) Final ranking? Even if
I'd actually rank them No. 3, behind
(3) A more exciting finish? Arguably not, though again: Last season's
*Trick hook-and-ladder play in dwindling seconds of regulation on 4th-and-18 to tie the game.
*Trick play to score game-tying TD in OT.
*And then, going for 2 (and the win) in OT... with another trick play... even after showing the formation to
That, my friends, is cojones.
*Oh, and to top it all off, the game's MVP, Ian Johnson, proposed to his girlfriend on the field -- on national TV -- immediately after the game.
Again: Case closed. This might be one of those games I have to buy on iTunes to have in my library forever.
Here's the larger point: We can argue about where Boise State ranks against the other top teams in the country this year, but the WAY Boise State won that game -- the style, the dramatics, the creative calls, the guts -- ensures that they have earned every college football fan's RESPECT.