In the lead of today's SN column, I'm talking about how teams lose their lead. If the Yankees keep losing, it's a choke...
...But Boise State could lose their lead -- as the top non-BCS team for a BCS bowl spot -- just by sitting there, as TCU's superior schedule carries it past the Broncos.
I don't know why I have such a bug up my ass about Boise, because in previous years, I've been a champion for them. And I love the non-BCS teams crashing the BCS party.
It's just that Boise's schedule is so weak -- and I've argued before that even the win over Oregon (the only quality win they can point to) is mitigated, if mildly, by circumstances.
TCU -- a better team than Boise, which they proved in their bowl game a year ago and on the field this season -- will notch a quality conference (and that's the operative word: CONFERENCE) win at BYU, symbolic of their overall superior schedule strength, thanks entirely to that superior conference.
As soon as Boise joins a better conference -- and why the WAC and MWC (and even C-USA) don't form some sort of title game that happens the weekend of the conference championship games, I don't know -- they'll be in better shape.
Remember: Boise State was undefeated last year, too. But Utah was also unbeaten, and did it through a superior schedule. Same for TCU. (Now, if TCU loses at BYU... another story.)
*Attention, Iowa fans: You will be thrilled to know that I picked Iowa to lose at Michigan State as this week's Upset Special. (On the other hand, my Upset Specials have been pretty good this year.)
*Thank god for fantasy football, because this week's schedule in the NFL is pretty lame. That can only mean that we get freaky, unexpected results.
*Am I allowed to be sick of the Blazers' stranglehold on the "up-and-coming" meme? At some point, they're going to have to get there. But they aren't good enough to beat the Lakers or Spurs, and it remains to be seen whether that can even happen in the next 2-3 years. (Especially given that Andrew Bynum seems to be leaps and bounds better than Greg Oden.)
*I compare Evan Turner to Terrelle Pryor -- both are the preseason players of the year in the Big Ten. Both lead teams that will likely underperform expectations. Of course, Turner will have a long and productive NBA career -- not sure how Pryor's NFL career will go.
*Marcus Jordan should never have agreed to play for an adidas school if he wasn't ready to wear adidas gear.
And UCF never should have recruited Jordan if they weren't prepared to tell their shoe sponsor that their marquee player won't wear their shoes.
And the real question is why college players should be forced to wear their team's shoe brand if they don't want to.
(Actually, the other real question is why Michael Jordan doesn't tell UCF that if adidas drops them in a huff, Brand Jordan will be happy to outfit every team in the school -- at least as long as Marcus is on campus.)
Tons more in the column today. Check it out here. And if you haven't seen my analysis of Bill Simmons' career future, see the post below.