My view on the bowl selection process, rankings, and the BCS system

Everyone has an opinion, and here’s mine.

Rankings and Voting

I think the rankings are absolutely pointless. There is no actual conviction with anyone’s voting methods and the rankings are so poorly done. The goal of the current ranking system is simply to rank teams based on their win and loss records. They don’t rank anyone based on how strong of a team they really are. If BSU is a good team, the 3rd best in the country, there is no way that a missed field goal as time expires says any different. I do understand that good teams win the close games, but BSU was the same team Sunday as they were Saturday. To say that if the kick was made, they would be possible playing in the national championship, and if the kick was missed, they are playing a .500 record team in Las Vegas is a joke. They need to stop rankings coming out every week. They need to dedicate a group of unbiased voters from all over the country with different backgrounds who have the time to watch every single game in the country and then at the end of the year, they evaluate who was the overall best team in the country by the end of the season. I also hate the fact that the rankings mean nothing outside of the #1 and #2 teams at the end of the year. I also think it’s an absolute joke to have the coaches voting for all the teams. I know Coach Pete and his schedule and focus, he might get to watch highlights every few weeks of teams, and other than that he is focused on his own team and who he plays next. He and all other coaches don’t have the ability to truly evaluate the strength of 120 teams around the country on a weekly basis. They simply put their votes in off of the scores they read about in the newspaper and rank according to that. Even the media voting will be biased depending on their region or team they write for. They need to have some dedicated committee from every conference, an equal amount from each region, state, conference like we do for the electoral college in government elections, but make it unbiased, and allow professionals with no monetary incentive to truly evaluate the teams.

Bowl Selection process

We need to realize that the current bowls are simply designed for 2 reasons, #1 is to have the 2 top ranked teams play for determining the national champion. and #2 is to make money. No one who is controlling these bowls cares about the quality of match ups at all. They simply want who will traditionally travel best, and who will bring the biggest TV rankings. All true college football fans and analysts want the best teams and best match ups but sadly it’s now a money game and that’s it.

BCS

I think the BCS is overhyped. They certainly don’t have the best match ups or strongest teams. They are all money and something needs to change.

What I would do

I would have a playoff system. I would make it similiar to the world cup. There are a certain finite number of conferences with the competitive college football programs grouped regionally or simply by random draw. It doesn’t matter anymore about geographic location as proven by the recent conference movement. So a random draw every year at your 8 team conference. Those 8 teams play each other once. There would be 12 conferences. The top 2 from every conference would go to a playoff. They would rank based on statistics of strength of wins and losses, national rankings of overall offense and defense, point margin of victory, and a ranking committee as well. Then those 24 teams would play down to 6 teams. The top 2 from the 24 after those 3 games would be reranked off of the same criteria of the original ranking of the top 24. Then teams 1 and 2 would get a bye week, and 3 would play 6, and 4 play 5. Then 1 plays the winner of 4 and 5, and 2 plays the winner of 3 and 6. The winners play each other for national championship while all the losers continue their traditional “non-conference games” if they’re not in the playoff. And then you have bowls just like you do now with different sponsors for the different playoff games and non-playoff bowls as well. so 7 games in conference, 3 in playoff, and 3 for final playoff, 13 game season like normal. The same bowls can take the different games and still make money and sponsors, but that way we have a way to truly establish some sort of competition with the top 24 teams that have proven to be elite by week 8. It’s obvious by week 8 now who can play and who can’t.

Just my random crazy thought. What do you all think?

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Should Coach Pete leave BSU for “greener pastures”….(hint, pun, off the blue field..hahaha)

I was part of the Coach Hawkins regime for 2 years and experienced a coach leaving a team for a “better” opportunity. The hardest part was that you were sold as a player that this coach is sold out to the program, and we need to be sold out to BSU as well. And then they announce you’re leaving and it’s a shock to you.

But should Coach Pete leave? Obviously none of us want him to leave, but should he?

Well I think most moves he could make would be sideways moves.

Money: We know that he could get more money at a different school. However, making over 1 million dollars per year in Idaho, and getting most things for free in the city of Boise anyway because of his celebrity status, I don’t think it’s worth it. When you take into account living expenses in a “bigger market” he would have to make twice as much at least to make a move based on money. He would also have to consider the state tax laws depending on where he would want to go.

Competition: There are two types of competition to consider.

1. The city: In Boise ID, Coach Pete is head coach for the best and most popular sports program in the entire state. If he goes to a “bigger market” school, for instance, UCLA. He would now be competing against USC, Lakers, Dodgers, Angels, Galaxy, Ducks, Kings, and the Clippers. He would just be another fish in the sea instead of the king of the sea in Boise.

2. The football schedule: This is one reason that in my opinion is valid for him to make a move. Going to a AQ school, in a big conference, like the SEC for instance, offers him the chance to compete against the traditional “best.” There is something to say for being the best in the Mountain West and the WAC, but lets be honest, Coach Pete is obviously competitive as every athlete is, and being the best in the SEC or PAC or Big 10/12 offers much more personal satisfaction as a coach. When you prepare weekly for Auburn, LSU, Georgie, Alabama, Florida, USC, Oregion, Stanford…etc vs. preparing for New Mexico and UNLV, there is a great personal satisfaction that every athlete is fueled from and that is competeting against the traditional best in the nation. Imagine the satisfaction of being the best of the best.

Prestige: There is something to say for being the head coach at a storied and older more traditional program. But there he would just be another great coach for an already traditionally successful program. However, staying at Boise State for another decade or more would allow him to be renown with being THE COACH who took BSU to a BCS conference, and eventually a national championship game. He could make a better legacy by sticking with Boise State and continuing to build that program.

Recruiting: A coach wants the best players. He has a great experience of recruiting diamonds in the rough like Kellen Moore and myself who often get overlooked by bigger schools. But going to a bigger school would allow him to go after the best of the best. With different athletes he could run what some would say a higher level program. Now, I think with Coach Pete’s experience of finding diamonds in the rough and underrated players, he could take that too a bigger school and also start to recruit the big name high school players more and more. I do think if he stuck with Boise State a few more years and led us to a BCS conference he would be able to do that shortly at Boise State as well.

NFL: One thing we don’t hear much about is Coach Pete going to the NFL. It is almost every athletes dream to compete at the highest level possible, which is the NFL. If that is Coach Pete’s desire, a bigger school is a necessary step I believe he needs to take.

My conclusion is he shouldn’t leave. It would be a sideways move. Taking all things into consideration, if he wants to win championships, there are only a few schools out there, and fewer who have coach openings every few years, that he could go to. Some of them are USC, LSU, Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Michigan, Oregon, Oklahoma, and maybe Miami eventually one day again. Other than that, with Boise State, he gets to win his conference almost every year, and be THE COACH to take a program from barely known and a commodity, to a national powerhouse with outstanding records and facilities.

I say stay!!!

Go Broncos

Marty Tadman

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The defensive backfield against TCU…what went wrong?

This is a tough blog to write coming off the loss, which occurred on my birthday of all days, and the first game I ever watched from the stands as opposed to the sideline or skybox, also it was the first time since I’ve ever even heard of Boise State that we lost a conference game on the Blue field…so I will try to analyze why this happened with the position I’m most familiar with…defensive backs.

Being a former safety, I watch the game still reading offenses and breaking down defenses. And I have to say, it was rough and frustrating to watch. I tried making it a point in my playing days to never make the same mistake twice…but watching the same mistake 5 times was driving me crazy. The way to properly read an offense in my opinion..is to first watch the tight end and tackle. Watch for a run/pass read, than zoom to the first 5 yards the tight end runs, and if he continues moving vertical continue backpeddling and shift your eyes to the QB really quick to watch his shoulders, eyes, and feet. If his feet are still moving quickly, shift your eyes back to your receiver and continue backpeddling. If the feet are slowing down, watch the eyes, as QB’s will look off receivers generally before their feet are set. If they continue moving back and start slowing down, wait for that front left shoulder to raise or turn to indicate he is starting the throwing motion. When their is a pump fake, the shoulders don’t usually move, (unless you’re facing a very experienced NFL intelligent QB) so until the shoulders actually dip and raise indicating a high trajectory pass…don’t stop backpeddling and certainly don’t make a break in the ball.  This is the experience and I believe mistakes BSU defensive backs made against TCU. The lack of experience on the cornerbacks were exploited. They haven’t played enough games and spent enough time in the film room to really understand that proper read progression, they still think that any forward body motion from the QB means pass, so when they see that they hone in on the QB and make a break in the direction where the WR was running. However, on a double move, the receiver breaks up field the moment they see the Defensive back’s feet stutter and stop moving backwards…and then…touchdown.

The lack of experience and depth hurt us big time. We started shifting to having a safety over the top and that still didn’t help. I’m not sure what they were reading, I’m not sure on the exact defense, but I would say that we usually run a lot of zone blitzes and therefore almost always have at least 1 safety deep. I saw that the QB was starring down the receivers big time, which means the safety should have broken toward that side of the field early to help over the top. Also, the corners kept biting on the double moves. They should have known the game situation, and they should have learned from the first few times they got beat…but unfortunatly all that comes with coaching and game experience. Because I know Coach Marcel Yates is a fantastic coach, and he was coachin them up on the sidelines and at halftime, I know the problem wasn’t the coaching. I personally would have liked to see them run a more of a “apache” type defense. This means that the corners and linebackers are supposed to trail the receiver by a few yards, and the safeties are playing over the top deep to take the long pass out of play. Now it’s not great for getting pressure on the QB, and it’s not great if you have a quick tight end or running back that gets up on a linebacker, but TCU didn’t have those things, and our guys could run with theirs. Now this also usually takes pressure away from our rush on their QB. But I thought that our D-line could have and should have gotten to the QB more often on their own. It was one of my favorite coverages to run, and seemed to be the best true pass defense. It would have guaranteed the long pass at least was contested by a safety.

What happened on the 2 point conversion?

So the most frustrating play for me was the go-ahead two point conversion that TCU scored on a quick out to their motion receiver. I called the play as the receiver was in motion, so easy to read. The corner that went in motion has to know that leverage is the most important thing of all time in that motion. He had 10 defensive players inside, and because the ball was snapped with the WR so close to the tight end still, there is really only 3 routes he can run…a fade, a back-shoulder fade, and an out. He knows that if he stays on the outside shoulder of the fade where the QB will throw the ball, he will contest the pass, he knows that if he uses the endline and sideline as extra defenders, he can really squeeze to that outside hip and eliminate the back shoulder ball. Now the out route is the easiest, you stay on that hip, or stay on the outside shoulder. The receiver caught it on the 2 yard line which was actually a mistake on their part as the receiver is supposed to get to the endzone before breaking out. Our corner had pretty good position, however something happened. He went for the pick or simply misread the ball and had bad hand placement and as the pass was thrown, the receiver slipped his reach. He had to take better leverage, and had to jab his hand straight in the gut of the receiver to knock the ball away instead of swiping at it with a more risky angle, and he had to simply make a tackle and we would have stopped that play. So ultimately again, it’s experience, it’s the mental intelligence and preparation that takes years of studying and experience on the field to develop. He should have known before the ball was snapped…”3 routes, squeeze his hip, get proper leverage, knock the ball down while shooting his gut, if late, attack upfield hip and wrap up arms to eliminate a score.”

All in all, it was injuries and lack of experience…experience in football comes from making mistakes, and vowing to store those exact plays in your mental vault that will never be let out again…they will forever be eliminated the next time that route or situation happens…a good DB stores and builds that vault from film study and practice…and TCU can be a learning experience to build that “vault” for our DB’s for the rest of their careers…so let’s hope they learn, and vow to never give up those same plays in those same situations again.

Still love my DB’s, just an off day…doesn’t happen too often…still love our Broncos and believe in their ability to make big plays!

GO BRONCOS!!!

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Could Boise compete in the BCS conferences?


My initial answer is yes. Yes they could compete right now. There are several concerns I have with how they might do throughout a season. At the same time, there are several factors I don’t think anyone ever considers. First, the very thought is pure speculation as it has never been proven so how could we ever know until it happens. However, every bit of evidence from the past shows that Boise State would be very competitive in a big conference. We have consistently beaten big schools and have continued to win almost all the games we should win anyway.

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