During the BCS-era, it was difficult to look at the Boise State Broncos football team without comparing their victory over another team’s common opponent.
You would sit back and watch another impressive Boise State Football victory, but at times those victories weren’t satisfactory enough due to the fact that another team in the BCS race had beaten that same team by 14 more points.
Or some team had a garbage touchdown towards the end of the game that would leave fans frustrated and worried about what it could mean for their ranking.
It was exhausting and the only people who really got caught up in all that madness were not the coaches or the players. It was the fans.
Fast forward to today. There’s no BCS-era, replaced by the College Football Playoff. Different in it’s own ways, but it allows a guaranteed spot for ‘the little guy’ at the table.
Yet the BCS-era mindset still looms in many fans of Group of 5 teams across the country, including Boise State fans.
UCF is coming off of an impressive victory against a common opponent with the Broncos, the UConn Huskies. UCF defeated the Huskies, 56-17 to open their season.
The battle for the Group of 5 conversation includes just Boise State and UCF for now. It’s easy to get caught up in the numbers put up on the scoreboard, how well your team beat the same opponent, but don’t get lost in it.
Theodore Roosevelt famously stated that “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
When the Broncos take the field against UConn this Saturday, sit back and relax if you are at home, or stand up and cheer if you are at the game, but don’t let the joy of another possible Bronco victory be stolen from you.
Things pan out just the way they are meant to be, and in Boise State’s history it’s panned out for them nicely.