The BCS rankings are always good for some debates. Why should one team be ranked above another? Our round table panel takes a look at two undefeated teams and debate which should be ranked higher. Our two options for this conversation are Clemson and Boise State.
Clemson or Boise State. Who should be ranked higher and why?
Kevin, National College Football Examiner: If you look at the numbers for these two teams you may have a hard time telling the difference between the two. Their passing offense, rushing offense and scoring offense are fairly close (Boise State has slightly better numbers in all three categories). While Boise State has a clearly better defense then Clemson, the Tigers have wins against two teams in the BCS Top 25 and have already taken down the two ACC preseason favorites (Virginia Tech, Florida State).
I would take Kellen Moore over Tajh Boyd to lead my team if I had to choose between the two, but I think Clemson has a better overall frame of work at this point in the season. That said, I think Boise State has the better chance to finish the season undefeated and finish higher in the rankings.
Gerald Nicdao, San Diego Sports Examiner: Boise State. And I’ll make this argument a simple one. The Broncos have played four of their seven games on the road, including two trips out East. Clemson has played just two road games, none of them west of the Mississippi and played teams like Wofford and Troy at home.
And I think if the two teams played today, on a neutral field, Boise State would get the win. It has a slightly better defense and Kellen Moore can match Tahj Boyd on any day of the week.
Max Price, Oregon Ducks Examiner: Clemson! Clemson! I cannot fathom why Boise State is ranked higher, both among my peers and among the major polls. Clemson has wins over #21 Auburn, #11 Florida State, and #11 Virginia Tech. Their schedule is challenging and they’ve stepped up big time. Boise State, on the other hand, has a “marquee win” against Georgia. Other than that, who have they played? And who will they play? Their combined opponents’ record will probably be one of the worst among top 25 teams when the season ends. It makes no sense to me that Clemson is ranked lower than Boise State. No sense.
Rich Kurtzman, Colorado State Rams Examiner: Clemson has already beaten three ranked teams (Auburn, Florida State, Virginia Tech) while Boise State has only beaten one (Georgia). Also, Clemson is 8-0 while Boise State has only played seven games to this point. Due to their schedules, Clemson should be ranked higher.
Sean Jackson, Ohio State Buckeyes Examiner: Boise State is the better team because they have one thing Clemson doesn’t have, a good defense. While Clemson has played the tougher schedule of the two, Boise passes the eyeball test. If the two met on the field, I would take the Broncos.
Shawn Lealos, Oklahoma Sooners Examiner: Clemson should be ranked higher. The reason is simple: Clemson is in a BCS conference. Clemson beat Auburn, whose two losses are to undefeated Clemson and undefeated LSU [Editor’s note: Auburn has three losses, including a loss to Arkansas]. The best win for Boise State is over Georgia, who is also a BCS Top 25 team, but their loss to South Carolina ranks a bit lower than a loss to LSU. Based on those being the only two quality wins for either team (unless you still consider Florida State a quality win), that gives the edge to Clemson.
Troy Hyde, Iowa Hawkeyes Examiner: I think Clemson being ranked higher makes sense because the computers obviously feel like they have beaten better teams and have been more impressive. Not many teams go to Virginia Tech and win and that is what Clemson did this year. That is the same win that Boise State was using last year I believe. Clemson should be ranked higher right now but that may change depending on what happens the rest of the way.
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