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Wed., Jan. 3, 2007, 1:53 p.m.

Boise State still the talk of the college football nation


Because Monday night's Fiesta Bowl finished so late in the East, the bigger newspapers from the earlier time zones are just catching up to what happened.

There's a lot of good stories out there, including this Pat Forde column on ESPN (I know, it's not one of the Eastern newspapers, but I wanted to include it), a column from Mike Lopresti of USA Today and this piece from Christine Brennan of the same paper.

Rarely do I see eye-to-eye with Brennan. But her column today echoes my feelings nearly perfectly.

I'll give you a sneak preview, in the form of a paragraph from late in the column:

"Once again, this points out how silly it is for this group known as the Bowl Championship Series to try to tell us it can give us a true national title game. It can't, not without some degree of doubt. So the coaches' association should take one simple step and not require the coaches who vote in the poll run by this newspaper to vote for the winner of next Monday's game as national champion. The coaches should be allowed to vote for Boise State — or anyone else — if they'd like."

Read it, it's worth it.


Jim Meehan had a note on his blog about two players committing to Idaho. New coach Robb Akey is bringing a new enthusiasm to Moscow, and it may just pay off with recruits.

UPDATE: Jim also has a not on his blog about Akey hiring more assistants, including former Northern Arizona head coach Steve Axman.

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