Last night, Boise State beat Louisiana Tech, 49-20.
At one point during the highlights on the 11 p.m. SportsCenter, one of the talking heads reminded the audience that Kirk Herbstreit had said during pregame analysis of this contest that Boise State needed to “win with style.” In College Football Speak, this means “blow them out.” This reminder came after a highlight of the kickoff return fumble that gave Louisiana Tech an opportunity to cut the score to 28-20 in the third quarter.
The Broncos beat a team by 29 points and are criticized for not winning by more. However, had they “won with style” and defeated Louisiana Tech by, say, a margin of 70-0, it also would’ve been used against them to illustrate the weakness of their schedule in defense of keeping them out of the BCS.
Even in a four-touchdown victory, Boise State can’t win.