Hey, Gary Patterson: Boise St. or Oregon St.?

September, 24, 2010
9/24/10
10:07
AM CT
It's another big weekend for the the nation's top dogs among the non-automatic qualifiers. No. 4 TCU (3-0) takes on upstart SMU (2-1) at their place Friday night on ESPN.

No. 3 Boise State (2-0) faces its toughest test on the schedule as No. 24 Oregon State (1-1), 30-21 losers to TCU in the season opener, visits the Broncos' blue turf Saturday night on ABC.

So, Gary Patterson, who are you pulling for?

After a long pause, Patterson said, "Oh, I think I'll just wait and see who wins."

It's a tough question. If TCU wins and Boise loses, obviously the Frogs will leap the Broncos in the polls, moving up to No. 3 (or possibly higher if, say, No. 10 Arkansas can topple No. 1 Alabama).

But, Patterson always reminds that Boise's performance this season in the WAC will carry over into the calculation the BCS uses to determine if the Mountain West Conference will ultimately qualify in two years for automatic-qualifier status. So, a big Boise win could be useful in the long run.

Of course, there's always the possibility as well that No. 5 Oregon, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 7 Texas and/or No. 8 Oklahoma eventually jump both TCU and Boise because of strength of schedule as long as those teams remain unbeaten.

So who do you take: Boise State or Oregon State?

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