For those of us who have painfully waited since January - temporarily diverted by Signing Day and Spring Practice - the 2010 College Football season will heat up almost immediately, especially on Saturday, September 11.
On that particular day alone, in just the second weekend of the season, we will be treated to a glut of marquee inter-conference match-ups.
South Florida at Florida, Florida State at Oklahoma, Miami at Ohio State and Penn State at Alabama headline a day that will surely help define the national championship race.
However, there might be one game that takes place the week before that may have even more impact than Sept. 11.
#5 Boise State vs. #6 Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 (Labor Day) at FedEx Field (home of the Washington Redskins).
Oh sure, the Broncos and Hokies are both ranked in the top 6, but that's not the only reason why this is the FIRST pivotal game of 2010.
A Boise State win means they are squarely in the thick of the national title hunt, but also may give haters of the BCS a huge identity crisis.
Typically, those railing against the BCS are doing so in support of the Boise States (TCU, Utah, etc.) of the world.
However, it'll be interesting to see what those same people say if Boise State beats VT and runs the table the rest of the way against a schedule that is just a cut above high school standards.
Assuming Boise State wins on Labor Day, they will be favored by double digits in almost every remaining game on their slate (but then again,so would about 20 other BCS teams if they had this schedule in front of them):
at New Mexico State
at San Jose State
My question to you is this: Should two one-loss BCS schools (i.e.: Alabama, Ohio State, Florida, Texas, etc.) leap frog an undefeated Boise State for a berth in the BCS title game?