As Boise buckles, Auburn shows its mettle 

November, 27, 2010

Sitting with a buddy in a near-empty bar in Birmingham on Saturday morning at around 1 a.m. CST, I kept thinking how a lot of folks in SEC and Big Ten country must feel really vindicated. One of the great dramas of the 2010 season had just wrapped up after a riveting final two hours. The case of Boise State, after so much hand-wringing and spirited debate, could finally be put to bed.

Since the middle of September, the storyline with Boise State that had seemed so different than it was for virtually everyone else in the BCS title discussion -- not whether they won or lost, but by how much they won -- played a big part in their undoing Friday night in Reno.