Kellen Moore on Boise State’s National Championship Chances: “One thing we quickly realize right now is that it’s out of our control.”November 2, 2011 – 8:15 am by Eric Schmoldt
Despite not playing this past weekend, the Boise State Broncos slipped in the Bowl Championship Series standings. The Broncos are off to a 7-0 start, and have made it look relatively easy in the process. As Georgia, who Boise State beat in the season opener, continues to win, it’s been assumed that the Broncos would look even more favorable in the eyes of both human voters and in the computers calculations.
For what seems like the umpteenth year in a row, here we ere we are talking about the Broncos and where they fit in the national championship picture. They went undefeated with Kellen Moore — then a sophomore — at quarterback two years ago and didn’t get a chance to play for the national championship. Now, the toughest challenge standing in the way appears to be TCU, but Boise State looks like it’ll need some help if things are going to be different this time around.
Kellen Moore joined 950 KJR in Seattle with Mitch Levy to discuss the disappointment of falling behind Stanford in the BCS despite not even playing, how important it is to him to play for a national championship after the career he’s had at Boise State, how disappointed he’d be in a couple years if he has to think back about never getting that opportunity, how this Boise State team stacks up to the others he’s been a part of, and being right in the thick of things in the Heisman Trophy race.
How disappointing is it to see Stanford leaping over you guys in the BCS?:
“Really, I don’t think we concern ourselves too much with it. I don’t watch that show or really pay attention to it. Last year is a great example of ours. There was probably a lot of debate whether we should’ve had an opportunity and we lose a game late in the year and it doesn’t really matter at that point. I think once the season comes to an end, we’ll see where we stand and see what opportunities we have.”
How important is it to you that you get a chance to play for a national championship?:
“Anyone playing college football, who doesn’t want to play for a national championship and have those opportunities? That’s something certainly all of us have aspirations to do. I think one thing we quickly realize right now is that it’s out of our control, essentially. We can win all our games and do whatever we’ve got to do and that thing comes from different people. Our goal is simply conference championship and win the bowl game.”
If you guys go undefeated this year but don’t make the championship game, how disappointing will that be, particularly when you look back on it a couple years from now?:
“I think certainly we’d love the opportunity. Who doesn’t? I think we’ve been very fortunate to have a lot of success. … [In 2009] maybe we had an opportunity. We finished undefeated and that’s left for other people to discuss because obviously that’s the system that we play in. Down the road, looking back, you’d love an opportunity to go challenge yourself against the best of the best, week-in and week-out, and see who comes out on top.”
Have all these successful Boise State teams you’ve been a part of been similar or does one stand out amongst the rest?:
“I think we’ve kind of had the last few years, have a lot of the same guys. Our class, the class we have right now, and the previous class which just got done playing last year, it kind of felt like we’d been playing for a while. … A lot of us were playing that freshman, sophomore year. … We lost all those guys this year but we’ve got some talented guys now. Because of all of the success we’ve had a lot of opportunities to bring in some big-time players.”
Would this team be the best of the group?:
“Yeah, I think it’s got potential. We’re only seven weeks in and we’ll have to see where we get better. We’ve got a couple challenges ahead of ourselves. We have a TCU coming in here in two weeks that we’ve had great battles with the last two years. … We certainly think we’re capable of some great things this year.”
How important is it to you to be a Heisman contender?:
“I think it’s a fun opportunity. … How many guys get an opportunity to play for four years, especially in a program like this that’s had a lot of success? I think one thing you quickly realize is all these awards, they go to guys who are on very successful teams. … If you’re on a team that’s 6-6, nobody cares about you. … It really just comes down to your team performance.”
How do you think you compare to Andrew Luck?:
“I don’t really know. That’s probably for some other people to figure that whole situation out. I think he’s as good as anyone in the country and deserves all the recognition.”