Originally Posted by wolfboy
I'll preface this by saying that these are numbers I compiled from different sources on the interwebs, so judge accordingly:
As you said, it's all about the wins, and West Virginia just can't compete with Boise here. Boise had the best winning percentage (.868) and more wins (112) than any program in college football last decade. Clear advantage here to Boise State. While there's an argument to be made that Boise faced inferior competition during that period, it's not exactly like West Virginia was racking up wins in the SEC either.
Boise has 2 BCS bowl wins to West Virginia's 3. While West Virginia has 1 more, it's impressive that Boise has two without the benefit of an AQ. Still, advantage to West Virginia.
From the 2000-2010 seasons, West Virginia had a 5-5 bowl record, while Boise had a record of 6-4. Slight advantage to Boise State.
Per ESPN, there are 15 current NFL players from Boise and 13 from West Virginia. Slight advantage to Boise State.
From 2000-2010 each program had the same number of All Americans. This is a wash.
Looks to me to be pretty evenly matched, if not a slight advantage to Boise.
No one claims the Big East is a good football conference, but it is not even close to compare Boise State's schedule to WVU's. Per www.teamrankings.com
, over the last 9 years, WVU's average SOS is 29, while Boise's is 56. Boise's SOS was over 60 during 4 of those years, and WVU's was never above 41.
Boise's quality wins over that period: UGA, VT, Oklahoma, Oregon (2)
WVU's: UGA, Oklahoma, Auburn, GT, Clemson
The quality of wins are pretty comparable.
WVU holds the edge with 3 BCS wins compared to 2, as noted.
I have trouble giving the overall bowl edge to Boise when 3 of their bowl wins are the Las Vegas Bowl (twice), and the Fort Worth bowl. There is a difference between playing in the Las Vegas Bowl and the Gator Bowl.
Admittedly, the Stewart years are a black eye for WVU football. Boise had more quality wins that I originally remembered, but I have a hard time calling Boise more successful over the last ten years than WVU. It will be interesting to see how things go for them in the Big East.