A field-level view of the BCS top 5 

November, 1, 2011

Kellen MooreCary Edmondson/US PresswireWhen refs get an up-close look at Boise State, they see a team that can play with the best.
Because my father was an FBS college football official most of my life, I grew up in a house where referees were celebrated as people who understand the game on a level that few ever achieve.

To any reader who has ever called a ref an idiot -- which is to say, all of you -- that may read like a bit too much hyperbole. It's not. It's the truth. Officials, the good ones anyway, watch film, study team tendencies and spend their weeks leading into big games exchanging information about upcoming teams. Who do they talk to? They talk to each other.