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"You're always fighting that top level, and you might still be neck-and-neck on a kid, but they always have the but. But you're not in the Pac-10. But you're not in the Big 12," Boylen said. "It's used against you when you're not in one of those leagues. But now that we're looking eye-to-eye with people, I think we'll come out pretty good.
"There's just a vibe through the town. This is something that people have hoped for because this is a school that's been trying to bust the BCS, and fans have been trying to fight the BCS. But that's all gone now."