The debate in advance of most college football games operates at a micro level. Does Oregon have a quarterback without Jeremiah Masoli around? (72 points against New Mexico suggests, well, yes.) Will North Carolina have 11 eligible players left to line up on defense? (Barely.) Can Rich Rodriguez coach his way out of a paper bag? (It helps to have Denard Robinson.) But Monday's showdown between No. 3 Boise State and No. 10 Virginia Tech is shaping up as less a football game than a battle for the soul of college football.

Which side are you on? Here's a sampling of the debate raging in SportsNation.

Karl (Seattle)

I live in Seattle but bleed Orange & Maroon - what do you expect to see Monday between Va Tech and Boise State? What does Tech need to do to win that game?

Ivan Maisel
Ivan Maiisel

Thanks, Karl. I think the Hokies need to do what they should do best. Take those running backs and go right at Boise State. They also need to move the chains and keep Kellen Moore off the field. Running backs are good at that, too. Full transcript

Bob (Twin Falls (ID))

Will Kellen Moore ever be an NFL QB? Any other NFL prospects on this years BSU team?

Mel Kiper
Mel Kiper

Great college QB. He is great with preparation. Very rarely makes a bad decision. You're talking about a guy with 39 TDs and 3 INTs. That's unbelievable. What he worked on this offseason was the deep ball. Titus Young is a speed merchant at WR. They want to get the ball to him. Moore is only about 5-11, 185, 190 pounds. That's the issue, size. That's going to majorly work against him. Their best pro prospect is Nate Potter, a junior. He has a chance to be a first round pick. Young is their next prospect. Jeron Johnson. Pettis. Ryan Winterswyk. Full transcript

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