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Sparty was not happy about being snubbed by the BCS in favor of their arch rival Michigan
Although many of the BCS games this year were quite entertaining, with the exception of the Orange Bowl, were the right teams really playing in the five games this past season?
I hate to say this, but the BCS is turning into "American Idol,' a popularity contest. Why do I say this? Well, because it seems that the BCS is more interested in selecting teams with a large following than actually selecting teams that most deserve a BCS bid.
I understand that bowl sponsors want to make money, and that's fine. But you can't go as far as to select the teams with the greatest following to make that money, you have to select the teams that deserve to be on the field.
Prime examples of teams that were left out of the BCS this year: Boise State (11-1), Kansas State (10-2), Arkansas (10-2), Michigan State (10-3) and South Carolina (10-2).
Are any of these teams brand names? Not really. That seems to be the issue here.
Look at Virginia Tech. The Hokies didn't defeat a ranked team in the final BCS standings, They got destroyed twice by Clemson. Not to mention that one of those times was in the ACC Championship Game, where they lost 38-10 the night before the bowl selections were announced.
West Virginia destroyed Clemson, but they play in a conference that doesn't even deserve an automatic bid to the BCS. The Big East is so bad, I don't even know if you belong in a BCS game if you lose a game in the Big East.
I understand the Mountaineers received an automatic bid. My point is, the BCS needs to remove the automatic bid from a conference with such low-caliber competition.
Oklahoma State was obviously in the BCS, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding the prospect of them facing LSU in the BCS National Championship Game. Alabama didn't even win the SEC, and still made it to the title game.
Michigan had a tremendous year under first-year head coach Brady Hoke, but the Wolverines were chosen over a Michigan State team that had beaten them earlier in the season and had the same number of wins.
I'm telling you, the BCS is out to pick teams that have a huge fan base, not who deserve it more.