BYU vs. Boise State: The Championship Game That Would Change the NCAA
Well week two of the college football season is underway and going into it we have two non-BCS schools in the AP Top 15. BYU and Boise State two of the biggest schools that don't belong to a power conference beat Top 25 schools on their way to jumping up in the rankings.
Both schools look like they are for real and both have somewhat easy schedules and look like they are locks to be in a BCS game.
But if some miraculous feat is pulled off and the stars align we could have a National Title game that would finally change the nature of college football and revolutionize the way the conferences are perceived and how the voting works.
While I know it is too early to talk about how the table will be ran, and BYU does have to go undefeated in the Mountain West Conference which is no walk in the park, but the only way to change the system is to prove that the non-BCS conferences can produce the two best teams in the nation.
First off it would make both schools football powers and would make them a brand, synonymous with college football, and in the NCAA perception is half of the equation to success. Ask schools like Michigan and Notre Dame, who despite having subpar season still have some of the top recruiting classes in the nation.
Secondly it would get the BCS conferences on board for a playoff. And I don't think that is the best system as I love the way it is now even if it isn't perfect. But the world will not rest until a playoff system is in college football is in place.
The big schools would realize that their schools have less of a chance to win the championship without a playoff if none of their own were in the game and the power schools were sitting on the sidelines away from the sidelines.
Also it would boost the prestige of smaller conferences. With satellite television and 24-hour coverage of all sports on the internet, the smaller schools have much more of an outlet and have a bigger following, but are still considered weaker and should be. The level of play in these conferences is getting better, but they need better recruits and exposure during bowl season helps.
The smaller conferences have definitely showed that they have teams that could hang in the big conferences and can even beat them. BYU and Boise State are two of the biggest party crashers but schools like TCU and Utah have also proved they can produce Top 25 teams year in and year out.
Well both teams being in the national title game is unlikely but a matchup between the two would probably be one of the most entertaining games of the year and would dmeand a major audience and media coverage.
If both these schools are the only undefeated schools in the NCAA at the end of the year they should be playing in the Title game no matter what. If a school is ranked in the Top 15 in the preseason poll and ends up being the only undefeated team they should be playing for the title no matter how hard their conference is.
Although BYU and Boise State have something special this year, only time will tell if these two teams will change the face of college football or not. But this year will have one hell of an ending no matter how it ends.
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