At the headquarters of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) they are all on their knees praying - and praying a lot.
The BCS prayer is for Oklahoma State to beat the rival Sooners in Norman, Oklahoma this weekend. Something that doesn't come easy for the Cowboys. Should Oklahoma beat Oklahoma State it would make what has been a dismal season for the Sooners at least acceptable. But with an Oklahoma win, the BCS and the Fiesta Bowl in particular could be faced with the decision they didn't want to make. The decision to invite Boise State to the Fiesta Bowl. Actually, it may not be a 'decision' at all more like a forced decision because without Oklahoma State in the mix the Fiesta (and the BCS) simply couldn't deny Boise State the bid. What's wrong with having Boise State as one of the Fiesta's invites? After all wasn't it the Broncos on January 1, 2007, who played (and beat) Oklahoma in what most believe to have been the most exciting college football in history? There is plenty wrong if you are the BCS. Don't forget that the BCS is basically a close knit group of greedy and at times arrogant members of major conferences who set themselves above the low life non-automatic qualifying schools. Why on earth would they want to share any of the really big bucks with such inferior institutions?
Surprisingly, this time around it may not be the issue of having to split the money with some lesser institution that will be the BCS's biggest concern. There biggest concern would be the fact that this year two non BCS teams would be invited to the elite BCS bowl games. What's wrong with that you say? Would it not help the argument of the BCS that their present set of rules and guidelines actually work? I can hear the BCS already saying, "See, the little non BCS schools are taken care of under our great system. We don't need a playoff!" But hold on, there still remains a great fear of the BCS. The fear of having two great teams invited to the BCS and WINNING their games! Now that's a problem.
If TCU and Boise State are invited (TCU is almost for sure) and they go to their respective bowls and take care of business by winning it would present the BCS with a problem they may not have thought about before. Would that not send a statement to the world that indeed the so called 'little guys' should be automatic qualifiers? Think about it. If TCU and BSU both win does that not send a message that would be loud and clear that the present system is clearly unfair and that a playoff type format would be the only way to deal with the issue of fairness?
The Boise State fans are praying for an Oklahoma victory against the Cowboys and the BCS is praying for Oklahoma State. Who's prayers will God answer?