How did the BCS avoid a potential embarrassment of having their 'big boy' BCS conference teams being thumped by a couple of non-BCS schools? They figured out a way to avoid even the possibility of such a disaster.
Boise State will play TCU in the Fiesta bowl. The BCS dream? No, not the dream of two unbeaten teams showcased in a classic bowl game, but a dream of avoiding having Boise State and TCU both walk away from their BCS bowl games with yet another win over the 'elite' BCS teams.
The Fiesta will be a rerun of last years Poinsettia Bowl, which ended with TCU beating BSU 17-16. Yes, another ratings disaster. I just can't see the east coast 'eyeballs' tuning in this game as opposed to a BSU vs. Iowa or TCU vs. Florida.
Will the Fiesta even sellout the game? Some doubt it, myself included. Boise State did travel well to Phoenix for the 2007 historic win over Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Sooners, a BCS ‘elite’ program. How many from Ft. Worth are going to make the trip to Phoenix as opposed to going to New Orleans or even Miami to face a BCS 'elite' program?
When the Fiesta is over, one non-BCS school will have won, one will have lost. Again, this is an advantage for the BCS who surely did not want two BCS teams beaten by a couple of teams from two inferior conferences. The BCS regards the WAC and MWC as simply not up to their standards.
What’s good about all this for Boise State and TCU? Money. Boise State and TCU will split that one big pot. But they would have split big pots anyway, right?
I think this is a blow to college football. TCU and Boise State both earned the right to prove themselves against the 'elite' programs and now these two great programs are going to have to settle for a game with no BCS 'elite' program participation. It’s too bad for the players of these two undefeated teams.
Shame on the BCS and shame on the Fiesta Bowl. If TCU and Boise State go undefeated again next year, which is not out of the possibility at all, will they be forced to face each other again instead of getting the chance to prove themselves against the 'elite' BCS?
Perhaps it really is the time for the playoff system. It’s time to end the BCS' control over post season bowl invites. It’s time for Congress to stop posturing and actually do something.