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BCS Bowls: Right Teams, Wrong Match-ups

SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 23:  Quarterback Andy Dalton #14 of  TCU runs with the ball against the tackle of Safety Jeron Johnson #23 of Boise State during the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl at Qualcomm Stadium on December 23, 2008 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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David HedlindAnalyst IIDecember 7, 2009

 

As the BCS bowls were announced I believe all the right teams got in, but I disagree with the matchups.

I like that both undefeated TCU and Boise State were selected, but they shouldn’t be playing each other.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to this game. I think last year's Poinsettia Bowl was good. I think these two will put on a good game this year too.

But what will it prove?

We have seen Utah beat the Big East champion and the SEC runner-up. Boise State beat the Big XII champion and the one loss by a non-BCS conference team was a blowout by Georgia over Hawaii.

TCU playing Boise State may be entertaining, but it does nothing for the schools or the conferences they come from. Both proved they can play top competition this season. Boise State beat the eventual Pac 10 champion. TCU beat the ACC runner-up.

Now on a big national stage we could have seen these two play any number of teams from a Big 10 or SEC runner-up to the Big East or ACC champion. No, instead they will play each other.

The cartel that is the BCS wouldn’t want to risk one of these teams beating more teams from the automatic qualifiers. They wouldn’t want more fuel on the fire of how there needs to be more access to these big games, that more than just the current automatic qualifiers deserve a shot at these bowls.

There is more parity in college football than ever before. It’s just unfortunate that we won’t get a chance to fully see it this bowl season.

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