ESPN announcers explained several times that the California Golden Bears were "flat" and didn't "seem enthused" during their 37-27 loss to the Utah Utes in the Poinsettia Bowl tonight.
Apparently, the Mountain West brings out the ennui in other teams, since we've heard it before that other teams are not "up" to play the Mountain West.
Teams that would rather be in another bowl, teams that don't like the location, or the weather: They all seem to have an excuse when playing the Mountain West.
The following are a list of games that exemplify this problem.
The night before the Las Vegas Bowl, ESPN's announcers also mentioned that Oregon State was "flat" and "didn't want to be there" in their 44-20 loss to the BYU Cougars.
The Beavers were, after all, bummed out that they are not in the Rose Bowl.
Fresno State was also not happy to be playing in the New Mexico Bowl, and only brought a few fans, losing to the Wyoming Pokes 35-28.
And, of course, SEC fans always remind us how Alabama just couldn't get over not playing for the national championship and were upset to be playing in the Sugar Bowl last year.
This, of course, explains the 31-17 can o' whup-ass that the Utes opened up on them, because the Tide was just not "up" for the game.
Boise State, however, being from an itty-bitty non-BCS Conference, was happy to be in the Poinsettia Bowl against TCU last year.
Boise State played a great game, losing by one point to TCU.
That's why the honchos at the BCS lined them up again this year to play each other....they are enthusiastic. Just really happy to be there and getting some of those BCS big bucks.
The fact that this enthusiastic play might cause a BCS conference team to be upset, as BSU did in their 43-42 victory over Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, had nothing to do with it....
...or with Utah's 35-7 smoking of BCS Pittsburgh in the 2005 Fiesta Bowl. Can't have that again, can we?
Of course, Pitt was not up for the game...no one ever gets up to play the Mountain West, do they?
Nope, the BCS isn't afraid of losing to TCU and BSU. They just think it's a great game, and the best for all of us college fans.
And if you believe that, I've got a sweet bridge in Brooklyn to sell ya. You can charge your own tolls after you buy it. Maybe you'll make as much moolah as a Bowl CEO.