BCS Bowl Games Off to Slow Star

Mitch MansfieldContributor IJanuary 6, 2010

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - JANUARY 05:  Brandon Wegher #3 of the Iowa Hawkeyes celebrates with his teammates after he scored a 32-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets during the FedEx Orange Bowl at Land Shark Stadium on January 5, 2010 in Miami Gardens, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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I was just as excited for the start of the NCAA football bowl season as the next guy anticipating the nightly intense and competitive showdowns, but so far this season, only a few have lived up to the hype. Even though I am unemployed and generally have nothing to do, of all the bowl games, the Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl, Sugar Bowl and, of course, the BCS title game are the only games worth my time. The other games pretty much blow. Who wants to watch unranked, average teams play subpar football in Buttf*ck, Wisconsin? Some may turn out to be good games, but you’re still not watching good football.

Even most of the BCS Bowl games have sucked this year. The Rose Bowl was over by half time. The Sugar Bowl was a lopsided beating right out of the gate, and we had to listen to the announcers suck off Tim Tebow for 4 quarters. According to these creeps, Tebow is the second coming.

Thankfully, last night the Fiesta Bowl came out strong. Two teams on a quest for the perfect season but not even playing in the National Championship Game!? TCU and Boise State were both undefeated until Monday night and fighting for an argument as the best team in the country. And these boys came to play. The game had big hits, tough defenses, two top-notch quarterbacks slinging the rock and even a trick play that gave Boise State the winning drive.

TCU cried about not getting to play Florida. Of course, they thought they deserved to play for the title, but TCU got beat down pretty convincingly. I know people will argue they only won 17-10, but the score did not reflect the game. TCU was getting knocked around the field when on offense and their steady quarterback was anything but as he threw 3 interceptions. We’ll see if the Orange Bowl and Georgia Tech and Iowa can keep the solid football trend going, but I seriously doubt it.

Despite Boise State’s victory and second thrilling Fiesta Bowl win in the last three seasons, they are still regarded as a mid-level team. What more can they do to prove themselves? They have beat every team put in front of them and deserve a chance to at least try and claim a national title. But we know it won’t happen. As I have said before, I obviously think that a BCS playoff system is needed, but I won’t go into it.

My ranting and raving won't do anything. In the illustrious words of Ricky Bobby and the backcountry NASCAR hicks that apparently want to murder me based on my NASCAR article, “If you aint first your last!” What this means is that unless you are in the national championship game, no one cares about you. Nice job Boise State, you had the perfect season, but beat it. Good luck next season.

As for the BCS title game, my betting money will be on a Texas W. Colt McCoy is a great quarterback but he hasn’t really won anything. Nominated for the Heisman twice but never got to strike the pose. He was on the 2005 Texas national championship team, but he was only a freshman on the sideline watching Vince Young’s heroics like the rest of us. Now he has the chance to leave his mark on college football and at least take home a championship. That, and I don’t think Ingram deserves as much acclaim as he does for a very statistically unimpressive season.

After Thursday’s game, I know I will cry a little. Raise your glasses, and here’s to the end of another BCS football season, and hoping that if he does nothing else while in office, Obama will at least change the BCS bowl system.