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Where The BCS Has Gone Wrong

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  The BCS National Championship trophy which was won by the Alabama Crimson Tide after winning the Citi BCS National Championship game over the Texas Longhorns at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California. The Crimson Tide defeated the Longhorns 37-21.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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Joshua TaylorContributor IAugust 31, 2010

The BCS for the most part has done everything right in my opinion.  As much as everyone complains and tries to find flaws, the BCS get’s it right.  Year in and year out we have a national champion that very few can argue with.

    Where the BCS goes wrong, is where the put non BCS schools in position to play for the MNC.  What have these schools done to prove they are worthy to compete with BCS teams?  They play weak opponents every week.

    We have seen Utah beat a weak Pitt squad in 2004. We have seen Boise St. pull off an upset against Oklahoma, who we all know has not shown up recently in BCS bowls.   The only credit I give to the unworthy teams was a couple years back when Utah beat a talented Alabama team.

    The BCS committee needs to re-evaluate these schools getting in to the premiere games.  Boise St. plays in the WAC.  Does anyone believe that if they were in the SEC, that they would go undefeated?  If you play teams like Hawaii, or Wyoming week in and week out you do not deserve to have the opportunity to play in a BCS game. 

    Every once in a while you will see a team like Utah upset a much better team, but that’s football or any sport.  A team will occasionally play a superior team and stun them.  The only reason these games get the TV ratings that they do, is because people are either fans of the two schools or cheering on David vs. Goliath.

    Non BCS schools would not survive in a big six conference.  Utah will find that out shortly as they will find themselves in the PAC-10.  They can not compete with these school.  Recruiting will start killing them first.  Will recruits rather play at USC in Los Angeles with the tradition and marketing that they will have available.  Or will they go to Utah where overall talent is not better then the rest of the schools and get embarrassed  on national television.

    The BCS needs to figure out a new way to deal with these schools.  Yes, they have to be ranked in the top 12 to even be considered to play in a BCS bowl.  But when you play the schedules they play how can you not be ranked in the top 12?

    These big fish in little ponds would not make it in a BCS Conference, even the Big East.  As we have seen the schools the Big East has picked up and only 1 (Louisville) has won a BCS game.  Cincinnati has been embarrassed twice, while West Virginia has carried the conference. 

    This needs to come to an end, and if we see Boise St. or any other mid-major play in the national title this year, my point will be proven.  At the end of the day everyone will be questioning why the mid-major played instead of the 1 loss SEC school.

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