As anyone not living under a rock must have heard by now, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show will be holding his “Rally to Restore Sanity” on October 30th in Washington, D.C. Distressed by the political climate, in which only the loudest and most irrational voices ever seem to be heard, Stewart is calling for the reasonable people of this country to join together and show that there are still people who still think rationally.
Frankly, it’s genius. Reasonable people so rarely get to broadcast their opinions, when the system around them is so radicalized and irrationality rules the day.
It got me thinking…isn’t it time for reason to step into the spotlight in college football? Is there a system out there more in need of being torn down than the BCS?
It’s not a new topic, of course. Everyone knows all about this issue by now, and we all know about the inherent flaws of the system.
So why haven’t we done anything yet?
Sadly, there are too many voices out there, propagandizing the general public to make it seem like things are working much better than they are.
For example, fans can argue the strength of conferences all day long, but when it comes down to evaluating two teams, it shouldn’t make a bit of difference what conference the teams are from.
Boise State constantly finds itself in the middle of this debate. They haven’t lost a regular season game since 2007, and yet people automatically dismiss them from the national discussion simply because they play in the WAC.
There’s really no debate about whether their conference is good. It’s obviously not the SEC and only the truly delusional would try to argue otherwise.
However, the fact that they play in the WAC has absolutely no impact on how good of a football team Boise State actually is. If you took the Broncos team this year and put them in the SEC, they wouldn’t somehow become a better football team just because the conference logo on their uniforms changed.
The bottom line with Boise is that with this system, there’s no good way to evaluate them. Are they really the third-best team in the country, like the polls say they are? Who knows? I certainly don’t.
And now, despite coming into the season ranked within striking distance to actually contend for a BCS title bid, Boise State is already becoming an afterthought in that discussion. Why? Because it turned out that the Virginia Tech team that they beat wasn’t really that good. So, Boise is going to be punished because the one national power brave enough to actually play the Broncos isn't living up to expectations this year.
The problem is, within the BCS, the chosen few hold all the cards. They can effectively black-ball the Broncos by refusing to play them and then maintain the status quo by railing on them endlessly for not playing a tough enough schedule. It’s designed to be exclusionary; Boise State is the victim of college football segregation—separate and certainly not equal.