Both the Texas Christian Horned Frogs and the Boise State Broncos have been knocking on the Bowl Championship Series championship door for several years now.
The time has come for the BCS to let one of them in, or, suffer the consequence of continued pressure from the sports media or disband in favor of a playoff system which is seemingly successful in all other collegiate sports.
The fact that the BCS has overlooked these two programs for several years is both a testament to the faults of the system and a product of it.
It is obvious to any sports fan with knowledge of college football, that schools from the larger automatic qualifier conferences deserve the first crack at the national championship.
This is almost impossible to argue if these teams are undefeated, and there are not other undefeated teams on the outside looking in.
TCU and Boise State right make the decision as to who should compete in the national championship game much more murky.
The argument against the two programs in most media is that the strength of schedule for the programs just does not measure up to schools like Oregon, Auburn or even likely one loss teams like Alabama.
Sure, this may be true, but ultimately TCU and Boise do not have any control over the quality of the teams in their conference. They have no choice but to play the schedule they are given, and they do awfully well doing so.
One of the primary criticisms of the BCS is its bullying nature, only allowing the big boys to play in the championship games.
The rich get richer, while those at the “little kids” table including TCU and Boise do not reap an equal benefit from being forced to play each other to lesser ratings in a lower tier BCS bowl.
If the BCS wants to shed its image as a backward and failing system it must allow one of these two schools to compete for a national championship if they enter the post-season with no losses. Continuing to deny this opportunity will only add fuel to the fire of those seeking the BCS’ demise and the establishment of a playoff system.
The ball is in the BCS’ court.