I believe that most college sports news articles have gotten carried away with BCS Buster talk focused on how the little guy is getting cheated out of a fair chance.
We've talked about the under dog deserving a shot, and then talked about their weak schedule. Most of all, we've talked about the BCS not wanting the mid-major conferences in their bowls.
We have been wrong.
The BCS hierarchy has had us fooled this year. The BCS wants
Boise State TCU.
The BCS is out to protect themselves, and sometimes the old saying is true "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer."
This year the way to keep the control that the powerhouse conferences have had over the games is to invite
Boise TCU in, truly invite them in. Not last year's debacle of playing them against against another mid-major in the Fiesta Bowl.
If you take one of the most successful teams in the last three years, according to wins, and allow them in to the National Championship Game, you have the opportunity to cut their head off.
Boise State TCU walks into the NCG against a team that has run the regular season table against a host of strong teams, against a team that will be rested and aware of the consequences of a loss in the NCG against a mid-major, they'll have the hardest game they've ever played.
Who is more deserving of a shot at the BCS title?
The result of a
Boise State TCU loss in the NCG: you've proved the mid-majors don't belong. Yes, you'll let the other conferences compete for an opportunity for a slot in one of the BCS Bowls, in case they field a really good team, but you'll keep restrictions on them.
They won't get in with a weak record like the Big East. They'll likely have to go without a loss, schedule a non-conference team from a major conference and beat them, and make sure they look deserving while doing it.
The result of a
Boise State TCU win in the NCG: you've proven your system allows everyone an opportunity to compete for the National Championship.
You gain an extension of the current system, you quell the playoff talk. You've shown the system fair and equitable. You can keep the control.
So maybe you have to throw a bone to a team every few years, like when they've gone 35-3 over three years. You can maintain a system that helps the wealthy get wealthier.
So in the end, the BCS wants
Boise State TCU. This is their chance to prove there's no need for a playoff system.
After all, why would we want to mess up what works for the major conferences so well?
(As you can tell, this article referred to Boise State since they stood the best chance of breaking in to the championship game, but now Boise's loss to Nevada leaves TCU as the team most deserving of that NCG chance)