"Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football," said Ohio State President E. Gordon Gee. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.
"So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there's some reason to believe that they [are] not be the best teams in the big ballgame."
This was said by Gee in an interview with the Associated Press. I agree with a lot of his statements made, and I disagree with some as well.
The BCS was built for the big conference schools. The Bowls were made for them, only they could get in the games automatically and they would get all of the money that comes with it.
It makes a lot of sense.
Now there was a small clause that was made to allow the little schools in these games, but none of them would ever make it.
Thanks to schools like Utah, Boise State and TCU, now these little schools are making some noise, and the BCS people have had to share their money with them.
Which of course makes them real angry, because, like Diddy said, "It's all about the Benjamins."
To make things worse, these little schools have been doing pretty well against the bigger schools despite not playing murderer's row every week.
Utah is 2-0 in BCS games against Pittsburgh and Alabama. Boise is 2-0 in the BCS Bowls as well.
What makes it even worse for the BCS traditionalists is that a small school may make it to the national title game this year.
Odds are if Alabama beats Auburn in the Iron Bowl, Boise State could be positioned to make it to the title game against Oregon.
Now this is an outrage. How could a system that was created to keep these small guys out work in such a way to let them in?
The Broncos haven't played murderers row and I don't know if wins over "the little sisters of the poor" is enough to prove to anyone that Boise is worthy.
The system that these money-hungry people created to make the rich richer and the poor poorer is starting to work against them.
The national championship will include a team from the WAC if Alabama wins and Boise beats Nevada. What a disgrace to college football, right?
Oregon will most likely dominate the Broncos just like they have the past two times they've played Boise State
I'll probably take a lot of heat for this, but I still believe the best team in the country is Alabama. Sure they lost two games, but who wouldn't in the SEC?
I understand the argument about conference strength, but that argument doesn't really matter much right now.
If Auburn does lose, they will most likely be out of the title game and leave it open for TCU or Boise.
Could either of those two schools go 12-0 in SEC play?
Probably not, but is that going to keep one of them out of a BCS title game if Auburn loses? Probably not.
Let's revisit this quote by the Ohio State President.
"So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there's some reason to believe that they [are] not the best teams in the big ballgame."
I could be wrong, but I believe that big ballgame he is talking about is called a national title game.
Now we must find a way to get the top two teams in the nation to play each other in this game. Hmm...
Wait, Mr. Gee, you are a genius! Why don't we make a gauntlet that is made up of the 16 top teams in the nation and have them play each other until the final two teams standing play in the "Big Ballgame."
We give the power BCS Conference Champions an automatic bid to this gauntlet, I'll call it a playoff.
Then we proceed to give 10 teams at large bids. Small schools can get it if they are ranked in the top 16 in the BCS and if there is a BCS conference team that isn't in the top 25, like the Big East Champ this year, they can watch the playoffs at home.
This gauntlet would eliminate the small schools right away, because they would never be able to compete with the big rich schools week after week.
It's unfair that Ohio State had to spend over $30 million last year to win a BCS trophy while Boise State only had to spend $7 million.
Now normally I don't agree with Ohio State fans or presidents, but Mr. Gee was right. We must find a way to make sure the top two teams in the nation actually play in the title game.
I say we make a real gauntlet of murders row to find out who deserves to play in it the most. If we did have one this year, I actually think Alabama and Stanford would be playing in the final game.
Since this is the BCS and not a playoff, I hope everyone enjoys a Boise State vs. Oregon national title game. I know I will.
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