Congratulations to Connecticut for earning a BCS bowl bid. The Huskies did what was asked of them, and it wouldn’t be fair to say they don’t deserve it. However their BCS bowl eligibility is an example of what’s wrong with the BCS automatic qualifier rule.
Connecticut may finish the season unranked in the polls, but they will get the opportunity to play in a prestigious bowl game. It’s not the first time an undistinguished team will be making an appearance in a BCS bowl. Check out in chronological order the teams that I felt were the worst teams to ever receive a BCS bowl bid.
The Pac-10 was facing a down year in 1999, and Stanford was the best team the conference could offer up to the BCS.
Stanford lost to Texas, 69-17, to begin the season and also had an embarrassing loss to San Jose State. Stanford ranked No. 22 in the AP poll going into the Rose Bowl, but gave Wisconsin its best shot in a 17-9 defeat.
Pittsburgh won the Big East title, earning an automatic spot in the BCS. But Pittsburgh was far from champion-like in 2004.
Four of Pittsburgh’s victories were by only three points, including a 41-38 victory against Furman, an FCS school.
Pittsburgh entered the Fiesta Bowl ranked 19th in the AP poll and lost to Utah by 28 points.
In 2008 Cincinnati was surprisingly ranked 12th in the AP poll heading into the Orange Bowl. I say surprisingly because the Bearcats had already been soundly beaten by Connecticut and Oklahoma, while six of their 11 victories were by a touchdown or less.
Cincinnati lost in the Orange Bowl to Virginia Tech, 20-7.
Virginia Tech entered the aforementioned 2008 Orange Bowl ranked No. 22 in the AP poll. Virginia Tech played on the edge all season, with their only convincing wins coming against Furman and Boston College in the ACC Championship Game.
Virginia Tech would end the season on a positive note though with a 20-7 win over Cincinnati and finishing the season ranked 15th in the AP poll.
Connecticut may become the first non-ranked team to earn a BCS bowl bid. Regardless if they end up ranked or not, the Huskies are without a doubt the worst team to ever earn a BCS bowl bid.
Connecticut started the season 3-4 and was fortunate to pick up closely fought wins against Pittsburgh, South Florida and West Virginia to win the Big East.