I'd Rather Be Non-BCS
Dear Mr. BCS,
You can take your automatic berths, your glitz and glamour bowls, and your high profile, ESPN-loving conferences.
I don't want 'em!
Being a big name school, in a big name conference, carries a certain unwritten responsibility to beat up on us "lesser," non-affiliated conferences.
The pressure has always and will always be on the teams in the SEC, Big 12, Pac-10, etc. when facing us "cupcakes."
One of the biggest feel-good stories in the past couple years was the upset of Boise State over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl. Sure, Boise State pulled out more rabbits out of its underdog helmet than Houdini to win, but they did what they had to do to pull off the upset.
Everyone loves upsets.
I love 'em.
You love 'em.
The Soviet Union Olympic hockey team in 1980 may not like 'em, but that's what they get for having a superior, number one target on their back.
When you watch a BCS powerhouse play a non-BCS team, you typically cheer for the underdog, the non-BCS team. Well, unless that powerhouse is your team or the Gators. Because who in the world can root against the almighty Tim Tebow?
Who's the team that everyone roots for during March Madness?
The Cinderella team. The Belmonts, the George Masons, the Western Kentuckys, and the Davidsons.
Everyone wants a feel-good story. ESPN gets hard-ons for these upheaval dramas.
Deep down, everyone has a special place for the non-BCS teams in their heart.
BCS-affiliated teams don't have the chance to rush a field because you have the role of "act like you've been there before."
Not us "lesser" universities.
We've never been there before.
We don't know what it's like.
Today, parity has finally found its way to college football.
Teams like Boise State, Utah, Hawaii, Fresno State, and BYU have used several factors to categorize themselves as "BCS Busters."
Recruiting tools such as telling incoming freshman they can play early and telling them they can "put us on the map" can lure blue-chip recruits to commit to their program.
As well, the incarnation of the spread offense has made its way to college football. With the spread offense, the need for speed has outweighed the need for big, hog-molly offensive lineman.
So I ask, "Are you a fan of Cinderella stories?"
Are you a fan of us non-BCS programs?
Mr. Non-BCS aka Cinderella aka Bracket Buster
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