I wanted to say well done Utah! Going a perfect 12-0, knocking off Michigan, Oregon State, TCU, BYU, and the rest of the Mountain West—trust me when I say that you earned your berth to a BCS game, as you played by the BCS rules by going undefeated, winning your conference, and finishing in the BCS top 12.
Oh wait—Boise State is on the verge of doing the same exact thing, and yet the so-called experts say that even with a win over Fresno State on Nov. 28, the Broncos will be shut out of the BCS, just as they were in 2004.
The BCS should take Boise State. After all, the Broncos are ranked well ahead of any team from the Big East and ACC, not to mention the 2007 Fiesta Bowl had better ratings than two of last year's BCS games that had actual BCS Conference teams playing each other.
Some say Ohio State, the national media’s love, is the better fit—the same Ohio State team that has lost its two biggest games of the year, was on the ropes against Ohio, and barely got by a Wisconsin team that nearly lost to Cal Poly in overtime this past weekend.
Then there is Oregon State, who upset USC and quite possibly will earn a shot at the Rose Bowl. Yes, the Oregon State Beavers, who got an old-fashioned thrashing from Penn State and lost to the aforementioned Utes.
Boise State isn’t the only loser in all of the BCS nonsense. Ball State is sitting undefeated and ranked No. 15 in this week’s BCS poll behind several two-loss teams. I also must remind you Ball State has one game to play and could play for the MAC Championship against Buffalo.
Then there is the Big 12. As the next few weeks begin to shake out, they may find themselves with only two teams in the BCS. Despite the pounding this past weekend, most would agree Texas Tech would be a fun team to watch in a BCS game.
As a fan of college football, I am upset with the process the BCS brought upon us, as it is a process that sees many deserving teams being left out. It has happened before, and it will happen again.
Take a look at some teams that were passed over by the BCS in recent years.
2007: Missouri, ranked No. 7, was bypassed by No. 9 Kansas, a team Missouri beat.
2006: Wisconsin, with only one loss and ranked No. 7, saw 10th-ranked Notre Dame Fighting Irish invited instead.
2005: The Oregon Ducks were 10-1 and ranked No. 5, but under the old system, the National Championship game was played in the Rose Bowl. Remember that USC vs. Texas game?
2004: The '04 season saw No. 9 Boise State playing No. 10 Louisville—not in a BCS Bowl, but rather in the Liberty Bowl, arguably the best bowl game of that season.
2003: The '03 campaign featured the worst snubbing of all time. Kansas State beat Oklahoma in the Big 12 Championship, thus gaining the automatic bid to the Fiesta Bowl. Despite the loss, Oklahoma remained No. 1, and No. 3 USC, who lost early in the season, was forced out of the National Championship game, not to mention No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Texas were left out of the BCS festivities.
Now I could go on for a while, but the bottom line is despite an undefeated season, my Boise State Broncos will most likely suffer the same fate they did in 2004, and the same fate many deserving teams have in the past.
Of course, the season is not over with, the respective BCS Bowls have not made their final at-large invites, and Boise State has one final game to play. However, it will be difficult for Boise State fans to swallow this pill for the second time in four years.
I am sure there have been a million different solutions attempting to resolve this issue, and I am sure a million more will be presented. My hope is that the NCAA will someday be able to come up with the right one and prevent this from happening again.
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