Boise State-Ohio State: The Trial for the Final BCS Bid

Josh RosenbergCorrespondent INovember 30, 2008

Opening Statements

Due to Oregon State's loss to Oregon, USC was able to win the Pac-10. This gave them an automatic Rose Bowl berth and opened up a spot for another team, more deserving team than Oregon State, to earn a BCS bid.

The two possible and leading candidates for this are 12-0 Boise State, and 10-2 Ohio State.

Yes, for the first time in college football history, two non-BCS conference teams might play in BCS bowls. Right now, Boise State is ranked ahead of Ohio State. But, with the computers in play, you never know what will happen.

Ohio State makes its case

Your honor, the BCS computers, and people of the jury (BCS committee), I believe that my clients, the Ohio State Buckeyes are worthy of the final BCS bid. Yes, this past season, the Buckeyes didn't go undefeated. However, they play in the Big Ten, which is a much tougher conference.

If you look at my client's two losses, they are to No. 5 USC and to No. 7 Penn State.  Do you think Boise State would have gone undefeated if they played against these teams? 

Boise State played one ranked team this year. When you look at who Ohio State beat this season, they had wins over three top 25 teams. In their wins over those teams, they outscored them 110-34.

They also played their final nine games without starting quarterback Todd Boeckman, starting true freshman Terrele Pryor in place of him. Three games were played without starting running back, and Heisman candidate, Chris Wells; also, he was rarely ever completely healthy.

Despite these roadblocks, Ohio State continued to win.

Finally, I think it's only fair that I cite the one BCS rules for determining the bowls. And I quote "No more than one such team from Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, and the Western Athletic Conference shall earn an automatic berth in any year."

Your honor and people of the jury, this rule is proof that Boise State is not eligible to receive the final BCS bid because No. 6 Utah is ranked higher and will receive one. This leaves Ohio State as the only team fit to receive the final BCS bid. 

Boise State makes its case

With all due respect to my opponent, my clients, the Boise State Broncos, undoubtedly deserve the final BCS bid. They have just gone undefeated in the regular season for the second time in three years. 

Most of you probably remember when my clients went undefeated, made the Fiesta Bowl, and defeated the No. 7 Oklahoma Sooners in the 2006-2007 season. I believe that this football team also has enough skill to win a BCS bowl.

This year's Broncos also went undefeated and beat then number nineteen Oregon, the team that put 65 points against Oregon State (who beat USC). The 2006 team didn't have a top 25 win. Also, they have outscored their opponents 473 to 147 this season. They have averaged 39.4 points per game while giving up 12.25 points a game.

My opponents, the Ohio State Buckeyes, have two losses. Boise State went UNDEFEATED. As my opponent has done, I will cite from the BCS selection rules.

"The champion of Conference USA, the Mid-American Conference, the Mountain West Conference, the Sun Belt Conference, or the Western Athletic Conference will earn an automatic berth in a BCS bowl game if either:


A. Such team is ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS Standings, or,
B. Such team is ranked in the top 16 of the final BCS Standings and its ranking in the final BCS Standings is higher than that of a champion of a conference that has an annual automatic berth in one of the BCS bowls."

This proves that, according to the BCS rankings, No. 9 Boise State should make a BCS bowl game over Ohio State. This also means that No. 11 Texas Christian and number No. 13 Ball State should be getting BCS berths because they are ranked above No. 14 Cincinnati, the Big East champion, and the eventual winner of the ACC.

Also, in response to my opponent's argument, the rules go on to say the following.

"(Note: a second team may be eligible for at-large eligibility as noted below.) If two or more teams from those conferences satisfy the provisions for an automatic berth, then the team with the highest finish in the final BCS Standings will receive the automatic berth, and the remaining team or teams will be considered for at-large selection if it meets the criteria." 

Boise State has met all the criteria and is even ranked ahead of Ohio State.

Your honor and the people of the jury, for these reasons, Boise State should be given a BCS bid, not Ohio State.

The Verdict

Judge speaking: Thank you both for your statements. As we know, the BCS selection is Sunday night at 8:00 EST. Be sure to watch it to find out the final verdict of the case for the final BCS bid. As for now, all I can say is good luck to both teams. You will definitely need it.