Today, Ohio State University president E. Gordon Gee told the Associated Press that he didn't think that TCU or Boise State deserved to be in the BCS title game based on the teams' schedule strength.
According to ESPN, Gee said, "Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football...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."
And then he went on to discuss these non-BCS teams:
"So I think until a university runs through that gantlet that there's some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to [be] in the big ballgame."
As a fan of a big conference team, I tend to agree with Gee, but as an Ohio State fan, I have to question his judgment.
Do I believe that a one-loss Wisconsin or even a two-loss Alabama could rock TCU or Boise State?
Do I think that the president of Ohio State University should be the one to point this out?
Let’s face it:
Even if TCU and Boise State were taken completely out of the Top 10, Ohio State would still have to contend with undefeated teams like Oregon and Auburn for a spot in the big game. And they wouldn’t have much of a shot there, especially with Wisconsin ranked above them.
So why stir the pot?
Buckeye Nation doesn’t exactly have a reputation for being the classiest fanbase, and Ohio State isn’t exactly the most popular program in the world of college football.
Other college football fans criticize Buckeyes fans for “over-selling” our team. To them, we have an unrealistic view of Ohio State football, and we expect to win the national championship every year.
Personally, I don’t think there is anything wrong with having some faith in our Buckeyes, but shouldn’t we let someone else pick on the little guy?
If Oregon or Auburn end up losing a game before the season is over, TCU and Boise State will move up.
And one of them will likely play in the BCS title game.
But if that happens, shouldn’t we let LSU, Wisconsin or Stanford be the ones to step up and say something?
I’m sure that Gee didn’t mean to sound like an arrogant bully, but I am willing to bet money that many fans (especially from TCU and Boise State) will paint him as such.
If the Buckeyes had a better chance at the title, this would be a different story, but with things the way they are now, his comments give Ohio State critics more material.