So, T-Mac, the States (San Jose, New Mexico, Fresno and Utah) represent
top-flight competition?Look, it's about the money. tOSU plays
regional teams in the pre-conference to keep the cash in the region. How many
Boise State fans are going to come to Columbus and drop some cash? TCU beat
Wisconsin? Please be rational. C'mon, BSU couldn't beat #19 Nevada. As the
announcer said last night: "The Boise State defense is used to focusing for
40 plays, not 70. Their games are usually over at halftime." Even playing
Purdue or Kentucky, you've got to play football for 4 quarters or you are going
to get beat. Purdue nearly beat Michigan State last week.That said, I
don't see why the universities don't see the wisdom of a four round playoff
starting with 16 teams. Can't they see the dollar signs behind four post-season
games for the eventual National Champions? It would also settle the Boise State
question annually when they get waxed in the first or second round.
I guess Marshal, Ohio U., Eastern Michigan, Indiana, Purdue and Minnesota
constitute murderer's row.Ohio State's one loss is to a decent
Wisconsin team. I don't see TCU losing to Wisconsin this year IF they played
each other, but it would sure be nice to settle it on the field rather than
having coaches, sports writes and computers assume that team A is better that
team B just because they play in a mythical elite conference. I'm reminded of
the year Wyomaing was the doormat of the MWC and beat Tennessee at their place.
SEC dominance... right???
"Little Sisters of the Poor...", that's hilarious, but a golden oldie,
E. Gord. Don't quit your day job. Seriously, a TCU/BSU national championship
would be a snoozer that would cost the BCS advertisers millions. However, I
would would be great if we could match up Oregon against Boise and Auburn
against TCU. The resulting double slaughter would put this controversy to rest.
Seriously, any one of the rest of the top ten would love to step up and play
TCU or BSU in a bowl game: easy win, bowl record plus for the coach and team.
They would all risk the down side of a loss to the Little Sisters of the Poor
because the risk is so low and the benefits so high.
The thing with Gee is he is probably thinking of Appalachian State. He knows
that on any given day one of the Little Sisters of the Poor can come in and
knock sense out of the "Murderer's Row". He is just afraid that TCU or
BSU or the like will come over and thouroughly embarrass his precious team and
him as well.
Every commenter here is correct in that the BCS is unfairly biased against teams
from conferences not from those of the founders, and it is indeed all about the
almighty dollar.But y'all need to remember this kind of talk
happened before - during and in the wake of the 1984 season. BYU winning the
National Championship was one of the major turning points, one of the key
impetuses these so-called "major" conferences used to create the BCS
in the first place: to exclude everybody but themselves, not only from the most
prestigious bowl games and the national title, but from the higher
revenue-generating games (each of the five BCS games currently have a total
payout of $17 million).My comments aren't to minimize BSU's or TCU's
accomplishments this year or in the last several years; they've both been
phenomenal. But I think it proves my point that the prejudice against teams from
non-AQ (or "mid-major") conferences started with BYU, and the BCS
snobs are continuing to rear their ugly heads and reveal their ignorance by
short-sheeting the Horny Toads and the Smurfs (sorry, I couldn't resist).Dissolve the BCS.
Here is something that is so obvious, but never gets mentioned in conversations
about strength of schedule. Ohio State plays EIGHT home games this season.
EIGHT! Boise State plays six. TCU plays 6 and one at the new Jerry Jones
stadium. Might we not possibly say that playing two more home games, when
you are a nationally recognized program, and stacking three of those home games
with Marshall, Ohio University, and the mighty Chippewas from Eastern Michigan
gives a school president little ammo when talking about your week in and week
out difficulties.I would urge all fans to look at the 2010 schedules for
every major (old school) program in this country and consider how tough it is
for any team to win on the road. If you don't think that this is a system
designed to keep money in the pockets of the already well lined, this will open
your eyes. I would bet that 90 percent of football fans in this country are not
aware that many of the big name schools don't play anywhere near the number of
road games the small schools do.
Runner, Gee is wrong. Ohio State plays 8 home games, 4 away games. Most Big
Ten schools do the same, as do SEC schools. Who WOULDN'T have glossy records
under those conditions?They lure small teams to their 100,000 seat
lairs with what are, for those schools, big payouts, while they collect huge
gates so they can pad their records and their pocketbooks. They don't want the
TCU's and Boise States to have access to big bowl payouts because it levels the
playing field.They are smarmy, scummy manipulators of the system.
PERIOD. And EVERY year there is one or more non-BCS teams that would threaten
their veneer of supremacy, just as Butler did in basketball, so they close the
door to them.
@RunnerYou couldn't be more wrong! Remember when Utah beat Alabama.
Coach Kyle was asked if he'd like to play FL and Urban. He said, "Any time,
any day." When Urban was asked if he was interested, he said, "No, I
don;t thinks so." Why not, Urban (and all the other coaches of
the "elite" teams? Because if they get beat, or if they
get there butts kicked, it looks really bad to all the fans back east and they
hate to be shown "on any given day ..."
Don't you get it what Gee trying to do. Telling bsu & tcu to get lost and
The Ohio State going to jump in at the top 2 spot and play the NC after they
beat Mich. Why he even bother to post this. And what Obama going to do, he has
things to do at his White House. Anyway, just hope that Ohio State, Auburn &
Boise State all lose this weekend. I wouldn't be surprise that Oregon would lose
to Rival Oregon St. (don't think so but Maybe). bcs is FLAWED!!!
An objective observer of college football would have to agree with the OSU
president. While it doesn't sound too diplomatic to say that some teams,
"play the little sisters of the poor" the fact that BSU in particular,
TCU could probably argue otherwise, plays small teams in small stadiums, in a
small conference does provide them somewhat of an advantage when the only thing
you are comparing is the win-loss record.No non-biased fan can
honestly say that the SEC and the Big-10 teams don't have a more difficult road
to go undefeated when they play on national TV every week in front of 60,000,
70,000, 80,000 seat staidums in hostile environments. I mean c'mon, if you ask
BSU to play games at LSU, at Alabama, and even at South Carolina or Georgia,
etc. Regardless of how good those teams are that year, the environmnet in and
of itself makes it more difficult that playing against Fresno, HI, or even
Nevada.Just leave the emotion out of it and see it for what it
really is. When you do so, you'll see that these comments are fairly accurate.
Rootin' for Alabama to beat Auburn today, and the BCS will be exposes as the
fraud it is when they find away to keep BSU and TCU out of the championship
game. Somehow, I don't think the BCS is stupid enough to send them both to the
same bowl, again. It is the BCS's second worst nightmare to see them pitted
against the chosen conference teams in two different bowl games.
@yarrlydarbYou are absolutely correct. It's all about the almighty dollar.
One need look no further than that of the example of Notre Dame. By far,
they have the largest fan base, with millions in potential sales to the sponsors
of their weekly coverage on a major network, win or lose. And boy, are they
losing games. But it doesn't matter.The BCS conferences are about Coca
Cola, Walmart, Tostitos, GM, etc. Potential sales from the viewers, combined
with store-bought T shirts, baseball caps, on and on.The BCS is a mere
acronym for Big Cash Confederation$$$$$$$Your TCUs, Boise States, Utahs,
etc, will never be invited. Outside of their respective states, you will never
see caps or T shirts of them anywhere.I'm waiting for the anti-trust
legislation to be enacted, to break-up this professional, multi-billion dollar
college industry, that has infiltration our institutions of higher learning.
The BCS could not care less about who the best teams are in the country. It's
all a matter of which teams will bring most fans and viewers. When
it comes to OSU and BSU, OSU will win out every time, not because OSU has the
best team, just because the draw the most fans in the country and that means
more money. Sports no longer are for the sake of sports; they're a
business and the bottom line is $$$.
Gee, settle it on the field instead of protecting the status quo where you have
the upper hand. It's simple. Put your money where your mouth is.
Obviously President Gee lives in a complete fantasy world and truly knows
nothing about the ins and outs of College Football beyond the ring of the cash
register. To say that the Big 10 and the SEC must run a Death Row gauntlet year
after year is totally Asinine...A statement like that just shows the ineptness
of his knowledge of the sport or how powerful the Bowl system is in it's present
form. Ohio State as well as Michigan and the rest of the Big 10 pick obvious
patsy's in their Non Conference schedules. Ohio State has it's pick of any of
the Mid American Conference teams at any time it wants and obviously builds the
beginng of it's annual early rise by walking over the likes of Ohio University,
Kent State, Miami of Ohio, Central Michigan etc. etc. etc. Mr. Gee's obvious
sense of importance is extremely self overinflated and rediculously points out
just how little he does understand the sport.
Del Conte is a class act, and he is right on. Ohio State and the other BCS
schools that are whining about TCU and Boise State just diminish themselves with
their comments. Another TCU vs. Boise State Fiesta Bowl will demonstrate, once
again, just how unfair the BCS system is and add to the pressure for change. We
don't need Obama or Congress to intervene. We need fans to stand up and demand
P.S. I loved how the BCS paired TCU with Boise State last year. That way they
were able to avoid TWO embarrassing losses. They obviously had Utah and Alabama
on their minds when they schedule that one.
While the OSU president may be good at administration, he obviously isn't smart
enough to know that his comments actually were an argument against the BCS.
Also, does he not know that Ohio State has one of the weakest schedules this
year? (Talk about little sisters of the poor) Also, didn't he see what
"little sister of the poor" Utah did to his hollowed SEC Alabama a
couple of years ago? This guy needs to speak out more often. Those of us who
despise the BCS love guys like this. He is doing a great job of making our case.
It's a rotten system. Just goes to show that if somehow the Utes could have gone
undefeated it would not have made any difference.So this will be
twice in a row that TCU and BSU are shut out. I sure hope Obama can fix this. It
would be another feather in his teleprompter.