On Saturday, Bob Griese proved himself to be a college football elitist who cannot be trusted to be in the least bit objective when "analyzing" a game between a member of a BCS conference and a non-automatic qualifier.

In the midst of the Fresno State-Wisconsin game, the subject of the Notre Dame-Michigan game came up. Which prompted Griese, an ESPN/ABC analyst, to betray his elitist feelings.

"You know, everything won't be right in the scheme of things in college football until Notre Dame gets back and Michigan gets back and all the powers that used to be get back to where they were," Griese said.

So, all you little teams — you BYUs, Utahs, TCUs and Boise States — just be on your way and leave the sport to the Big Boys.

Pardon me for overreacting, but what a stupid, stupid thing for Griese to say. I've never thought much of him one way or the other — other than how ridiculous it was for ABC to allow him to work games his son, Brian, played in — but now I can't help but conclude that he's a dope.

Unless you're a fan of fallen powers like the Fighting Irish and the Wolverines, Griese's statement isn't even logical. You could easily argue that interest in college football has never been higher than it is today, in no small part because there is some degree of parity in college football.

(And there is indeed some degree of parity, despite the reluctance of those schools in the ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10 and SEC to acknowledge that fact.)

When Griese was playing college football at Purdue back in the mid-1960s, the possibility of Utah beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl or BYU beating a third-ranked Oklahoma team had never entered anyone's mind. And, apparently, Griese was happier living in that little world.

What makes his statement all the more astonishing is that he made it in the middle of a Fresno State-at-Wisconsin game. You know, traditional power Fresno State.

Dumb and dumber.

And, frankly, while Griese wasn't speaking for ABC/ESPN, do you think any of his bosses gave a single second's thought to a statement that should have, at least, raised red flags over his performance?

Of course not.

THE FACT THAT so many fans — and at least a few local sports talk radio personalities — want to blame the Mountain West Conference for the Versus-DirecTV breakdown ought to trouble the league.

It's more evidence of the lingering resentment over the league's TV situation.

I'm not for a moment suggesting the criticism is correct. But it is indicative of a deeper problem that never seems to end.

e-mail: pierce@desnews.com