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College Football Morning: Are Boise State’s BCS Hopes Fading?

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This article was inspired by a poorly sourced ESPN assertion:  that with their win on Friday, Oklahoma State (9-2) becomes the front runner for the final “at-large” BCS bid.

Two weeks ago, I looked at the way the BCS bowls appeared to be shaping up.  It’s clear that since I wrote that article, USC has fallen out of the running for a BCS Bowl, and Notre Dame and Iowa are no longer serious threats (Penn State never was).  It sure looks like the loser of the Pitt-Cincinnati game will qualify for an at large bid, although being a two loss Big East team could turn off some voters.  But for the last spot, it sure seems like Boise State should be well out in front of that race.  Behind Oklahoma State, who really, deserves to be ranked based on a 9-2 record against a somewhat difficult schedule, but hardly to be sniffing a BCS bowl bid, you’re talking about three loss teams like Stanford, Virginia Tech, Oregon State, or Miami getting that last spot.

But why?  The rules of the BCS dictate that in a year where a mid-major goes undefeated, the series must accept at least the highest rated mid-major if they are in the top twelve.  TCU not only qualifies, but would be a legitimate top five team in any season.  And their dominance leaves Boise without the protection of that automatic bid.  Instead of deciding which bowl is going to swallow their pride and accept the Broncos, we’re now looking for excuses to deny them an invite.

If you are going to let the BCS Standings declare the teams that get to play for the national championship, flawed as the system is, how can you look at the gap between Boise State and OSU in the ratings and say that the Cowboys deserve that last spot?  Pundits and sportswriters alike are absolutely trashing the whole process that gives us the BCS, and we’re going to defend the systems’ right to pick the two teams who will play in the Championship…until we might have to let two mid-majors in.  Then it’s time to start looking to the two loss “powerhouses.”

There’s no rule to protect the second best mid-major because it shouldn’t be necesscary.  TCU should be in the BCS conversation no matter where their conference affiliation is.  While Boise’s road has been significantly less impressive, it’s not like there is any question that they are a top ten team.  What the heck is an “At-Large” bid anyway?  Just call it what it is: a Big Ten/ACC/Big XII elective.

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