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BCS to Congress: Stay In Your Own Yard

May 20, 2010

Written by Jon Miller

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I loved this link today, where the BCS told Congress to stick to what ever it is that they do.

“While I appreciate your interest, I believe that decisions about college football should be made by university presidents, athletics directors, coaches and conference commissioners rather than by members of Congress.”  That was a quote from Bill Hancock, head of the BCS.

Senator Orrin Hatch from Utah didn’t like that very much:  “Today, the BCS simply confirmed what most fans of college football have known for some time, that the BCS system is biased, secretive and harmful to schools and competitors.” Hatch said.

Boo freaking hoo.

OK…yes, I am a fan of a school that is in a BCS conference, so this might come off as elitist thinking to the likes of Hatch, who come from a state that is not in a BCS conference (Utah).  I realize that Utah didn’t get to play for the 2008 national championship.  I am of the opinion that if Utah, or Boise State or TCU played week in week out in a league like the Big Ten, Big 12 or the SEC, they wouldn’t come close to playing for the national championship.

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There are rules in place now that guarantee a non-BCS conference team inclusion into the BCS system and the payday that comes with it.  That rule might show up in a big way in 2010, if a Big Ten or Pac 10 team plays for the national title, and a non-BCS conference team is ranked in the final BCS Top 12; that school would replace the Big Ten or Pac 10 slot in the Rose Bowl the first time this happens over the next four years.  To learn more about that, read our article from a few weeks back linked here, and how it might impact the Hawkeyes this year.

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So you have a table at the party.  But you have to earn the shot to play for the title, and that takes place over several years.  TCU and Boise State have earned such respect; both are likely to start the season inside the Top 10, with Boise somewhere in the Top Five.  That gives them a chance to suffer a loss, possibly even two, and still finish in the BCS Top 12.  Such a luxury used to only be afforded to BCS conference teams, as it was for Iowa last year with a 10-2 record and an at large BCS bid to the Orange Bowl.

So Mr. Hatch, BCS Buster teams have earned more respect and they are getting a ticket to the big party; did you miss last year’s Fiesta Bowl matchup between TCU and Boise, or does this only really, really matter when Utah is involved?

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Folks like Senator Hatch should focus on doing their job and helping to figure out the country’s financial woes as opposed to worrying about whether or not the Utah Utes get to play for a national title.  They already have a seat at the table, they just have to go out and earn it.

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