It’s the first Monday in December, so it must be time to tilt at the Bowl Championship Series windmill.
It’s become an annual rite, a sign of the holiday season, if you will.
Wrap up Christmas shopping? Check.
Spend an inordinate amount of time at the post office mailing packages to friends and family? Check.
Rail against the BCS overlords for screwing something up? Triple check.
My quibble this year is not with those who will be playing in Pasadena on Jan. 7—even though it seemed to be mostly preordained from before the season started.
No, my anger is at one of the undercard BCS games.
Much-deserved kudos to the bowl powers that be for allowing Boise State to come play. The Fiesta Bowl deserves a lot of props for stepping up to the plate and allowing the Broncos the opportunity to come to the big-money party.
My problem is with Boise State’s opponent.
Boise State should not be playing TCU.
Not because the Horned Frogs don’t belong; in fact, the Horned Frogs were most definitely deserving of being there and, in fact, are ranked higher than Boise State.
Rather, I don’t think that TCU and Boise State should be playing each other.
Both programs deserve better opportunities than they could get by playing each other.
TCU should be playing Florida in the Sugar Bowl.
Boise State should be playing somebody else, be it Iowa, Cincinnati, or Georgia Tech. Hell, even if Oklahoma State had somehow snuck into the BCS, I would have been okay with them playing Boise State.
But it seems to me that by having Boise State play TCU, it’s like you’ve told them that they get to sit at the big boy table but are really going to go sit at the card table that gets added on to the edge of the grown-ups table.
Never mind the fact that both teams have already played each other in the postseason. They faced off last year in San Diego, with TCU edging Boise State 17-16 in the Poinsettia Bowl.
Instead of getting both of these schools in fresh matchups, the Fiesta Bowl has become the game of misfit programs, the schools that, for a variety of reasons, had to be let into the BCS—but c’mon, we can’t have them both possibly play automatic qualifiers and beat them during the same postseason.
So the wonderful opportunity for openness and showing the feds that the BCS really does allow access to all?
That’s gone as far as I am concerned.
This is a total lose-lose for these schools. Whoever wins won’t really have proven anything on a national scale. Whoever loses will have their national perception take a huge hit unless it’s truly a close game.
Will it be exciting? Sure. It might wind up being one of the best bowl games of the entire postseason.
Will I watch? I’ll watch every snap.
Will I be angry no matter who wins? Damn straight.
Because these two schools deserved better. They should have gotten a chance at the big boys. And it was taken away from them.
So don’t tell me that this system is fair to everyone.
Matchups like this prove otherwise.