Does Anyone Even Like the BCS?

December 8th, 2009

That's the question that needed to be asked in light of the selections made public on Sunday night. You may be asking yourself why I'd wait a full day and then some to post this. Sometimes you need time to calm down after watching such a mockery of sports take place. Two schools from non-AQ conferences are involved but instead of finding a way to give Boise State and TCU a shot at a team from an automatic qualifying conference they will play...each other. The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl will be a rematch of last year's San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl, won by the Horned Frogs 17-16 in an evenly-matched contest.

Why not let one play Iowa and the other Georgia Tech? I understand the concept of TCU being a school in the "Big 12 footprint", making them a probable selection for the Fiesta. But why not work out something to where they could play in Miami and Boise heads back to the bowl game where they beat Oklahoma a few years ago? What does the winner of the current game truly prove in the way of national perception? The loser falls by the wayside while the winner could be in a situation where it's just them and the winner of the BCS Championship Game sitting there without a loss. Expect them to be discredited due to their conference affiliation, and if Cincinnati beats Florida all you-know-what could (and should) break loose. 

Iowa and Georgia Tech will meet in the FedEx Orange Bowl and while both fan bases will travel and likely sell the game out what happens with the TV ratings? The Rose Bowl Games matches Ohio State, who hasn't been in Pasadena since January 1, 1997 (beating Arizona State thanks to Phoenix-area native Joe Germaine) and Oregon. The Ducks were last in the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day 1995 when they were steamrolled by Penn State's high-powered offense. Now it's the Ducks who have the high-octane attack and they'll be taking on a quarterback in Terrelle Pryor who had them in his final four before picking the Buckeyes. 

Big East champ Cincinnati will face Florida in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, where the question could be how much motivation the Gators go into that game with. The Bearcats have the skill position players and tempo to give the Florida defense some trouble but can their defense slow down Tim Tebow? Given the struggles at wide receiver for Florida you can expect defensive coordinator Bob Diaco to take his chances against the arm of Tebow as opposed to his legs. And two of the sport's blue bloods will close the season in Pasadena; SEC champion Alabama takes on a Texas suqad that escaped Nebraska for the Big 12 crown. 

Two Heisman finalists will be on display in Colt McCoy and Mark Ingram but given how much trouble the normally solid Texas offensive line had against Ndamukong Suh and company it could be a long night for the Longhorns thanks to Terrence Cody and company. Few people are going to give Texas a shot but keep in mind the last time the Longhorns played for the national title in Pasadena Vince Young wore out USC in leading Texas to the win. Do the games have the potential to be captivating? Definitely. But the lineup was successful in leaving many of the nation's fans with an empty feeling. 

The full bowl lineup: 

New Mexico
Fresno State vs. Wyoming (Dec. 19 4:30 p.m. ESPN)
St. Petersburg
UCF vs. Rutgers (Dec. 19 8 p.m. ESPN)
R+L Carriers New Orleans
Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee (Dec. 20 8:30 p.m. ESPN)
MAACO Las Vegas
Oregon State vs. BYU (Dec. 22 8 p.m. ESPN)
S.D. County Credit Union Poinsettia
Utah vs. Cal (Dec. 23 8 p.m. ESPN)
Sheraton Hawaii
Nevada vs. SMU (Dec. 24 8 p.m. ESPN)
Little Caesars
Marshall vs. Ohio (Dec. 26 1 p.m. ESPN)
Meineke Car Care
Pitt vs. North Carolina (Dec. 26 4:30 p.m. ESPN)
Boston College vs. USC (Dec. 26 8 p.m. ESPN)
Gaylord Hotels Music City
Kentucky vs. Clemson (Dec. 27 8:30 p.m. ESPN)
AdvoCare V100 Independence
Texas A&M vs. Georgia (Dec. 28 5 p.m. ESPN2)
Army or UCLA vs. Temple (Dec. 29 4:30 p.m. ESPN)
Champs Sports
Miami vs. Wisconsin (Dec. 29 8 p.m. ESPN)
Roady's Humanitarian
Bowling Green vs. Idaho (Dec. 30 4:30 p.m. ESPN)
Pacific Life Holiday
Arizona vs. Nebraska (Dec. 30 8 p.m. ESPN)
Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Houston vs. Air Force (Dec. 31 Noon ESPN)
Brut Sun
Oklahoma vs. Stanford (Dec. 31 2 p.m. CBS)
Navy vs. Missouri (Dec. 31 3:30 p.m. ESPN)
Minnesota vs. Iowa State (Dec. 31 6 p.m. NFL Network)
Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee (Dec. 31 7:30 p.m. ESPN)
Northwestern vs. Auburn (Jan. 1 11 a.m. ESPN)
Capital One
Penn State vs. LSU (Jan. 1 1 p.m. ABC)
Konica Minolta Gator
West Virginia vs. Florida State (Jan. 1 1 p.m. CBS)
Rose Bowl Game presented by Citi
Ohio State vs. Oregon (Jan. 1 4:30 p.m. ABC)
Allstate Sugar
Florida vs. Cincinnati (Jan. 1 8:30 p.m. FOX)
South Florida vs. Northern Illinois (Jan. 2 Noon ESPN2)
South Carolina vs. UConn Jan. 2 2 p.m. ESPN)
AT&T Cotton
Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss (Jan. 2 2 p.m. FOX)
AutoZone Liberty
Arkansas vs. East Carolina (Jan. 2 5:30 p.m. ESPN)
Valero Alamo
Michigan State vs. Texas Tech Jan. 2 9 p.m. ESPN)
Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. TCU (Jan. 4 8 p.m. FOX)
FedEx Orange
Iowa vs. Georgia Tech (Jan. 5 8 p.m. FOX)
Central Michigan vs. Troy (Jan. 6 7 p.m. ESPN)
Citi BCS National Championship Game
Texas vs. Alabama (Jan. 7 8 p.m. ABC)