Blog Entry 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

Posted on: December 8, 2008 1:47 pm

Let the complaints begin.

We all know about Texas' beef with the BCS system. The Longhorns feel they should be in the BCS National Championship over Oklahoma because they finished with the same record and beat Oklahoma on a nuetral field.

We will continue to hear that talk through the New Year.

But what about Boise State?

The Broncos are ranked No. 9 in this week's 120, but they will be left out of the BCS Bowl picture as a two-loss Ohio State will meet Texas in the Fiesta Bowl.

The Poinsettia Bowl, which will feature the Broncos and No. 11 TCU, will have two higher ranked teams than the Orange Bowl (No. 12 Cincinnati and No. 19 Virginia Tech). The Holiday Bowl will have No. 14 Oklahoma State and No. 15 Oregon.

"As long as the Ohio State players and coaches aren't tired of coming to the Valley of the Sun, we're not tired of having them," Fiesta Bowl CEO John Junker said. "The university is the same, but the players all are different. It's just another version of that great tradition, and anytime you can match up a co-Big Ten champion against a No. 3 program that people think should be playing for the national championship, it seemed like a natural."

Welcome to the bowl system -- it's not about how many losses you have or where you are ranked. It's all about tickets, TV ratings and marketability. And that hurts Boise State.

Last year, the Georgia/Hawaii Sugar Bowl had the lowest TV ratings of any BCS game, the year before it was Oklahoma/Boise State. And in 2005, if was the Utah/Pittsburgh Fiesta Bowl.  

The Fiesta Bowl had the choice to take Utah or Boise State instead of the Buckeyes, but President John Junker chose to go with the Buckeyes even though they've played there four times since 2003.

"It was (discussed)," Junker said of Ohio State's visits to the website "But it's not like it's professional football. Obviously in the years that (Ohio State has) appeared, it's always a different group of players with the changes on their roster."

Sorry Boise State, take your undefeated record and higher ranking somewhere else. But don't feel bad for them, because Ohio State coach Jim Tressel doesn't.

"I've got to be honest with you, I didn't feel for them, because I'd rather go," Tressel said of Boise State. "I'm a compassionate guy, but to an extent ... I'd rather the Buckeyes be there."

Boise will now take its show on the road to San Diego in what could be one of the best non-BCS games on the schedule.


... San Jose State (No. 70), Bowling Green (No. 80), Arkansas State (No. 84) and Louisiana-Lafayette (No. 92) are the only bowl-eligible teams not playing this postseason.

... The Hawaii Bowl features two of the lowest-ranked teams in the 120 -- No. 65 Notre Dame vs. No. 67 Hawaii.

... Florida Atlantic is the lowest-ranked team is the lowest-ranked team in a bowl game at No. 85. The Owls lost to Arkansas State 28-14 a few weeks ago, but didn't make a bowl game.



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:53 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise


Who you kidding? We will win our bowl game be ranked high and still, you will pick someone else to win the WAC.  Now you asking for all to give us respect? LOL!


Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:51 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

For all you Boise State supporters who are angry at Ohio St. and/or the BCS, take it up with Utah. The BCS is designed to allow one nonBCS conference school at max. Blame Utah who was given the benefit of the doubt over Boise State. Additionally, having a more difficult schedule would also help your cause. Utah and Ohio St. both had SOS's that were considerably higher than Boise State's. I can sympathize with Boise St. supporters, but I think the correct decision was made.

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:48 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

PLAY SOMEBODY DURING THE REGULAR SEASON and this situation might be arguable, but untill then then be satisfied with what u got, which to many may be a better bowl than they deserve

Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:08 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

I hope Mack kicks the crap out of Tressel and his stupid Vests!

The BCS is a VIP club, is not a competition system and is very difficult to explain to a kid that spilled his guts the whole year and finished undefeated that a 2 loss team is better than him. I don't know HOW can you explain that to Boise Fans or any fan. What is the purpose of going undefeated? Just personal satisfaction? in a competition system is not the goal.......

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 3:01 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

I don't think that you can really begrudge Ohio State a BCS appearance.  Now, a title game is something different.  The fact is that Boise State schedule strength was ranked 114th compared to Ohio State's 45th according to Sagarin.  That is a substantial difference.  It boils down to what impresses you more.  Going undefeated in a non-BCS conference against the 114th schedule or 2 losses against top 10 teams in a BCS conference schedule.  At best, it is a tossup.  But, it is hardly an outrage. 

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 2:46 pm


I hope Texas just stomps Ohio State in this years Fiesta Bowl.  Year in and year out Ohio State has proved how overrated they are as a team.  Sure you can argue that BSU had a weaker strength of schedule.  Ohio State scheduled teams like Youngstown State and University of Ohio.  And The Big Ten conference wasn't that much better than the WAC.  It's not Boise State's fault that they play in a crappy conference.  It's not their fault no one wants to play Boise State, because of the fear that they might lose.  And if you really want to get techincal (this is just for fun) BSU beat Oregon who beat Oregon State who beat USC who beat Ohio State.  Ohio State lost to the only tough teams on their schedule, USC and Penn State.  Take out the politics and every way you look at it BSU should be in this game.

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