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 5, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 8:31 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

OU maybe 0-4 in the last 4 BCS games, but you can't punish them this year for what they've done in the past! This is a new year and new players. It doesnt carry over from year to year! tOSU didn't deserve to be in any BCS games the last few years and when they won they had to cheat to beat Miami! The Big 10 is weak this year just like it is almost every year! There is no way they deserve to be in a BCS game this year either and I hope Boise St. puts them in their place!

Since: Sep 2, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2008 8:22 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

I would have been fine with Boise taking the BCS spot and Ohio State going to the Citrus Bowl to take on Georgia, but it didn't turn out that way, and I'm happy to be in the Fiesta Bowl instead for a rubber match against Texas. Sorry it turned out that way, but Ohio State has been undefeated and shut out of the national title five times, and I'm sure nobody feels sorry for them.

Of course most of those five came when the territory that is now Boise, ID was part of Oregon Country, but the point is, Ohio State Football wasn't built in three years. Maybe Boise may reach that point someday. They're off to a nice start, but still have some work to do. Good luck against TCU.

Since: Nov 26, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 8:15 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

Actually, it IS Boise State's fault they play in a crappy Conference: they're the ones who chose it.  Many teams have switched Conferences in the last decade, so they could too.  They won't, because all their other sports teams would get crushed, but they could. 

Since: May 27, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 8:08 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

as an avid horny toad and grad of 20 years ago I am ecstatic about facing the broncos.  they are an elite team with incredible staff and players and look forward to this being one of the most exciting games this bowl season.  AND I AM BEING SERIOUS!  the defenses will be monstrous and it will be a flipping meat grinder.  and, oh, btw, OU - get ready to be welcomed to the SEC as you and all other pretenders will be left sucking your thumbs while you lay in the fetal position hoping for your mommy to come and hold your hand.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:46 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

Then you have to prove yourself by playing anyone anywhere!   Florida State did this in the 80's by taking their team on the road!   Big schools don't mind playing anybody at home as long as they don't have to return the favor.   Penn St.  paid oregon st to come to happy valley Ohio St. pays MAC and Conference USA to play in Columbus.   That is what a smaller school has to do.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:39 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

Ohio State's athletic budget is more like 150 Million it's by far the largest in the country.  Ohio state athletics represent all ncaa sports. The only university to have all.

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:28 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

your an A** and don't have a clue about college football!   Ohio State is 4-2 in BCS bowls only USC has won more!   A 10-2 OSU squad is a much better pull than a good well coached Boise St.  Two of the nation's largest universities will bring in the $ and ratings.   Ohio State also has a great history in beating teams from the big 12.   So stop the crying and stay in your red state.

Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:15 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

I have 4.5 million reasons to complain.

You see, the BCS payout for Ohio State is 4.5 million dollars in addition to the 18 million the big 11 gets for its first BCS bid.  Meanwhile Boise gets a million or so for the Ponsettia Bowl.  Ohio St. already enjoys a 50+ million dollar budget, while Boise's is about 12 million.

Yup, football is about money, not who is the best team.  Why not just announce it?  Only the dozen or so elite teams have ANY real chance to play in the national championship.  And they only allow a single nonBCS team to play in the BCS bowls because they HAVE to. So let's be honest.  Of the 120 teams in d-1 football, less than twenty have a chance for winning it all, even if they win every game (like Boise does, year after year). Everyone else is playing for consolation prizes.

Prove me wrong!

Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 7:04 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

i agree that the big ten wasnt much better than the WAC, but every year schools in the big ten play more ranked schools than schools in the WAC does.  and its not anyones fault to begin with, its just nobody whos affiliated with schools on the eastern part of the country are going to want to travel thousands of miles just to watch a game against a team that they really dont care about.  the reason why they are left out of BCS games is because they come from a conference that nobody knows much about because they are mostly crappy teams there just like in the mountain west and conference usa ect... and we all know that people dont want to watch teams that no one has ever heard of or ones that no one knows much about.  the BCS bowl games invite teams that they know people will watch becuase the more people watch, the higher the rating.  i agree that BSU is an underrated team, going 13-0 three years in five, but when its all said and done its not about politics, its about tv ratings and the most known teams bring in more than those that are not so much.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:54 pm 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

TCU/Boise St is one of the three best matchups of the Bowl season.  You have one of the most exciting offenses against the #1 defense in the country.  TCU controlled the line of scrimmage against OU, and held OU to a season low 35 points.  All on long pass plays, that Patterson admitted was his fault because he got cute instead of just playing his base defense.  If Boise beats TCU, and Utah beats Alabama, they both deserve top 5 status imo.

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