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CBSSports.com 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 CBSSports.com 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 Cleveland.com. "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.

Notes

... 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 CBSSports.com 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.

 

Comments

Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:52 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

To all of you BSU crybabies:  You get what you get and don't throw a fit.  Be happy that you are playing in a bowl game at all. 



Since: Jul 14, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:52 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

For all the people who say that teams don't want to schedule Boise State, answer me this.  How come Utah is able to schedule against Michigan and Oregon State, TCU manages to schedule Oklahoma, Fresno St schedules Wisconsin at home, and ECU is able to schedule Virginia Tech and at home against West Virginia?  All these good non-BCS teams are able to schedule tough teams but Boise State is only able to schedule Oregon, Bowling Green, Utah State and Idaho State?   Doesn't make sense to me. 

2nd of all.  If the Fiesta Bowl wasn't going to take Ohio State, they would take Utah before them, and there is no way the Sugar Bowl would take a WAC team again after last season's disaster. 



Since: Aug 6, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:44 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

As a Boise State fan and a resident of Idaho (about 60 miles from Boise) I was disappointed that Boise State did not get the spot in the BCS, but I was not surprised. All Boise State can do is beat who we play and we did that. Unfortuneately Ohio State is a bigger school and a bigger name and therefore will bring bigger money and better ratings than Boise State. Ohio State's premier win came against Michigan State and Boise State's premier win came at Oregon. Those two teams are probably about even as far as quality wins are concerned. The difference is that even a weak Michigan team (like the Wolverines were this year) is still considered a better win for a team than a solid Nevada team. It is just how college football is. Until Boise can schedule out of conference games to make up for the weak WAC teams, then we will have to take the best bowl we can get. The game against TCU should be great and even with lower rankings it should be far more competitive than watching Ohio State get run over by the Longhorns.Go Boise State!



Since: Oct 28, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:37 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

"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."

This statement is only partially true, and it's a knock on any team with a national fan base.  Yes, it is a fact that Ohio State fans travel better than almost any out there, and therefore spend lots of cash.  But if you think Boise State would do half as well against Texas' offense, you are insane.  Ohio State may not win, but this will not be a blowout.

Go Bucks!




Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:25 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

I find it funny that you guys are talking about how bad the ACC is. According to Sagarins rankings, the ACC is by far the strongest conference (You guys are using his ratings for strength of schedule, so you can't turn around and say his conference ratings don't matter). I would love for VT to play Boise State. I, personally, DON'T think Ohio St belongs this year. Their "strength of schedule" rating got boosted up by the two teams that beat the crap out of them, otherwise, how many bowl teams are on their schedule? Va tach played 8 games against bowl teams (BC twice), and has TEN bowl teams coming out of the ACC.......how many bowl teams are in the Big Ten?.....the Big East?...... the Pac 10?.....the SEC? It's not even close. We just spent all year beating the crap out of each other, like the SEC usually does. Ask the SEC teams if THEY think the ACC is weaker. If they think it is, they're not baseing it on fact.

The bottom line is...we need a playoff....otherwise, we'll just keep sound like a children's show (nuh-uh....uh-huh....nuh-uh....uh-hu

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Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:23 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

Ok, so if they are not scared to play away, why don't you travel and shut the Non-BCS teams up? Pretty easy to me and please don't tell me Florida, OU, Texas and the Suckeyes don't have money to travel.......

So again, WHY Boise State and other non BCS teams don't play a tougher schedule? Because they don't have the chance to. So is always easy for Florida and OU to ask The Citadel and Walla Walla State to be the punching bag than "risking" their reputations and going to lose to Boise. Until they travel and play away they can say whatever you want.




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:20 pm
 

Boise State and TCU not Ohio State

I dont have a problem seeing Ohio State go against Texas, considering they lost to probably the best team in the country USC..The problem I have is Boise State playing TCU. Nothing against TCU, but in order for Boise to start getting to the bigger bowls they need to schedule a couple powerhouses out of conference. It would be nearly impossible for Boise not to go if lets say they beat a Georgia, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Virginia tech out of conference, then they could have that big win.. Not taking anything from Boise because I think they could hange with those guys, it's their own fault. We wouldnt be having this talk though because most likely Boise would lose to those guys.



Since: Nov 4, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:17 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

Please spare me the 4th string QB crap.

a) The oregon defense has nothing to do with the QB and they took 30 plus points

b) that back up QB's in Oregon wacked the Beavers later on the season so please spare me the bull




Since: Dec 8, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2008 6:13 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

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Wow, you were right, the WAC wasn't MUCH worse than the Big Then this year. I mean 33% of the the big ten was totally ranked below 100... and if you want to complain about BCS teams not scheduling competition then you should really not bring tOSU into it seeing as how they went 2000 miles cross country to play USC. Take politics out of it and you see that tOSU played the same amount of top 10 teams this year as Boise played top 50. When one team loses a couple games to great teams and one team wins a bunch against no one, tie goes to the team who will bring the money.



Since: Jan 11, 2007
Posted on: December 8, 2008 5:48 pm
 

CBSSports.com 120 -- No BCS for No. 9 Boise

BSU has to be invited into the PAC 10, they can't just join. And yes they are trying to join a bigger confrence.


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