If the hijacking of the BCS conference call Sunday night is any indicator, the BCS' unpopularity is reaching a critical mass. Four prank calls got through.
One media member had the line of the night saying, "Sounds like White House security."
Now onto the serious stuff. The most curious aspect of the BCS matchups is the Fiesta selecting both Boise and TCU.
Reported here on Friday, that's the first time in the history of the BCS that two undefeated non-BCS teams have met.
"It certainly shows there's more access than ever before," said BCS administrator John Swofford.
Perhaps. It also keeps a BCS power in another bowl from being embarrassed by a non-traditional power if they schools were split up. If the Fiesta wanted to match two undefeated teams, why didn't it pick higher ranked Cincinnati to play against TCU? Turns out that Cincinnati is closer to New Orleans for the Sugar Bowl and TCU and Boise are more regional. So it wasn't all about matchup.
These two teams played last year in the Pointsettia Bowl. I'm still having a hard time believing this is a ratings winner for TV. Still, we've come a long way from Utah, Hawaii and Boise being poison pills for the big bowl guys. The Fiesta picked the Frogs and Broncos, it says, based in consulation with TV experts. Those consultants believe that the game will be a ratings winner. We'll see.
Here's the good ...
Two of the five remaining undefeated teams meet with TCU having an outside shot at sharing a national championship in the AP poll.
The bad ...
The BCS looks like it is ducking an embarrassment similar to last year when Alabama lost to Utah.
"The answer is clear, the bowl has its prerogative to choose its matchup," said Bill Hancock, the BCS executive director.