Posted on: September 19, 2009 3:41 pm

Another hit against the BCS argument

In last week's issue of Draft Slant, I tried to articulate in a small space an argument against the current BCS alignment that ignores the talents of the so-called weaker conferences of the WAC, Mountain West, MAC, etc.

With yet another upset this morning (MAC's Northern Illinois traveling to and beating Purdue), there is even more evidence that non-BCS teams are being unfairly kept from any chance at a National Championship or even truly big-time bowl game despite consistently beating the teams supposedly better than them.

The primary argument used by some, including ESPN color commentator Bob Davie during Boise State's victory over Oregon in Week One, was that the non-BCS teams simply lacked the talent necessary to handle an SEC or Big Ten (or any of the other BCS conferences) schedule. That the Boise States, Utahs, TCUs, and others of the non-BCS world took advantage of the emotion of playing the big boys to occassionally step up to the level of competition, but over the course of a season would shrink to mediocrity or perhaps even to the bottom.

With each victory against the big boys, however, the non-BCS teams continue to disprove this myth.

For the record, there have now been 11 "upsets" of teams from the "power" conferences from non-BCS teams...

Don't be surprised if there are a few others later this afternoon and evening...
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