Monday, January 4, 2010

The BSC Bowl nobody wanted to see.

Monday night will bring the Fiesta Bowl showdown nobody wanted to see. Undefeated perennial non-BSC conference teams Boise St. and TCU will face each other in what's basically a boobie prize from the BCS this year. The sad truth is that this might be the best of the BCS bowl games this year.
Nobody was really looking for a Boise St./TCU match-up, especially since TCU beat Boise last year in the Poinsettia Bowl last year. Many fans want to see these "BCS Busters" actually face off against a BCS school. Instead, the BCS pulled this little stunt, and elsewhere giving fans the "greatness" of the snuff film known as Florida and Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl, and Georgia Tech and Iowa in the Orange Bowl. Insert either TCU or Boise in the places of Cincinnati and Iowa, and you'd get a more interesting match-up. Either school would certainly put up a bigger fight against Florida than the Brian Kelly-less Bearcats did.
If anything, this year's Fiesta Bowl shows college football's fatal flaw on display: its unwillingness to evolve to the changing times. Whether you can tell it or not the ancien regime is slowly changing. Look at a list of the "100 Largest Colleges and Universities" and you will see a lot of traditional NCAA football powerhouses like Texas and Florida. But you will also see a more than a few schools like the University of Central Florida, BYU, Utah, and yes, Texas Tech (sorry, but it couldn't be helped). Who's not on the list? Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Alabama.
Regionally, the states in the Mountain West and WAC are growing faster than many Big East or Big 10 states. Utah is the second fastest growing state in the Union, just in front of Texas. Michigan's at the bottom with a -0.33 percent loss.
The BCS was created to preserve the ancien regime. It ignores the changing reality of America and college football. That level of hubris is what's going to make it harder to respect the BCS as a legitimate entity in the future.

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