Monday, November 29, 2010

The Big East Doesn't Deserve BCS Recognition

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Let's face it folks, the Big East conference is weak. Weak with a capital W. Their credibility as a power conference is fading and fading fast. Of the Power 6 conferences, the Big East ranks, by far, dead last. No question about it.

And the sad part about it is they get an automatic bid to a BCS bowl game. An undeserved automatic bid.

Now why should they?

In my opinion, the WAC conference (which is the home of Boise State, Nevada, Hawaii and Fresno State) and the Mountain West conference (home of TCU, Utah and Air Force) are much more deserving.

So far this season the Big East has had one team in the Top 25-- the West Virginia Mountaineers. Well, two if you count the Pitt Panthers who were the preseason No. 15, but after their week one loss were ousted from the polls and have never returned. The Mountaineers themselves have been in and out of the Top 25 and have never been ranked higher than No. 20. That's correct, #20.

Is this a power conference?

West Virginia has spent a total of 7 weeks in the Top 25 and most of it was early in the season when they got off to a 3-0 start. As soon as they lost their first game they were ousted from all major polls and only made sporadic returns. Currently they are No. 24 after a 5 week hiatus.

As for the WAC and Mountain West, both conferences have had 3 teams apiece in the Top 25 and two teams have been in the national title hunt.

The TCU Horned Frogs are ranked No. 3 and still have a shot at the national title game. The Boise State Broncos had been in the Top 5 and in the national title picture all year long until this week when they lost to the Nevada Wolf Pack in overtime. Nevada, themselves, have been consistently in the Top 25 all season long.

The Utah Utes have also been in the Top 25 all season long and have been ranked as high as No. 5.

So why are the automatic bids etched in stone? Why must an undeserving conference get one no matter what?

Why the Big East?

They haven't had any credibility for a few years. I mean, even when the Cincinnati Bearcats were having their run nobody thought much of them. Case in point was last year when they were sent to the Sugar Bowl (much to the reluctance of the Sugar Bowl I'm sure) and got their butts kicked by the Florida Gators, 51-24.

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And teams from the WAC and Mountain West actually do very well when given a chance in BCS bowl games. Here's their record so far:

2004 Fiesta Bowl: Utah 35 - Pittsburgh 7
2006 Fiesta Bowl: Boise State 43 - Oklahoma 42
2007 Sugar Bowl: Georgia 41 - Hawaii 10
2008 Sugar Bowl: Utah 31 - Alabama 17
2009 Fiesta Bowl: Boise State 17 - TCU 10

As we can see, teams from the WAC and Mountain West are 4-2 in BCS bowl games and if we exclude last year's Fiesta Bowl where Boise State and TCU were paired off to play each other, only Hawaii has lost it's BCS bowl game to a Power 6 conference team.

So is the system unfair. You betcha!

I say, run the Big East out of town. Their days are over.

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