Sunday, January 2, 2011

TCU Wins The Rose Bowl

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The TCU Horned Frogs are unbeaten, untied, un-everything.

The No. 3 Horned Frogs (13-0) won a game for the ages against the No. 5 Wisconsin Badgers, 21-19, in the most prestigious of all the bowl games, which has become to be known as "The Granddaddy Of Them All".

Once upon a time, if you go unbeaten during the regular season and you go on to win the Rose Bowl, you would probably be declared national champion in 99.5 out of 100 times this scenario happened. This won't be the case for TCU but that's a story for another day.

All in all, it was a huge win for TCU, probably the biggest in school history and the ramifications of the win itself are probably bigger than TCU. It was a win for all the "little guys", the so-called "mid-majors", who are not automatic qualifiers in a BCS bowl game which are completely monopolized by the so-called "Power Six" conferences. For a school, like TCU, to play in a BCS bowl game, they would have to have a perfect season. Anything less is unacceptable. We just have to look at the case of the hard-luck Boise State Broncos who were a field goal away from a perfect season and a possible trip to the national title game and because of that one tough overtime loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack were completely eliminated from every BCS conversation and wound up playing in the "Whatchamacallit Bowl".

Had TCU suffered one loss, like Boise State did, they would have been sent into oblivion and probably would've played in the "Peanut Butter and Jelly Bowl". But the same rules didn't apply for one-loss Wisconsin since they play in the Big Ten Conference and get an automatic bid.

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Anyway, what the TCU win did was add more fuel to the age-old debate of whether there should be a playoff in college football. With TCU's win the mid-majors are now 5-2 in the last seven years in BCS bowl games, which includes two wins by Boise State (2006, 2009 Fiesta Bowls) and two wins by the Utah Utes (2004 Fiesta Bowl and the 2008 Sugar Bowl). So the point is, what Power Six conferences? These so-called "little guys" can play with the best of them.

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Personally, I'm not a fan of a playoff system but I do feel that rather than a "Power Six Conferences" it should be a "Power 8 Conferences". The Mountain West Conference and the WAC Conference should get automatic BCS bids. This way, schools like TCU and Boise State don't have the pressure of having to be perfect in order to get an at-large BCS bid. If this were the case then the 12-1 Broncos would probably be playing in the Orange Bowl tomorrow.


Why not make the Cotton Bowl a BCS bowl game? I'm still trying to figure out why the Cotton Bowl got hosed when this whole bowl coalition thing was concocted in the first place. If you add the Cotton Bowl to the mix, there would be room for a Mountain West and a WAC automatic bid and still have the two current at-large bids.

I think someone needs to remind the BCS hierarchy that, once upon a time, championships were won and lost at the Cotton Bowl (est. 1935) which is one of the oldest bowl games. Why they were squeezed out of this BCS thing will always be a mystery to me. No doubt.

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