USC flattened Penn State 38-24 in yesterday’s Rose Bowl, the first major bowl game of the season. The rest of the big bowls stretch out through the week, leading up to the BCS national championship contest between Oklahoma and Florida. Oh yeah, there was the Orange Bowl last night, Virginia Tech’s weak, unimpressive win over Cincinnati, and probably the most egregious example of the failure of the BCS to produce, well, anything really. The Big East got into the BCS mix when Miami, Boston College and Virginia Tech were members, along with West Virginia, which has won two BCS games in the past four years. Now that the first three have gone to the ACC, unless West Virginia puts a strong team on the field, their conference tie in is somewhat weak.
Obviously, even with the continued failure to produce a national champion based on competition on the field rather than on speculation about strength of schedule, strength of conference and all of the other subjective mess, even the BCS sees the need to make some changes. I’d suggest adding two more bowl games to the mix and bringing in four more conferences–the MWC, the WAC, CUSA and the MAC. Bring in the Cotton Bowl and what used to be the Peach Bowl for their geographic balance and you would at least have the opportunity to settle things on the field.
For all the chatter this season, and the hollering about who was the best conference, the SEC or the Big 12, the answer is “neither one.” The Pac-10 will be the only conference that wins all its bowl berths, including an extremely interesting 3-0 score by Oregon State over Pitt in the Sun Bowl. And there is speculation that the AP poll, as it did several years ago when LSU beat Oklahoma to win the BCS in the Sugar Bowl, might give the national championship trophy that it awards to USC.