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.

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About LS

I'm 56, happily married for 25 years, B.A., M.A., career educator with experience in education as a teacher and administrator, native Arizonan living in Pennsylvania, working on a PhD and a big fan of the Arizona Wildcats, mainly in football and basketball.

3 responses

  1. Jack Matthews says:

    The AP might just give that other trophy to Utah, which rolled the Tide last night.

  2. Ken Coffee says:

    You cannot be serious about the PAC 10 being better than the SEC and Big 12. They may win all their bowl games, but their level of competition dose snot merit your consideration. The great travesty this year is that Utah did not play for the national championship. They are the only undefeated D-1 team. The AP might just give them their national championship, and the once again you have a split between Utah and the winner of the Oklahoma/Florida game. The only fair thing would be to let Utah play the winner.

  3. Lee says:

    The Pac-10 teams defeated all of their Big 12 opponents this year including the bowl game matchup between the two conferences. The only matchup they had with the SEC this year was Georgia-Arizona State, and Georgia, ranked #1 in the nation at the time, and favored to win the SEC, struggled to beat an ASU team that finished 5-7 and in sixth place in the Pac. Head to head, the top five teams in the Pac-10 were, IMHO, better than the top five in either the Big 12 or SEC, and I don’t think there is a team in the country that could beat USC. The Pac-10 struggles with this every year because they play in the Pacific time zone, and thus the influential sports press in the East, and even in the central time zone, does not see them play. I stayed up until 2:00 a.m. on a couple of occasions to watch Arizona play a couple of times because they start at 8:00 p.m. and during football season, they are on Pacific time, two hours earlier than we are.

    Utah suffers from the same kind of lack of coverage. The Utes beat Alabama on every side of the ball, a total defeat worse in just about every way than the one Florida handed them a couple of weeks ago. Utah is in a non-BCS conference, however, though that is also because of media bias, and that is the only reason they were not in the championship game. The same applies to Boise State. Fairness, it seems to me, would be to include both the WAC, from which Boise State came, and the Mountain West Conference, with Utah, in the BCS mix along with CUSA and the MAC, both of which produced teams capable of beating the best of the other conferences, add two bowl games and work out some kind of system with perhaps two additional playoff games and one championship after the bowl season is over.