Posted on: October 7, 2011 12:14 pm

Big East reduced to WVU, Potsie and Ralph Malph

As if it hasn't jumped the shark already ... if the BCS doesn't take away the automatic bid from the Big East for the 2012 season, I'd ask the following:

Who's running the BCS? Arthur Fonzarelli?

Listen, I live in Cincinnati and don't enjoy the watering down of my own backyard football program, but facts are facts. And the fact is, the Big East probably didn't deserve a BCS bid at full strength -- and the Big East definitely won't deserve a BCS bid next year, barring something crazy like Notre Dame (or Texas) joining.

And since the Big East is looking instead at schools like East Carolina, Central Florida and Memphis ... well, there you have it. This is not a BCS league.

This is not even the Mountain West.

No offense to you, Mountain West.

And no offense to you, either, West Virginia. The Mountaineers deserve better than to be in such a weakened league, but that's where West Virginia is. Surrounded by mediocre, at best, football schools. And West Virginia plus a whole host of mediocre football schools does not equal a BCS bid.

I mean, that's not an even an opinion.

That's a fact.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, Big East, Fonzie
Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:02 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

The right team won the BCS title game. Make no mistake about that. Auburn was, in my opinion anyway, the better team and the title game ended with Auburn ahead of Oregon. So the right team won.

And the game was close. The fourth quarter was exciting. The Oregon touchdown and two-point conversion, Michael Dyer's rolling run, the replay review of the touchdown that wasn't, then the field goal on the last play? Beautiful. Thrilling.

So the right team won a game that was close. And still I'm complaining about the 2011 BCS title game?

You damn right. Because that wasn't Auburn. And that wasn't Oregon. Likewise, that wasn't Cam Newton, and it wasn't even Darron Thomas. Not the Newton and Thomas we saw all year, leading their teams to perfect seasons with near-perfect play at quarterback.

Cam Newton and Darron Thomas were decent Monday night. That's all. Decent. They were hit-or-miss. And so were their teams. They were decent. Hit-or-miss.

They were rusty, is what they were. Rusty, not sharp, whatever euphemism you prefer to describe a couple of teams that basically played every week for three months ... and then took off five weeks before playing the biggest game of the season.

And this happens almost every year.

Sometimes, both teams are rusty and out of whack. That was the case Monday, and also two years ago when loaded Florida and loaded Oklahoma played an utterly forgettable game, stylistically. Sometimes, even worse, only one of the teams is rusty and out of whack. That has produced scores like USC 55, Oklahoma 19 in 2005; and Florida 41, Ohio State 14 in 2007.

It keeps happening, dream games being turned into stylistic nightmares, and it's fixable. That's the most frustrating part about this. It's fixable, and not with something as drastic as a playoff (which is the ultimate goal, of course).

It's fixable with a tweak to the schedule.

Start the college football season a month later, in late September -- which is when some schools actually begin fall classes, if you didn't know -- instead of late August.

Or, since we all want our football in late August, here's a better idea: Give teams more off weeks. Instead of one Saturday off all season, give them one off week a month. That would stretch the season to mid-December, and better yet it would keep teams healthier, which would improve the product. Let the teams play until about Dec. 20, and then schedule the bowls two weeks later.

Television would hate it, but screw that. The tail has wagged the dog long enough. Pipe down, TV. You're not the dog, you're the tail. Sit there and shut up.

A two-week window between the regular season and the bowls would allow fans to purchase airfare with a week or even 14-day window, which is required to save money.

You: But final exams are mid-December! The players can't play football then!

Me: Don't be naïve. You sound silly. Anyway, look over there! There's some pie in the sky! Go eat some!

As for the BCS title game, something has to be done. When that game suffers, college football suffers. And we, the fans, suffer. This could be fixed, and if ESPN and the other networks kick and scream, the heck with 'em. Drag them kicking and screaming into the future. College football doesn't serve them. It should be the other way around.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS
Posted on: January 10, 2011 3:50 pm

We need some new experts

CBSSports.com has five experts picking the BCS national title game between Auburn and Oregon, and none of those experts is named "Gregg Doyel."

Strike one.

Four of those five experts are picking Oregon.

Strike two.

What's strike three? There is no strike three, other than that 80-percent prediction rate for Oregon over Auburn. That's strike two and three. We're out. The only one of us who picked Auburn to win was Dennis Dodd, but he's our college football columnist. He's our most expert expert, at least since I'm not on that panel, and he picked Auburn to win 41-31. Because he's smart like that.

Picking Auburn is a no-brainer. The Tigers played a brutal schedule, navigated most of it with ease, and they'll have the best player on the field. Think back to the 2006 Rose Bowl, Texas vs. Southern Cal. While it's true that USC had two players in that game who did or would win the Heisman Trophy -- Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart -- Texas quarterback Vince Young was the best player on the field. And that's why his team won in an offensive shootout.

Five years later, the same thing will happen. Cam Newton is the best player on the field. His team will win the offensive shootout.

I'm as sure of this as I was of the last BCS title game I picked, between Florida and Oklahoma in 2009. Don't click that link.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS
Posted on: September 8, 2009 4:42 pm

BCS needs to address its Big East issue

If this week's polls are any indication of the kind of season on tap in college football, the BCS is about to get embarrassed. Badly.

The Big East, a member of the BCS, has one ranked team ... No. 23 Cincinnati.

The Mountain West, a non-member of the BCS, has three ranked teams: No. 9 BYU, No. 16 TCU and No. 17 Utah.

Yet the winner of the Big East is guaranteed a spot in the BCS bowls, while the winner of the Mountain West is not. That's a problem, if this week's polls are any indication of the kind of season that takes place.

And the ACC isn't very good either. By the way.

I still don't like Boise State, even undefeated in December, as a national title contender. Not when its best win all season could end up being against an Oregon team that is now unranked.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS
Posted on: September 3, 2009 7:14 am
Edited on: September 3, 2009 8:13 am

Boise State is unworthy, and this is why

If Boise State beats Oregon State tonight, the Broncos are a safe bet to finish the regular season undefeated, and therefore in position to create another BCS controversy.

Which is absolute dung.

In the college football that I know and love, there are no "safe bets" to run the season and finish it undefeated if you win your first game. That's nonsense, but that's the reality for Boise State. Which means Boise State is nonsense.

Boise State as a national title contender, I mean.

Pick a school from a BCS conference. Georgia, Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, USC, Ohio State, (OK, don't pick one from the Big East. That league sucks.) If any of those teams wins their first game, are they a safe bet to run the table? Of course not.

Boise State is, but only because Boise State's schedule includes Miami (Ohio) and Nevada and something called UC Davis. Georgia plays Florida. Oklahoma plays Texas. USC plays Ohio State. And there are plenty more tough games where those came from.

Boise State is a nice story, and probably a pretty good football team. But Boise State as a national title contender? Come on. You don't really believe it, right?
Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS, Boise State
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