and 10-2 record automatically make a BCS Bowl? And why does Notre Dame, automatically jump to the top of the list? Wouldn't it be nice if the Irish had to play by the same rules as the rest of college football? SjT has his opinion, and a few ideas...
It's a nice dream, but as long as they have their own network hype machine and special exceptions for B(C)S games, they'll be different. Too bad, because if you take away the "Notre Dame" name, they'd be sniffing the BCS as much this year as BYU or Hawaii are right now.
What the Big Ten needs to lobby more for is some equity in the league.
The BCS has had rematches before and more than one Big XII team has made the title game despite not winning its league (or in one case, division) AND getting blown out more than 42-39 in their final game. But there just seems to be a much more concentrated effort this year to keep Michigan out of that title game. Yeah, you can make a case for SC or Florida, but neither is clearly more deserving than the Wolverines and yet for two-plus weeks we've been hearing that the loser of OSU-Michigan should be out of the running, no doubt.
And then there's the matter of Wisconsin, which is being overlooked in all the BC-Mess. With an upset or two next week, they could very well move into the top four in the standings. An 11-1, top five team from the Big Ten with name recognition and a horde of fans who will fill seats that's NOT in the B(C)S? Now that's ridiculous!
I also wonder if the Big Ten isn't being hurt by ending the season so early. Each team had 12 straight weeks of games with no byes this year in order to get done by Thanksgiving weekend. We're not going to have a title game, but maybe we could at least do what the Pac 10 and Big East have done and space a few games out so that games like Stanford-Cal, Rutgers-WVU and SC-UCLA are played next weekend?
It kind of worked out well for the league this year because we know we'll have two BCS teams so we can fill in the other bowl slots, but most years we're in the race for a second BCS slot and we have to wait the extra three weeks to make travel plans anyway, so why not space out some games and not allow our teams to grow cold for two months and disappear from the spotlight?
Imagine the hype if there were two weeks before OSU-Michigan?
Or if Wisconsin had another game left for people to watch and see if they deserved a top 5 ranking?
I'm not wild that the season has grown so long, but as long as it's stretched into early December, why rush 12 games in 12 weeks with no byes to heal/rest up and exit the stage so early, just as the national focus is shifting even more to the college game?
Who knows - it might give us more flexibility to schedule some good nonconference games outside of September as well?
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