Brown: Great Teams Left Out Of BCS

No. 5 Texas is a BCS-caliber team that just happens to be playing in the Holiday Bowl. Peach Bowl-bowl Tennessee is of the same ilk while Washington State isn&#146;t too far off the pace. At least that is the perspective of head coach <B>Mack Brown</B> following Monday&#146;s practice at Denius Fields.

The attention lavished on BCS bowls and their participants overshadows other programs with equally impressive resumes, Brown contends. It only reinforces his desire that the BCS formula some day be used to seed teams for a college football playoff within the existing bowl structure.

"There’s so much talk nowadays about the final game and the BCS games only that I don’t think it’s fair to the other bowls," Brown said. "We’ve got some great bowls, and there’s a lot of great football teams playing in those bowls. Washington State came down to the last game (as a BCS contender before losing late to Washington). I hope we work a little bit more toward playoffs and still let the bowls have their place. We can celebrate a team that has a good year but doesn’t get to the playoffs and work out some system so that the playoffs wouldn’t be talking about one game but a number of games."

BCS officials are slated to convene in April to evaluate the system’s current structure but no large-scale adjustments are anticipated. While Brown is convinced most coaches now favor some sort of playoff, you would be hard-pressed to find more than a handful of Division-I university presidents who would support any type of post-season tournament.

"The only way we could have controlled being in the BCS is beat Oklahoma and win our conference championship," Brown said. "We didn’t do that and we knew the deal. Whether the system is fair or not, we knew the system. So, it’s on us. I think the guys understand. These are smart guys. They’ve overcome a lot this year."

The Horns are the highest rated team not to participate in a BCS game this season as well as the highest since No. 4 Kansas State was relegated to the Alamo Bowl after the Wildcats were upset in the 1998 Big 12 Championship.

Even so, Brown reports his troops are looking forward to the Holiday Bowl even though a sizable number of Orangebloods are less than enthused about a third trip to San Diego in four years.

"They’re not pouting. They’re not backing away from it. They’re excited about going to San Diego. It’s hard to gripe about a great bowl game. The ratings will be as good as anybody in the country with ESPN. I think it will be another great game."

The UT ticket office has sold approximately 6,000 of its allotment (11,500) of Holiday Bowl tickets while the Washington State athletic office reports that Cougar fans snapped up their share during the first week of sales. Texas processes requests only from season ticket holders during the better part of the first week of sales before distributing the remainder of its seats to the general public.

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