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Week 8 Thoughts - Big East In The BCS - UGH

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Posted Oct 24, 2011


Oh yippee, the Big East is going to put a team into the BCS again.


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- Cirminiello: Stanford deserves a better ranking
- Fiutak: Why is Texas Tech ranked behind OU?
- Harrison: Notre Dame still hasn't arrived  
- Johnson: Stanford proved it's a powerhouse
- Zemek: The Big East in the BCS ... UGH
 
By Matt Zemek

Arguments, lamentations, jeremiads, stemwinders, sermons, diatribes, hellfire raisings, and other dramatic speeches – they’ve all been launched against the misbegotten and unsatisfactorily reformed Bowl Championship Series since this monstrosity began in 1998.

In the early years of the 21st century, when this creature was still new, it seemed entirely reasonable, even necessary, to rail against the beast in the hopes of seeing reform when the third BCS rotation began in the 2006 season.

When that ship sailed, much of the momentum of the reformist movement – you could have called it “Occupy Roy Kramer’s And Jim Delany’s Souls” – died on the spot. Now, with conference realignment in full whirl and Delany – the most persistent and powerful defender of a “BCS-just-as-it-is-with-no-tweaks” reality – heading toward retirement, it’s increasingly possible that in 2014, the new rotation of BCS games might not ever exist.

College football could move past the BCS in the reshaped incarnation that has yet to fully emerge… but will almost certainly have Missouri in the SEC. Given this situation, one can only point out – quietly, with the sobriety and plainness of a person who beholds the smoldering wreckage of a massive accident in the recent past – that the BCS continues to hurt college football.

A lot.

You don’t need any lengthy, anguished explanations this time.

You don’t need complex argumentation or far-reaching historical analysis this time.

You don’t need long, meandering rants about computers or examples of tainted (mythical) BCS title games this time.

You don’t need anything more than this to realize how badly the BCS has hurt – and continues to destroy - college football: The Big East is at it again, as surely as the leaves turn this time of year. Connecticut 2010 will be followed by a similarly unworthy BCS bowl entrant in 2011. This much is certain and sealed after Friday night’s double calamity for the league, a league that is trying to add a bunch of service academies and Conference USA schools (plus Boise State, the one addition that makes sense) to supposedly beef up its football brand.

Seeing first-place Rutgers and purportedly credentialed West Virginia crash and burn has put the Big East in 2010 territory – it’s not too early to say as much. Cincinnati got whacked by 22 points at Tennessee earlier in the season; South Florida got crushed by Pittsburgh and lost at Connecticut. There isn’t one team in the league with an impressive overall resume… and there won’t be. South Florida won at Notre Dame but threw away that win with its recent face-plants. West Virginia pushed LSU for three quarters but then failed to show up – or cover a tight end – against Syracuse. Yet, the Big East champion – the team that emerges from a mess of mediocre mush – will be given a BCS ticket over and against the likes of Arkansas and other third-place teams from power conferences.

That’s all that needs to be said about the Bowl Championship Series. The annual “someone will certifiably steal a BCS bowl bid” column, a drearily predictable part of any college football scribe’s existence, has been written well before the end of November.

Pathetic, Roy Kramer. Pathetic, Jim Delany. We hope you’ve enjoyed hurting college football since 1998.

- Cirminiello: Stanford deserves a better ranking
- Fiutak: Why is Texas Tech ranked behind OU?
- Harrison: Notre Dame still hasn't arrived  
- Johnson: Stanford proved it's a powerhouse
- Zemek: The Big East in the BCS ... UGH