Several months ago, I offered some pretty harsh criticism of the BCS football situation and how schools like Boise State University, Texas Christian (TCU), University of Utah, Brigham Young and others are frozen out of the big money and national BCS bowl games regardless of their records.

Take that harsh criticism and double it!

One of the raps on these teams has been the toughness …or wimpiness … of their regular season schedules. Especially in the case of Boise State. To some extent, that criticism has been accurate. I’ve long wished Boise State, for example, would break out of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC) and go up a couple of steps.

Well, sports fans, if the phoniness of the BCS business has never been accurately portrayed, have I got some facts for you.

In the last couple of weeks, WAC Commissioner Karl Benson and an ESPN representative with a national television contract and BIG money in hand have been contacting some of the top names in college football to try to get Boise State on their 2011 schedules.

Benson won’t say who he contacted, just that he and ESPN talked to about 10 schools. But it’s widely known the only major teams with 2011 schedule openings at this point are Michigan, Oklahoma, Arizona, Texas A&M, Alabama, Texas and Oklahoma State and a few smaller names. Now, that includes some major players!

Benson was offering national television exposure and money, BSU would go to the other school’s stadium with no requirement to play a return game in Boise and pretty much a blank check.

Not one school would play. Not one!

It appears they all looked at the 2009 fortunes of the University of Oregon and said, “No.” Then the phone went dead.

Here’s where the crux of the problem is with the BCS screwing up college football. Oregon played BSU on the blue turf in Boise in the season opener for both schools. Boise State won. Now, no matter what Oregon does with it’s very fine team, it can’t be ranked higher in BCS listings than Boise State if Boise State finishes the season unbeaten. Which looks likely.

So when a little nowhere western school comes knocking on the door at Alabama with cash in hand, a national TV contract and literally offering to be a doormat for the Crimson Tide, Alabama figures if what happened to Oregon happens to them, they’re out of a title shot right off the bat!

Same for the other nine or so university programs contacted. They’re all afraid to take on this little football program from a nowhere western school. ‘Cause if that program is as good as it looks (and it is), well, title hopes, rankings and maybe even the coach’s contract will be on the line.

The most often used route to the BCS finals is by winning the games on your schedule, conference or not. A win is a win is a win. That’s been the rule forever. But, when you throw in this BCS twist, good programs at Boise State, Utah, BYU, TCU and others are out in the cold. They’re good teams. But the big schools figure maybe they’re too good.

So along come the critics saying “Oh, they’re good teams alright, these little programs. But just look at their schedules. They don’t play ‘anyone’ tough.”

At the same time, BCS managers have twisted and turned and perverted their own rules to get some teams into the big money finals. When it suits them, some schools are ranked better than their records. Check out USC this week, for example. Given it’s two loss ‘09 season so far, USC shouldn’t be in the top 20. Yet, they’re number 12!

I don’t know who the idiots were that scheduled Oregon and BSU to meet in their first games of the season. It was a terrible decision given the excellent programs at both schools. That kind of match up you save for mid-season after both teams have had a chance to work out the kinks and play the kinds of games they’re capable of. Imagine what a match-up between those two would look like in November! Wow!

The BCS concept is rife with problems. The Broncos are pointing out a major one. As a result, they are in what seems to be a no-win spot: criticized for who they play while no major team will take them on, even with a blank check.

Can anyone say “national playoffs?”

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