●Virginia Tech, which didn’t beat a single team ranked in the final BCS top 25 and was hammered twice by Clemson — whose other signature win was over 7-5 Auburn at home — gets a BCS bid and goes to the Sugar Bowl to play Michigan, which got the second Big Ten bid because its fans will travel to New Orleans.
●Oklahoma State and Stanford playing not with a national championship potentially on the line but with, wait for it, the Fiesta Bowl on the line. Oh, joy.
Boise State goes 11-1, is ranked ahead of Virginia Tech and Michigan in the final poll but gets nowhere near a BCS bid.
Even Kirk Herbstreit, who works for the network that partners with the BCS to try to give it legitimacy, ripped the Sugar Bowl selections. “Virginia Tech could not have looked worse in the ACC championship game,” Herbstreit said. “The BCS at-large selections have come down to which teams will fill the most hotel rooms. We can’t get Kellen Moore and Boise State into a BCS game?”
No, we can’t. Because Boise State isn’t in a BCS conference and the only way the Broncos or any other very good team that isn’t from one of those conferences can even have a chance is to go undefeated. Once Houston lost to Southern Mississippi in the Conference USA championship game Saturday, the fate of the non-BCS conferences was sealed. TCU? No way. Southern Mississippi? Houston? Or, for that matter, Baylor, which has the most exciting player in the country in quarterback Robert Griffin III? The Bears are in a BCS conference but, as Herbstreit noted, they don’t “travel,” like Virginia Tech or Michigan.
Clemson, Virginia Tech and West Virginia all belong in what used to be the Peach Bowl. Let them alternate possessions.
Of course, that won’t happen. The notion of college football picking a true national champion remains nothing more than a dream. Our long national nightmare continues.
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