Why does the Big East Still Have an Automatic BCS Bid?

There are a lot of embarrassing things about the BCS system. A 12-1 Boise State team that has two losses in almost four years will not play in a BCS bowl. A three way tie for the Big Ten title will leave a heartwarming one loss Michigan State team out of the marquee bowls. The same problem in the Big 12 will leave a dominant Oklahoma State out of the big games. Despite going undefeated and shellacking several ranked foes, TCU will not even get an opportunity to play for a title. I can go on and on and so can every other infuriated college football fan in the country. The truth is, though, that the absolute worst part of the BCS system is the automatic bids policy. Every year, at least one of the major conferences is weak and hardly deserves a BCS trip. However, while several conferences have had recent off years, none can rival the Big East.

The "Big East," a misnomer if ever there was one, has played little quality football in recent years. That may change with the addition of TCU in a few years but, for the moment, the whole conference is awful. In fact, there is little separating the Big East from Conference USA at this point. Don't believe me? Look at the statistics. A barely ranked West Virginia team will likely play in a BCS game this year as a result of its Big East championship and unranked 7-4 Connecticut came awfully close. Last year, Cincinnati had a good regular season but was absolutely annihilated by Florida in the Sugar Bowl and surrendered an incredible fifty one points. The year before that, a decent West Virginia team played in a BCS bowl and displaced two undefeated and deserving mid-major squads.

This year, the Big East's automatic bid will produce even more embarrassing consequences. No Big East team is likely to be ranked to end the season-and none of them deserve to be-yet one team will play in a top five bowl. It will play in that bowl instead of one loss Michigan State (in a tough Big Ten division), one loss Boise State, and two-loss LSU. For a Big East team to get an opportunity over any one of these teams is embarrassing; for all three to be left out is simply egregious. Put simply, the BCS needs to change its policies and, at the very least, eliminate the automatic bids. For now, a true playoff system remains unlikely but the BCS organizers could at least try to return some fairness to the game by eliminating this ridiculous policy.

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JAMES TOWNSEND after a Rutgers victory over Howard in a Big East game.
Thanks to The Fayj at flickr.com for this photo.

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