To say I am giddy like a little school girl for my alma mater going 12-0 and either playing in the Rose Bowl or National Championship in all likelihood is an understatement.
Yes, I went to the "Little Sister of the Poor" school, TCU. I got absolutely nothing against the Ohio State football team or the school, but obviously I think what their chancellor said was just so absurd, espeically when our strength of schedule is pretty close to the same as theirs.
Now, before I get slammed at for my school not playing anybody, I will give you my stance.
I get that in most instances, a schedule of the Mountain West/non-AQ is typically not as difficult as a Big 10 schedule or SEC schedule, etc. Nobody is saying across the board that the MWC = or is better than those conference. I understand that.
I live in SEC country though, and I absolutely cannot stand the argument that us or Boise State or somebody who consistently puts up 10+ wins a season that "YOU ALL CAN'T SURVIVE THE GRIND OF A CONFERENCE LIKE THE SEC UNBLEMISHED!!!!" Well, no s**t Sherlock in all likelihood, nobody is suggesting that. The thing that nobody says about this, is that very few of the conference's own teams survive this grind as well, so it's a wasted argument in my opinion when you might only have 1 or 2 teams from your own conference go undefeated or just have 1 loss or whatever.
I absolutely hate that we have to treat a 5-point win against a very respectable opponent like a loss because of the conference we are in just because people do not either watch the game or understand what happened in the game/game flow, etc. The game I am referring to is our 40-35 win against San Diego State, a team that is currently 8-4, has only lost to teams like Missouri and Utah (both ranked) by only a field goal each, and a team that could crack the top-25 if they win their bowl game. They've lost all 4 games by a total of 14 points. They are currently ranked around 30th. That game our two best wide receivers got injured, one of our coaches suffered a heart attack, our starting running back got injured after his first carried. But to all, that goes on deaf ears and we get peanlized just because people look at the box score only. I never expected us to advance in the rankings after that win but it's stupid how we got penalized. I get it, but the rules and the BCS and the system stink.
How do you think MSU feels, doing just about everything right going 11-1 and being all but left out. It's not a fair system to both AQs and non-AQs.
Utah in 2007 going undefeated, and beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, and they didn't play for a National Championship. Auburn in 2004 went undefeated and didn't play for the NC. 5 teams were undefeated last season and 3 didn't play for a NC. Or how about 2007, when LSU and OSU playing for the National Championship with both 2 losses, basically like pulling names out of a magic hat?
Edited by SouthernWingsFan, 29 November 2010 - 09:39 PM.