Last evening, Boise State and TCU matched up in a very lackluster Fiesta Bowl rumble of unbeaten teams. These teams were both hosed by the BCS system and neither got the shot they deserved at respect. People will say, sure Boise went 14 and 0, but they did not knock off a major SEC or Big 12 team in the bowl season. Well you know what, Boise had a fantastic year and deserves more respect, but they will not get it.
As we have become accustomed to with Boise in big games, a trick play was the difference maker. The trick play, called, “Riddler,” on a 4th and 9, was executed to perfection and really stunned the Horned Frogs. Now was the actual game a great game? No not really. It was a game where 2 of the top 5 offenses in the country sputtered offensively throughout. Points and yards were few and far to come by. This made for a close game, but not the most entertaining of sporting spectacles.
The MVP in my eyes has to be the Boise punter Brotzman. Not only did he execute “Riddler” to perfection and complete a 29 yard pass, he pinned TCU at their one yard line with a great punt late in the 4th. In a game like this, where both teams were struggling offensively, field position and special teams are that much more important. Boise won the battle of special teams and won the game.
In my opinion, this game demonstrates a couple of main reasons why there needs to be a playoff. First of all, both of these undefeated teams, from non BCS conferences were matched up. So the BCS system was able to protect itself, giving neither of these teams an opportunity to knock off one of the so-called BCS “Big Boys.” Is this really fair to either of these fine football teams? Secondly, the BCS bowls create nearly a month layoffs for these teams. With a month layoff, teams lose a lot of the offensive rhythm and fluidity that they had developed down the stretch of the regular season. Both of these teams were averaging over 40 points a game coming into the Fiesta Bowl. Together, they mustered just 27 points combined in this one.
Please provide a playoff soon College Football. This way, there will be no arguments on who belongs in the championship game and who the true champion is (or at least less arguments than there are now). It will also get rid of the ridiculous break between the last regular season game and bowl game that leads to many teams not playing the way that they are capable of. A playoff would appeal to fans more than the system already in place. There has to be a way to make more money with more fan appeal.
After all, isn’t the BCS system and College Football about money?
Stay tuned for the next edition of Sportskraze.