Regardless of who wins either of those conference champion-defining games, the possible match-ups in Tempe aren’t big draws. Whether or not the Big East should even have an automatic BCS bid is a legitimate question. Last year’s bludgeoning of the Connecticut Huskies by the Oklahoma Sooners sure was entertaining. The Florida Gators‘ 51-24 pummeling of the Cincinatti Bearcats the year prior was, too.
It’s time to let another league step up to bat for a BCS at-large bid: the Mid-American Conference.
On the surface, this may seem like trading one bunch of blowouts for another, but let’s say Georgia Tech upsets Florida State. Do you honestly believe that the Kent State Golden Flashes or Northern Illinois Huskies couldn’t beat the Yellow Jackets? Two Top 20 teams are playing for the MAC title this Friday. The Yellow Jackets are in their conference title game essentially because someone from the Coastal division has to show up.
Yes, Kent State lost to the Kentucky Wildcats…badly, but the Golden Flashes have already beaten Rutgers and have two running backs over 1,000 yards. You haven’t seen all this season has to offer until you see a Dri Archer kickoff return (so here you go).
Northern Illinois may have lost the Iowa Hawkeyes in the first game of their season, but they’re a dynamic team and fun to watch. The Huskies’ offensive staff clearly knows what they’re doing. They have a quarterback that has topped 2,700 yards passing, a running back that’s run for over 1,250 and a receiver that’s broken the 1,000 yard mark.
So the Huskies haven’t beaten a ranked team, big deal. Neither has Louisville or Rutgers.
The 2007 Fiesta Bowl will be remembered as a classic for many reasons, but primarily due to the underdog Boise State Broncos upending Oklahoma. College football needs that electricity in its biggest games and the Big East isn’t providing it. If the Golden Flashes win on Friday, there’s the possibility of them being ranked high enough for BCS bowl consideration.
If a change of pace from the Big East or a more feasible upset doesn’t sway the Powers That Be, they should pull up Twitter whenever two MAC teams play and see the hashtags fly. Fans make time to watch MACtion. Guaranteed ratings should be enough to warrant an experiment during the BCS’ last two years.
Brandon Cavanaugh is a college football columnist for Rant Sports and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter: @eightlaces