BCS more meaningless than ever as smaller schools thrive 

God bless Texas Christian University senior wide receiver Jeremy Kerley for his attitude.

“Anybody would like a shot at the national championship,” Kerley said after TCU’s 21-19 Rose Bowl win over Wisconsin. “But you got to take what they give you. This is a great way to go out. Couldn’t ask for more.”

We’re sorry, Jeremy, but we can, and will, ask for more.

We are asking for something we will never receive, but that’s not going to stop us from asking. We want the Associated Press pollsters to do the right thing on Jan. 11 and declare TCU the No. 1 team in the country.

The coaches’ poll is contractually obligated to declare the winner of the Jan. 10 BCS game between Oregon and Auburn as champion, but the AP voters are under no such restriction. They are free to vote as their conscience dictates, and if they have any interest in fairness and true sporting competition, they will give the Horned Frogs half a national championship.

It’s the least they can do.

When the Horned Frogs beat the Big Ten’s best on New Year’s Day in Pasadena, they did more than just complete the greatest season in their school’s history. What they did was destroy the myth that smaller schools are unworthy of inclusion in the annual charade staged by the so-called BCS “super conferences.”

Boise State already tore gaping holes in that myth with its win over No. 8 ranked Oklahoma in the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, and again in the same bowl last year when they beat the same Horned Frogs team that took apart the Badgers on Saturday.

Now, with TCU completing a perfect 13-0 season with that Rose Bowl win, there is simply no defending the restrictive BCS system that stages expensive, elaborate exhibition games for wealthy schools in their “power conferences” while contributing nothing to the crowning of a true national champion.

TCU wasn’t alone, however, in annihilating any shred of credibility the BCS had left. The Big Ten, under the direction of Commissioner Jim “No Playoffs, Ever!” Delaney proved the worth of his “Leaders and Legends” with a New Year’s Day performance of historically bad proportions.

Michigan, Michigan State and Penn State each fell to SEC teams on Saturday, with the Wolverines and Spartans losing to Mississippi State and Alabama, respectively, by a combined score of 102-35. The Nittany Lions were manhandled by Florida, while Northwestern was no match for the Big 12’s Texas Tech. Add the Wisconsin loss to TCU to the mix, and one has to ask why the Big Ten is considered an elite conference at all.

While we’re at it, can we also ask how Connecticut, “champion” of the Big Least at 7-4, warranted an automatic bid to the lucrative Fiesta Bowl against Oklahoma? The Huskies weren’t one of the 40 best teams in America, and played like it in their 48-20 loss to the Sooners.

Of course, the BCS powers will continue to defend the “tradition” of the bowl system as justification for avoiding a playoff. And it’s true: Nothing says “tradition” quite like the 7-5 Northeast Nobodies taking on 6-6 Southern Irrelevance University in the “Insert Sponsor Name Here” Bowl.

Especially 30 of them.

Congratulations to the TCU Horned Frogs. You were not only perfect this season, but your performance in the Rose Bowl perfectly punctuated our point. No matter what happens between the Ducks and Tigers on Jan. 10, you have as much a claim to half a championship as they do.

Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at bfrantz@sfexaminer.com.

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