It’s official: No one wants to play in the NCAA’s mythical BCS championship game. In a college football season already rife with more inexplicable twists and turns than a 3 a.m. ride home with Lindsay Lohan, the past four weeks have taken a turn for the surreal.
In the past three days alone, top-ranked LSU and second-rated Kansas both gave away shots at the title game. Last week, it was then-No. 2 Oregon and No. 4 Oklahoma playing themselves right out of the championship picture with devastating losses. The previous week? Undefeated and top-ranked Ohio State dumped one to Illinois. And one week prior to the Buckeyes’ loss, it was No. 2 Boston College and No. 4 Arizona State, both previously unbeaten, who saw their championship dreams dashed.
It’s almost as if the best teams in the nation, uniformly disgusted with the NCAA’s archaic method of determining national championship participants, put their heads together and agreed to jumble the BCS standings beyond repair, thereby forcing university presidents and multi-billion dollar sponsors to join the 21st century and institute a national playoff system.
So with the top teams all falling by the wayside one week at a time, and with a boatload of flawed one- and two-loss teams scrambling to replace them for their own temporary stay in the Top 5 land of instant mediocrity, it’s time for someone to ask this question:
Why not Hawaii?
That’s right — why not give the undefeated "Don’t Call Us Rainbow!" Warriors an honest-to-goodness crack at the BCS championship? Hell, in a system as wack as Division I college football, how can the WAC champion be summarily dismissed as a worthy contender?
I know, I know — June Jones’ high-powered Warriors don’t play in one of the nation’s power conferences, right? They can’t possibly be measured on the same scale as the big boys from the Pac-10, Big 12, or Big Ten conferences. Why, they’d be run off the field if they ever had to match up with one of elite teams in the BCS title game, right? Sure. Just like the11 "elite" schools who lost games this season to unranked teams!
Yes, those smaller schools from less-sexy conferences surely can’t expect to play with the NCAA’s established football powerhouses. (Quick — how do you spell "Appalachian" again?)
Understand this: The Warriors have the highest-scoring offense in America, averaging more than 47 points per game. They’re No. 3 in total offense, rolling up over 528 yards every time they take the field. Their senior quarterback, Colt Brennan, just passed Ty Detmer as the all-time leader in touchdown passes in NCAA history. In short, Brennan’s Warriors often put up more points than Baron Davis’ do.
True, the list of victims in Hawaii’s 11-0 season to date does not read like a modern-day murderer’s row, but since when should that matter? The Warriors have beaten everyone that’s lined up across from them, and if Ohio State can schedule Akron, Kent State and Youngstown State as its nonconference meat-grinder, then Hawaii can be forgiven Northern Colorado, Louisiana Tech and Charleston Southern as theirs.
It should also be noted that the Warriors can count conference foe Fresno State among its conquests — a Bulldogs squad that just took apart the Big 12’s Kansas State on Saturday 45-29.
It’s time to bury this power conference nonsense once and for all. If they finish their perfect season with a win over Washington on Saturday, the Warriors deserve their shot.
Sports personality Bob Frantz is a regular contributor to The Examiner. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.