One of college football's national semifinals will be played tonight. Few seem excited. West Virginia at Louisville is a matchup of unbeaten Big East teams, ranked third and fifth in the BCS.
The winner appears headed for a national-title showdown against the Ohio State-Michigan winner. And it's totally bogus. The Big East is a hybrid conference of old-Big East leftovers and Conference USA refugees. When Miami was stuck in a bad Big East, it loaded up its non-conference schedule. Florida State every year. Iowa, Arizona, Penn State, Colorado, Arizona State, Washington, UCLA. That's just in a five-year span from 1991-95. West Virginia, in particular, and Louisville haven't done that. Louisville at least played Miami; Louisville's other non-Big East foes were Kentucky, Temple, Kansas State and Middle Tennessee. West Virginia's five non-conference foes were much worse: Marshall, Eastern Washington, Maryland, East Carolina and Mississippi State. Only Maryland was a decent opponent. Does the Louisville-West Virginia winner deserve a national-title slot more than does a one-loss team that played a loaded schedule? If USC finishes 11-1, the Trojans will have defeated Arkansas, Nebraska, Notre Dame, California, Oregon, Washington State and UCLA. If Notre Dame finishes 11-1, the Irish will have defeated Georgia Tech, Penn State, UCLA and USC. If Florida finishes 12-1, the Gators will have defeated Tennessee, Georgia, LSU, Florida State and either Auburn, Arkansas or LSU again. If Auburn finishes 12-1, the Tigers will have defeated Washington State, LSU, Florida, Georgia and either Tennessee or Florida again. And we're about to put Louisville or West Virginia in the BCS' Big Bowl? It's time to call for the voters to revolt.
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