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.