I will not be seeing a has been power house go bowling. Have you noticed the ratings for these 6-6 teams played in bowl games? Dismal. People do not want to watch Notre Dame or teams like them.
Do you have any proof in either of these statements?
Here is the proof of the recent ratings for the bowl games.http://www.al.com/sports/birminghamnews ... xml&coll=2
If you noticed, one BCS bowl game the Orange Bowl ratings dipped big time. The second bowl game was the PapaJohn's Bowl game which also dipped a lot as well in viewerships. Guess what? The four teams playing in those bowl games were from the Big East and the ACC. The Utah thumping of Alabama gained a lot of viewership. I bet the TCU/Boise State game was also had rise in viewership as well. This tells you something in what I am pointing out that people will glue to the TV sets if the teams are a winner, not losers.
I will point out though that People DO watch a 'has been power go bowling.'
6-6 ND vs. Hawaii outdrew *on TV* the 9-3 Boise-ECU Hawaii game from the previous year. I'm not going to bring up attendance because Hawaii was in this year's game vs. last year. http://www.honoluluadvertiser.com/artic ... portsfront
People watch games for many reasons - matchups, what else is on TV, etc. I'm sure the ratings for the Boise-TCU game were up A LOT versus the previous year. But another part of the equation is *who* those teams are. The 2008 non-BCS vs. non-BCS Independence Bowl (7-5 La TEch vs. 6-6 No. Ill) lost ratings this year compared to the 2007 BCS-BCS (6-6 Alabama vs. 6-6 Colorado) matchup.
People prefer the 'power conferences' and even within that there is certainly a hierarchy. It's why the SEC and Big 10 get more TV money and better bowl games than the Big 12 (big 12 gets good bowl games though), ACC, and Pac 10 and so on.
As I said before, neither the BE nor the ACC (outside of a high ranked Miami and FSU) have teams which are going to draw viewers by themselves in these BCS games. The majority of ACC and all BE schools are complimentary teams for the BCS games - that's all.
Did you know that even though Boise and Hawaii were undefeated in those BCS games that those were among the worst rated BCS games too? Same with the Alabama-Utah - even though the Sugar was up from the previous year?http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2009/w ... index.html
The four BCS games so far to involve non-BCS teams have all been among the nine lowest-rated BCS games of the 45 played to date. The others have all involved an ACC and/or Big East team.