That's exactly the point. Ohio St. deserved a spot OVER Cincy and VPI. And Boise perhaps deserved a spot over them all. But the system gave the ACc and BE spots as well.
Freaked, et. al.,
While being predominantly an SEC fan, I believe those bloggers who are bashing the Big East and ACC for their BCS entries this year are a bit off course. The system would have allowed Boise State as an at-large selection. The BCS bowl did NOT have to take Ohio State. Cincinnati and VPI earned their bids by the system in place.
While particularly the ACC, and significantly the BE, showed a lot of parity; the ACC did place a load of teams in bowl games, external to the BCS. While neither conference produced that glamorous undefeated (or only once defeated) this year, it's not an indication they are crumbling by any means. The ACC wanted parity when they expanded; and they sure got it. Though FSU domination was further contained, none are rising to the top of the league without some battering. My opinion, the BE is taking chances with just 8 fb members. They had some good luck the last few years, having a team or two that produced very well.
Agree, MWC/WAC deserve better recognition. Certainly an undefeated Boise State team has firm arguments they are worthy.
As long as conferences are unequal in numbers, some having championship games while others don't; and politics and favoritism remains with the BCS selection process, the system will not be regarded as really fair.
If Boise State was added to the MWC, that may indeed push the BCS into giving the MWC an eventual auto-bid. It also, though, could further regulate those remaining teams in the WAC and CUSA to greater challenges in sustaining themselves.
There seems to be a hidden expectation that the end-of-regular season polls have 1 through 6 as champions of each BCS conference, and #s' 7 through 10 would all be prospects as clear conference runner-ups' and with no more than one as an undefeated team from one of the better non-BCS conferences. The chances of all that happening is exceedingly slim.