The BCS system is unfair to lower conferences
GG, I think you are absolutely wrong, and let me tell you why:
The only tradional 1A conferences are the ACC, SEC, Big Ten, Pac-10, and Big XII (an expanded Big 8, no matter what they say). Every other school in 1A either:
--has recently joined a conference for bowl tie-ins
--has recently joined 1A
--is a member of an old conference that used to be a 1AA conference (MAC)
--used to be a member of a traditional conference and chose to leave.
--used to be a member of a traditional conference until it imploded, upon which some members of the conference abandoned them (SMU, TCU, Houston, Rice)
The BCS allows for two at-large teams. Right now, there are 63 teams "in" the BCS picture. That leaves 54 teams "out" of the picture. Every day each of those 54 has a constant choice between the following two:
A) Stay in the present conference, accept a relatively low strength of schedule, and moderate bowl tie-ins.
B) Drop out of the conference, declare independence, compile the toughest schedule possible.
Choice A guarantees the schools a little money--a safety net, if you will.
Choice B guarantees nothing, but allows more freedom and the guarantee that, if the school schedules a tough schedule and beats elite teams, they will be considered for the BCS.
Tulane played 8 Conf-USA games and went undefeated. Big deal.
Marshall went undefeated with 9 MAC games. Who cares?
Tulane was independent for almost 40 years--if they were independent and went undefeated against an acceptable schedule, you'd see them playing at home for the national championship this year.
If the BCS isn't fair, none of the 54 "have-nots" are in a position to say so.
Most of the 54 were independent to begin with. The BCS bowls were created by
the traditional conferences, for
the traditional conferences. The fact that they have opened the door 25%
is more than a small favor to the schools that left them (Tulane) and no more than a favor to everyone else.
It's up to you to get your own piece of the pie. It isn't up to the Pac-10 or SEC etc. Schedule a tough schedule and win--that's the only way in.