This thread ask the question: "Which 'mid majors' belong with the 'big boys'?"
Most non BCS schools would not be competitive in a BCS conference, but some would. This thread is to discuss which programs would.
Marshall and So. Miss have proven themselves over time. Louiseville and Cincinnatti have had some good years. CO St and some of the MWC have had some good years. I believe BYU has lost some luster, but they may be able to come back.
Frankly, IMHO, most of the rest don't deserve a shot at a national championship. Winning a non BCS conference should not be worth much (IMHO) unless the team also beats someone good. Winning a BCS conference usually requires you to beat at least 1 good team and several decent teams. Of course, if some SBC champ beat 2 or 3 top 20 teams ooc, then they would definately deserve a shot!(Of course if cows could fly... ;))
Which teams would you chose?
P.S. I didn't mean to hurt anyones feeling with this post, and I won't be offended by a flame. Just please keep the language G rated.
No feelings hurt, FBfan. 8-)
Besides the teams you mentioned, other midmajors that are capable of competing with the big boys would be as follows:
1. UCF (They beat Alabama and gave Auburn all they wanted and then some!!)
2. Louisiana Tech: clearly the second best team in the state of Louisiana.
3. Fresno State: like Marshall and Southern Miss, the Bulldogs have proven themselves worthy.
4. UNLV- a few years ago, this team would not have even made my list, but their hiring of former USC coach John Robinson has made the Rebels very competitive.
5. Air Force- best service academy out there.
6. Toledo- a very underrated MAC Team you don't hear a lot about.
7. Miami (Oh)- ditto.
8. Texas Christian- Horned Frogs are a power on the rise.
9. East Carolina- a proven mid-major, ala' Louisville and USM.
Boise State might make my list in a few years. I want to see just how stable that program is first.