Peter Hunt wrote:
Marquee are schools that can in most years be considered in discussions to play for the BCS national championship.
Hasn't Boise State been in that discussion for many years??? Sure they only played in the Mountain West and the WAC in the last few years, but I consider them a Marquee team. I think they have a good enough resume. Am I the only one who thinks this?
Peter Hunt, Boise State may have been in discussion for BCS at large bids, the school was never in a serious discussion at the end of the season of making the final two BCS bids to play for the national championship in most years.
This is the difference in the new BCS four team playoff compared to the previous BCS which contained AQ conferences and at large bids.
The four team playoff is an extension the original purpose of the BCS to select the best two teams to play for the BCS championship. The only difference there is now four slots available. I do not see Boise State in discussions for these four spots in the same manner you will hear or see LSU, Alabama, Oklahoma, USC.
Where the similarities are the same in the new BCS four team playoff is with the six contract bowls. In previous years, Boise State would have been in discussion to get one of those at large or contract bowls slots. The problem with the new Big East is there is no longer AQ status and the Big East does not have a tie in to one of these six contract bowls.
This statement alone places all future Big East schools out of consideration as a marquee school. If any of the future Big East football schools were truly marquee each contract bowl spot available would be getting in line to potentially get one of these schools to participate in their bowl.
Boise State is just not one of these marquee type programs and the Big East ability to gain one of these tie with the new contract bowl just reiterates this fact. It is what it is.