Boise's Loss Upsetting, But So Is BCS

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Boise State's loss Friday against Nevada dashed their hopes of playing in a national title game this year. It's been a matter of debate in the college football world about whether the Bowl Championship Series is even fair to a school like Boise State. Host Scott Simon talks with Boise State University President Robert Kustra, who says the current BCS system makes it difficult for a team like his to ever win a national championship.

Statement from Bill Hancock, BCS Executive Director

"The BCS is the best way to match the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the bowl system.  Those bowl games provide lifetime memories for students, which is probably why 70.4 percent of players surveyed by ESPN the Magazine this summer said they prefer the current arrangement to a playoff.  College football gives fans the most meaningful regular season in sports, capped by a championship bowl game that is more popular than the Final Four, NBA playoffs or World Series.

"As Boise State coach Chris Peterson said to USA Today in January, "While I'm sure there are some ways to improve the current system, it has worked very well for Boise State. We've been to two BCS games in the past four years, and that would have been pretty much unheard of 10 years ago."

"The game of college football is doing great.  There’s no need to monkey with it."



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