COLUMBUS, OHIO (AP/CBSDFW) – Even if TCU and Boise State run the table, they still don’t deserve to be in the Bowl Championship Series title game, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee said Wednesday.
In an interview with The Associated Press, the president of the university with the largest athletic program in the country said that TCU and Boise State do not face a difficult enough schedule to play in the national championship game.
“Well, I don’t know enough about the Xs and Os of college football,” said Gee, formerly the president at West Virginia, Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there’s some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to (be) in the big ballgame.”
TCU, currently ranked #3 in the BCS standings, is 11-0. Among the teams the Frogs have beaten this year are Oregon State, Baylor, and Utah, which is currently ranked #20 in the BCS. TCU has the nation’s top scoring defense and #6 scoring offense.
Boise State is also undefeated. The Broncos have the nation’s #2 scoring defense and #2 scoring offense and are ranked fourth in the BCS.
Ohio State, eighth in the BCS, is 10-1. It lost to Wisconsin, currently #7 in the BCS. The Buckeyes big wins include 24th-ranked Iowa and unranked Miami. Ohio State’s scoring defense is fifth in the country and its scoring offense is ninth.
Gee, long an admirer of the BCS and the current bowl system, said he was against a playoff in the Football Bowl Subdivision.
“If you put a gun to my head and said, ‘What are you going to do about a playoff system (if) the BCS system as it now exists goes away?’ I would vote immediately to go back to the bowl system,” he said.
TCU athletic director Chris Del Conte defended the Horned Frogs’ unblemished record to CBSSPORTS.COM Wednesday afternoon. “We only worry about our house and what we do at TCU,” he said.
TCU has earned an opportunity to at least be considered to play in the national championship game, Del Conte said. “We go through the gantlet every single day.”
“We have a wonderful coach, a great football program and at this point in time, we’re undefeated heading in the right direction,” he said. “Look at our overall body of work the last 10 years — it stacks up against anybody.”
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