Ohio State President: TCU, Boise Don’t Deserve Title Shot

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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  • DisgustedwithOU

    OU Prez should keep his mouth shut and put up or shut up!

  • William Hairston

    i agree, go back to bowls. mythical national champions make more sense. then no school is marginalized, we can argue about who is number 1 by virtue of who we played. and its fun.
    in a playoff system, everyone loses but the winner. and in college, they are students first. only 1 in 1500 or more will get an nfl job.,

  • Elbert N. Edgenton

    Seems strange the president of Ohio State University putting down Boise State and TCU. No one wants to play either of these schools in any bowl game nor do they want to play them during the season. Evidence last year when Boise State and TCU had to play each other in a BCS game that really meant nothing. TCU should have played Cincinnati and Boise St. should have played Florida.That would would have shut everyone up.Because both TCU and Boise St. would have won those games.BCS is a shell game where big schools want their own playground and leave everyone else out.Winning a bowl game or any game is who is the best team that day, not on paper, but that day. Let Ohio State play either of these schools and they will have their helmets and butts handed to them. Boise has been begging for top ten schools to play them even at that schools home field. They will even do it as a one time game. No takers. Same with TCU who wants them on their schedule-no one. So with all due respect President Gee, you don’t know what you are talking about and if you want to prove they don’t belong, tell the BCS to put Ohio State in a BCS bowl game with them, sine you love the BCS so much.

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  • Mark C

    I agree the BCS doesn’t want another Utah beating Alabama like thy did a few years back

  • Bolivar

    Gee Pres… Why is it the buckeyes won’t schedule season games with either TCU or Boise State? Maybe you are intelligent afterall…

  • Money make people talk

    It’s all about GREED for the big schools… Notice that he never metions that every other Division in football has a playoff, and that every other sport in Division 1A has a playoff. But somehow you know it’s for the athletes to have this voting system.. I mean it’s not about the money.

    Man, this guy could be a stand in for Obama.

  • johnny hardan

    well what it is they are scared they will be beat down and everyone laugh in there damn face. and you are right it is greed and look where that gets them a lauging stalk for the great state of alabama, got BSU. i have yet to see ohio state go with no losses 3 years running or have a win record at home of 72-1 well why don;t you invite boise to play on your schedule next year so you can have at least one loss from a school you say does not belong there. that fool is silly

  • jack

    Who is he kidding what was Marshall and East Michigan aren’t they a 1AAA school and check Michigan schedule teams. maybe too many buckeyes fell on his head.
    A true champion system is the only fair way then watching all these crumby bowl games and 500 teams

  • grahawk

    High school teams and professional teams have playoffs so where is this slippery slope that Gee alludes to? It’s all about money, not academics. Gee couldn’t handle it if OSU got beat by TCU or Boise St. Remember a couple of years ago when Oklahoma got beat by Boise? He certainly remembers that game and the EGO can’t allow that.

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