Chris Petersen Rips BCS: Boise State Coach Says, 'I Don't Know Who It Makes Sense To'
Chris Petersen's Boise State Bronco's may be going to Las Vegas in a couple of weeks, but it certainly isn't because they're lucky.
Although the Broncos finished seventh in the BCS standings, because they didn't win their conference, they have been relegated to playing in a lower tier bowl game against a team that already fired its head coach in Arizona State. This is the fourth time Boise State has finished in the top 10 of the BCS standings and not been invited to play in a BCS bowl.
And head coach Chris Petersen made it clear that he's not happy with the status quo.
"Everybody is just very tired of the BCS," Petersen told The Idaho Statesman, "I think that's the bottom line. Everybody is frustrated. Everybody doesn't really know what to do anymore. It doesn't make sense to anybody. I don't think anybody is happy anywhere."
In addition to Boise State, three other teams ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standing were left out of BCS bowl games, which dole out a significant pay out to participants.
"Why are we even voting if they're all left out of games like that?" Petersen continued. "It doesn't make any sense. I don't know who it makes sense to. I haven't heard anybody say, 'This is pretty good.' Everybody goes, 'This is really bad.'"
Petersen, who has been rumored to be a candidate for the vacant UCLA head coaching position, is far from the only major figure in the college football world frustrated with the system. On Monday, interim Big 12 commissioner Chuck Neinas called for a plus-one system that would pit the top four teams in the final BCS rankings against one another. A high ranking BCS source told Stewart Mandel of Sports Illustrated that "almost everyone" wants to do away with automatic qualifying BCS bids, but they're unsure of an alternative.
Many were disappointed when Alabama was ranked 2nd in the final BCS rankings and thus given another shot to play against an LSU team that beat them previously in the season. Fortunately for those hoping for a new system, Petersen expressed to The Statesman that he was optimistic that such an upheaval might occur: "I think (change) is coming, I really do."