Ball State and Boise State, both undefeated at the end of the regular season, are angling to face each other in a bowl that for the purposes of this blog we will call the "Mid-Size Hybrid Affordable Family Sedan Bowl Championship Series," or MSHAFCBCS.
The MSHAFCBCS would likely feature the two teams playing on the Smurf Turf of the Humanitarian Bowl, something both the bowl itself and the Western Athletic Conference are angling for instead of the usual WAC versus ACC matchup.
The WAC and Humanitarian Bowl are trying to get Ball State interested in a game against the Broncos instead of Boise playing a non-descript team from the ACC.
Those "non-descript" teams from the ACC may be criminally undervalued, now that we've mentioned them here. The ACC went 3-1 against the SEC this weekend, including a 45-42 pasting of preseason number one Georgia at home.
As descript as a Ball State/Boise matchup would be, there's still dickering around on finding a truly neutral site, how much the payouts would be, whether Ball State would accept the bid over a MAC-affiliated bowl, etc. The MSHAFCBCS game would be the only national title game with two undefeated teams , though, and they can't take that away from either team.
This is quite unlike the BCS computers, who may take a national title away from Florida thanks to the wonders of the BCS's IT community and their formulas, who may have Texas and Oklahoma on a rematch path no matter what happens in Atlanta this weekend.
The common thread in this all is the weakness of the SEC as a conference overall this year; aside from Alabama and Florida, the conference has been a disappointing collection of failed preseason top ten teams (Auburn, Georgia,) rebuilding projects (LSU, Arkansas, Ole Miss,) and general muddle and collapse (South Carolina, Tennessee, and Miss State.) In short: if Florida wins and is snubbed, it's not you we mind. It's the crowd you run with, who looks objectively scruffy when compared to the peaking programs of the Big 12 right now.
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