When a team from a non-BCS conference makes it into one of the five BCS bowls, you want to see that team play an opponent from one of the power conferences.

But now that two non-BCS teams are part of this year’s major bowl games, it’s disappointing that the two programs will be pitted against one another.

The Fiesta Bowl pairing between TCU and Boise State is a major letdown. The two teams played each other in last season’s Poinsettia Bowl (TCU won that game) and there’s no opportunity for an epic upset.

You know, like Boise State’s incredible victory over Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl three years ago and Utah’s annihilation of Alabama in last season’s Sugar Bowl.

I would have preferred seeing TCU play Florida in the Sugar Bowl — I can tell you Urban Meyer and the Gators wanted no part of the Horned Frogs — and Boise State drawing Iowa as its Fiesta Bowl opponent.

The Fiesta Bowl matchup already has drawn the label of “BCS Buster Bowl.” Not sure if that is a compliment or not. Kind of gives the connotation that the two schools are undeserving party crashers when the truth is that both teams are very much worthy of the big stage.

TCU (12-0) has one of the top defenses in the country (led by defensive lineman Jerry Hughes) and a great coach in Gary Patterson. Boise State is known for its offense under coach Chris Petersen and quarterback Kellen Moore is the nation’s most efficient passer.

I’m glad to see both teams among the 10 teams playing in BCS bowls. I just didn’t want to see them play each other.

The other BCS matchups are as follows: National title game — Alabama vs. Texas; Sugar Bowl — Florida vs. Cincinnati; Rose Bowl — Oregon vs. Ohio State and Orange Bowl — Georgia Tech vs. Iowa.

Thought the Holiday Bowl has a good matchup with Arizona playing Nebraska — the Cornhuskers feature the nation’s best defensive player in dominating defensive tackle Ndamunkong Suh. The Poinsettia Bowl pairing of Utah against California is decent.

Some underwhelming matchups include Fresno State vs. Wyoming in the New Mexico Bowl; Ohio University vs. Marshall in the Little Caesars Bowl; South Florida against Northern Illinois in the International Bowl; Middle Tennessee vs. Southern Mississippi in the New Orleans Bowl and Idaho playing Bowling Green in the Humanitarian Bowl.

Idaho and Bowling Green would be a boring early-season game that nobody cared about and it rates as an insufferable pairing for a bowl game. If that’s the best you can do for a bowl matchup, perhaps there needs to be an examination of why there even is a Humanitarian Bowl.

Suddenly, the potential Army vs. Temple matchup in the EagleBank Bowl doesn’t sound so bad (UCLA replaces Army as Temple’s opponent if Army loses to Navy on Dec. 12).

There are 34 postseason bowl games, about 10 too many. As for bowls that carry relevance, you can count them on two hands.

The BCS has rendered most bowl games as meaningless and it will remain that way until a playoff finally becomes part of the college football landscape.


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