Remember when Mark Bradley, among others, waxed indignant about the royal screwing Boise State took at the hands of the BCS after winning the Fiesta Bowl?
In response, I made the point that folks like Bradley were consumed with far more angst about what happened than the BSU players and coaches were.
If you don’t believe me, you might want to spend a minute reading this interview with Bronco coach Chris Petersen at CSTV.com. Here’s what he has to say about the BCS and playoffs:
SB: The BCS has actually been pretty beneficial for you guys – you probably wouldn’t have been in the Fiesta Bowl without the BCS system. That being said, what are your thoughts on the BCS as opposed to a playoff system?
CP: I like it. I really do. I’ve been around football for a long time, growing up with it. I grew up with the bowl system, and I really like the bowl system. And so I just don’t see the clear-cut answer yet to the playoff system. If it would have been the plus-one, we still wouldn’t have been that plus-one team going to play for the national championship. So now all of a sudden you create a bracket, and you know, you’re always going to have that debate and that argument. And I can see both sides of the fence on this issue, but to tell you the truth, I like the bowl system. I really do.
SB: But unless you guys are absolutely perfect during the season, the bowl system makes it incredibly difficult for you to get into the national title picture. A team like USC can still lose a game or two and stay on the national map. Does it bother you to go into the season knowing that you’re at a huge disadvantage when it comes to competing for a national title?
CP: No, because I think this: I think as our conference gets better, I think when we play better people down the road, I think when our facilities continue to grow and this program continues to change, I think that situation will change for us. You know, there’s not much error in any of this. USC can lose one game. We can lose no games, so neither one of us has much error as you go through your season. I just try not to get caught up in those situations. We just worry so much about ourselves and playing to the best of our ability, and we really believe that if that happens, then good things are going to happen for Boise State no matter what the system is. And that’s what happened to us last year. People were going, `What about getting into that national championship game?’ Well, we wouldn’t have been in it anyway! They would have chosen somebody else with a plus-one, unless you set up a big old bracket of 16 or eight teams. And then maybe they would have put us in. I don’t know.