With the likelihood that Utah is in the BCS and that Ohio State is going to get the other at-large berth over Boise State, I think the idea of matching up unbeaten Boise State against unbeaten Ball State is pretty cool. You’d think the fan bases for both schools would be fired up for it. You’d also think it would make for some entertaining televised viewing.
It seems like this kind of pairing comes up more frequently than it used to. I remember a Louisville-Boise State game from ’04 that was terrific. Maybe the bowls ought to find some way of permanently accounting for this kind of situation with some extra glitz (and more money, too) in a particular bowl set aside for it. The pool of attractive midmajors seems to have grown enough over the past few seasons that it wouldn’t be too much of a risk.
I’d rather see these schools playing each other than the fifth best team out of the Big East, that’s for sure.