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The Boston Globe looks at Boston College's challenge this weekend against Maryland. The Eagles expect to get quarterback Chris Crane (broken collarbone) back in time for the bowl game.

More people are starting to say the ACC does not deserve a BCS bid. Check this out. I think the ACC champ deserves a BCS berth as much as the Big East champ, but not at the expense of an undefeated Boise State team. I would take Boise in a matchup with Cincy or the ACC champ.

Speaking of Boise State, fans of the Broncos are already cursing the possibility of facing the eighth-best team from the "horrible ACC." Is there a chance it could be Maryland?

By Eric Prisbell  |  November 24, 2008; 9:05 AM ET
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As intriguing as an argument about who's the better conference sounds or who should get to play whom, it's all irrelevant. The BCS is what it is, and until the powers that be wise up and put in a playoff system instead of this corrupt means of determining a national champion, it's all we have right now.

Posted by: ecglotfelty | November 24, 2008 4:29 PM | Report abuse

The issue isn't the BCS, it's the bowl system that has been in effect for decades. If there were no BCS, you would still have the individual bowl games with their conference ties - Pac-10 & Big 10 in the Rose, Big 12 in the Fiesta, SEC in the Sugar, and the ACC in the Orange. Those ties normally work well for both the bowls and the leagues. What the BCS does is give more teams a chance at the big paydays plus the possibility of setting up a 1 vs. 2 game. It's actually an improvement in that regard over what existed before, which was conference ties to some bowls, leaving it to chance and the unaffiliated leagues and independents to go where they got the best deal.

A playoff would address the issue of "legitimizing" a champion but there are logisitical issues for teams, fans, and/or bowl sites with any playoff system. And don't forget, the bottom line is that the bowls are really all about money, for the teams and the game sponsors.

Posted by: jrfisher57 | November 24, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

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