Could Boise State play in the Rose Bowl in 2010?

Tony Barnhart of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution — who writes under the "Mr. College Football" tag and is as connected to college football as anyone in that part of the country — has an interesting tidbit in his blog.

Here it is:

Utah, Boise State to the Rose Bowl? It could happen soon: Over the course of the week I found out that there is an interesting little nugget in the new BCS contract with ESPN, which will begin after the 2010 regular season.

In past contracts if the Rose Bowl lost one of its traditional partners, the Big Ten or Pac-10 champ, to the BCS championship game, it could simply fill with another Big Ten or Pac-10 team that qualified. That’s how a 9-3 Illinois team got to Pasadena two years ago.

But in the new contract, I’m told, there is an interesting clause: The first time in the deal that the Rose loses one of its champions to the BCS title game, that opening will be automatically filled by a Coalition (non-BCS conference) team if one has qualified.

For example: Let’s say Southern Cal wins the Pac-10 and qualifies for the BCS championship game in 2010. And let’s say Utah or Boise State goes undefeated again the wins the Mountain West or WAC. That team, if it doesn’t get into the big game, would automatically go to the Rose, where no Coalition team has played before.

What’s the significance of this, you ask? It is another way that the BCS is increasing access of the five Coalition conferences to all of the games in system. Should the BCS get sued and hauled back before Congress, it is another way it can counter the claim that the Coalition schools don’t have enough access.

Barnhart is a big-conference guy, that’s why the significance to him is that the BCS is protecting its backside.

For fans of Boise State and Utah (or BYU or TCU), the significance is this: The Rose Bowl could now be a realistic possibility.

In the past few years when a non-BCS team (or Coalition team, as Barnhart puts it) qualified for a BCS game, no one expected them to end up in Pasadena. Too much tradition in the Rose Bowl for a Coalition team to play there was the common refrain.

I wouldn’t be surprised if some of the other bowls pushed for this. Why should the Fiesta Bowl, for instance, have to take most of the non-BCS teams?

• WAC commissioner Karl Benson said Friday morning that the new BCS television contract will mean more money for the league as well.

Currently, the non-BCS conferences split $9 million from the BCS with the first half distributed evenly and the second half distributed through a rankings formula.

If a team from one of the five leagues makes a BCS game, then the leagues get another $9 million with $6 million going to the league of the team that made it.

Benson said under the new contract those totals will jump to $14 million. Benson said the so-called "Group of Five" will likely meet this summer to review the payout formula.

• Former Skyview High two-sport standout — and Colorado quarterback — Matt Ballenger will sign a letter of intent to play basketball at the College of Idaho on Monday.

• If you're into that sort of thing, you can follow me on Twitter.

C'mon Murph

Shouldn't you at least mention broncocountry.com when you get your lead on a story from the site?

broncocountry

yeah but then they would have to mention it for every article they write concerning Boise St. football. Because that's where they get most of there material...

He cited his source as the

He cited his source as the Atlanta Journal Constitution. What's the problem? Broncocountry got it from the AJC as well.

Well, there you have it...

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So How Long Have You Been Different

from all the other children? I'm gonna need an engineer to decipher the message contained in your post. I'm sure it makes sense in your head and all, but c'mon.

Since Yin and Yang met in chaos to the sound of AM radio.

You had not suspected this?

You are a deprived soul!

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I hope BSU gets an opportunity to plan in a bowl like this but..

they still have to deserve it. Which means they better start playing better teams!!

Too bad..

It's too bad that a 9-3 Illinois team is likely better than an undefeated WAC team. BSU needs to do two things to be respected. First, they need to play quality teams to EARN the record that they would have. Second, actually win a bowl game more than once per decade.

oops, More Vandal Lies On Display

BSU is 4-4 in bowl games this decade.

Hey VOR, how many bowl games did the Vandals play in

this decade? I don't have that stat handy...

Too Lazy To Look It Up

I'm sorry. I'm gonna have to defer to somebody else on that.

You are a very deprived soul. You must refresh.

I have passed many stations and I know you have seen but 3.

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Rose Bowl?

You have got to be kidding. BSU would have relatively no fan base for the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl seats 92,500 and not that many folks would want to see a mid-major conference team there. Look for a Rose Bowl with empty seats if BSU gets in. Heaven Forbid!

The answer to the headline

The answer to the question in the headline is no. The 2010 Rose Bowl is on Jan. 1, 2010, after the 2009 season.

MMMM...please read it again and remember...

All bowl games tend to be post season.

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The Rosebowl I figure....

Would get about as many fans to it as the Fiesta Bowl did.

Broncos travel a hell of a lot better then they get credit for I do believe.

bsu roe bowl

I guess it paid off having Gene testifing beore congress, and having a footbll fan for Prsident, stranger things have happened. The television rights alone would make it worth while, since most of BSU's players come from southern California, they shold
be a decent draw of crowd to see the home boys play.

Rose Bowl?

No way, the only reason they got to the fiesta and are ranked pre-season is because of the pathetic conference they play in. BSU would be just another middle of the road to bottom dweller in a better conference.

Okla Who

A BSU team that happened to beat a really good oklahoma team. Oh yea, I forgot Oklahoma is the bottom dweller in the big 12.

That was not

a "really good" Oklahoma team.

It was an fairly decent Oklahoma team that finished the year with three losses and no particularly impressive wins.

Why Why Why

do you people continue to follow this forum? Are you unfamiliar with hobbies? Is your life such a black void that you must actively seek validation by trashing the Boise State Broncos every week? You know what I hate? American Idol. Which is why I DON'T WATCH IT. I only wish that nobody had anything intelligent to say on this forum, so I could ignore it altogether, but since there's often some people who have something positive to CONTRIBUTE to the conversation, I end up reading it, and am punished by having to read this tripe.

I realize this post isn't exactly a positive contribution in its own right but it makes me sad that people like this exist and I need to get it off my chest. People like this who troll sites specifically to flame people who are different from them are exactly the reason why the country has the problems it does today. Grow up.

Exactly why you are here.

All agitators hate something but remain to influence the rest to join their side.

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Bonwell

I know what you mean. I have trouble washing the crap smell off my hands after reading alot of these comments. I come to these blogs to get intelligent perspectives about BSU football and have to sift through garbage. It is tiring but when I find a nugget it is worth it. BSU against a big name gets my blood pumping, that only happened twice last year. OR game and TCU. I do watch all the games but BSU has outgrown the conference they are in. Hope they jump conference soon. Give them the MWC at least. Maybe getting into and winning the Rose Bowl will help. Who knows? USC is tough year in and year out.

I know what you mean...

I dig USC because every week they leave a bunch of Trojans lying on a field.

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Is that why everybody spazzes out at the end of the season...

and starts screaming about which conference we ought to be in?

By the time we'd get there the screaming would start anew.

I've never heard anybody lamenting that Capital, Borah, Skyline and Minico should change leagues, for instance. This kind of parenting action only plagues BSU.

None of those who diss Idaho care where they go to...

Anybody who point this out is promptly labeled a moron by the same posters here that generally bring it up every year.

We KNOW you are seriously fond of Bronco football! You are still counterproductive to this topic. Those who will follow into the NFL or other leagues will do so regardless of your wailing on a website.

Please enjoy the games and remember that this is a UNIVERSITY like all others and 90% of these guys will be doing 'civilian' work in 5 years and will have a degree.

The earliest college football games were played by teams like Rutgers, Columbia, Harvard and the agricultural colleges that tend to rule it came later. The 1920s, more or less.

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Heaven forbid - you think?

This might have made sense to somebody not from California:

Rose Bowl?
Submitted by HighNote on Fri, 05/29/2009 - 2:33pm.

You have got to be kidding. BSU would have relatively no fan base for the Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl seats 92,500 and not that many folks would want to see a mid-major conference team there. Look for a Rose Bowl with empty seats if BSU gets in. Heaven Forbid!

Empty your Asp! Boise State will pack them in. All Californians know that in the State of California USC is the number 1 recruiter for football and Boise State is number 2 (not UCLA, Stanford, Cal, etc). Californians migrate to Idaho etc. If USC is not going to be there I am sure all Cali's would much rather see BSU then U of Dub, Arizona, or Oregon in there fine establishment. Idaho will easily go 30,000 then expect at least 20, to 30,000 from Cali and surrounding areas - Maybe more.

Cleopatra emptied her asp, to the dismay of all.

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Oregon fans.

Stephano1950 You've been to 12 bowl games in the last 14 years. Guess how many of those bowls you've won? 6 that makes you a .500 ball club. Before you say negative posts about Boise State,it might be a good idea to check your own bowl games.Voice of reason,now be a good boy and check your bowl games that you've won. Just a .500 football team. I've got the facts dude. You do the research.

That's better than most of the American League and...

If you put your name first, it seems as if you are talking to yourself.

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BSU a winner in EVERY conf they played in

Get really tired of folks saying we need to play better teams. Folks these games have been lined up for years, this old man might not see many tough non conf games. The reason the big boys play easy non conf is so the team is healthly in conf. Fresno St is a example of why not to play all tough games early. As for fans, we took 20000 plus to fiesta bowl, the rose bowl is closer and as stated before we recruit big in Calif. When we moved to the WAC they said it was going to be tough going but 2 seconds (first year) and the rest 1st places. So much for being in middle of WAC conf.

Rose Bowl and the Spoils

Don't worry to much about wheather or not "Bronco Nation" would make the trip to Pasadena given the chance. The biggest hurdle is to actually get the chance to prove the team belongs........again.

What's really sad is that should BSU make it to "the Granddaddy of them all" they would have to share some of the spoils with their pathetic "little brother" university to the north. Sharing with the Vandals wouldn't be so terrible if they would actually do something to deserve the reward. Holding down the bottom spot in the "bottom 10" every year just doesn't justify being rewarded in my book, but maybe that's just me.

This is a *nice* idea but....

Boise State needs to leave the WAC first and foremost. The WAC is a football graveyard. Simply having access to the Rose Bowl is nothing but a *carrot* distraction from the real problem which is the WAC.

I would rather be interested to read that Boise State and SDSU were invited to join the PAC 10....

There needs to be massive conference realignment across the nation, in actuality..

minnesota

has anyone arrested the minnesota vikings for stealing Ian Johnson yet????

No, but they jailed the only car maker they had for fraud.

See the PAN automobile, which compared nicely to a GM car of the time (late teens-early 20s).

Real car, real scandal from St. Cloud, Minn. Really neat auto club as well.

http://www.pantowners.org/

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Pigskin preview

footballs made of pigskin--is there a better way to get swine flu? will we have football because of it???--or in spiote of it????--just asking

That ain't how it works, my son.

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BSU Bowl game

I have read the articles about Boise fans and BSU. BSU plays no one that is competitive and their games are boring considering that its not a matter of, will they win, but how many points they will win by. this is very poor for a team to act like they are champions knowing that they will not loose because the other teams can not compete. sure the coach and the Boise fans love to be winners and the team makes lots of money off of their shirts , chairs flags and everything else they sell but everyone knows the truth . why does BSU brag and act like they are doing the impossible when they have a winning season. its poor sportsmanship to not want to play a team that can beat them or be competitive but they stay on this path to run over all of the wac teams because they want to be winners , i call that real looser's and the rest of the country will see the truth in time.

rose bowl

no to the rose bowl they did not deserve it evidently

Why did you go back nearly half a year...???

Just to make your own point.

Yeah. Then everybody starts responding to something with absolutely NO RELEVANCE to the current situation.

It's ALMOST SPAM.

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