Beginning with the 2014 season, a seeded four-team playoff will be in place.
Until then, the sad, antiquated abomination that is the BcS will be in effect to determine a “national champion” in 2012 and 2013. And will continue to exclude the “non-automatic qualifiers” designation that has come to represent a lot that’s wrong with the current system.
According to the conference, the BcS presidential oversight committee has denied the Mountain West’s appeal for automatic qualifying status for the next two seasons. The appeal was filed last December, and the reason for the denial on the part of the committee was not given.
“We made a very compelling case on behalf of the Mountain West,” MWC commissioner Craig Thompson said in a statement. “It was based on clear performance metrics and the prior precedent established by the BCS in awarding automatic qualification. Unfortunately, the Presidential Oversight Committee decided against granting us the AQ exemption.”
As noted by the Idaho Statesman, the Big East received for the 2008 and 2009 seasons the very same waiver the MWC was requesting. Also as noted by the Statesman, the Big East “is part of the BCS contract for 2010 to 2013.” Which the MWC is not, it should be noted.
Ironically enough, Boise State will be making a football-only move from the MWC to the Big East in 2013 — maybe. TCU, which originally agreed to move to the Big East from the MWC, will become an official member of the Big 12 this year.
Even on your deathbed, and after last rites have been administered and the plug’s been pulled, excellent work, BcS. Excellent work.