It wasn’t long ago that the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) was a force to be considered when playing college football. Florida State ruled the east coast, and the other eight programs could do very little to knock the Seminoles from their perch. Georgia Tech, North Carolina, Maryland, Clemson, and NC State all had their “great” days, but the Seminoles were too dominant.
Mention the Boston College Eagles in relation to the college football world, and one thing comes to mind. Sports fans from all around will make reference to the 1984 game against the Miami Hurricanes. You know the story. The Eagles needed a touchdown to win the game. A few seconds left on the clock. Flutie takes the snap, scrambles around, and tosses a very long pass into the end zone. Some guy (Gerard Phelan for you con-college football experts) caught the ball on what would be later labeled a “Hail Mary” pass. The BC Eagles stunned the Miami Hurricanes 47 – 45. Fans, and not just the ones from Chestnut Hill, will mention this game as one of the best finishes of all time. But wait, Boston College has established some college football prominence over the last few years.
I am not going to fuss about the BCS system determining a champion. I am not going to pitch the best commercial in the world for a college football playoff. Division 1A football, or FBS, is not going to go that route. However, I do want to fuss about the love fest that is called Hawaii. I really don’t care what Mark May, Lou Holtz, Kirk Herbstreit, and/or Lee Corso says about this football team deserving a BCS shot, the Warriors simply do not. There are a lot of reasons to support the argument that they do belong in a BCS bowl game. But look deeper and uncover the facts.