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College football: To boo or not to boo? Chris Dufresne hears from readers

Chris Dufresne takes time out (he gets two per half) each Friday during the season to answer questions on college football.

October 14, 2011|Chris Dufresne

A: I know, I know. The problem is conferences have different reasons for inviting schools and not all of them are related to top-flight football. Boise State's history as a junior college and so-so academic reputation is certainly a factor. Another problem is Boise does not add much "footprint" value.

The SEC liked the idea of adding Texas A&M because it gets the conference into the state of Texas.

Boise State football is certainly worthy of major conference status, but there are other factors.

And so long as you're stuck there, the Mountain West is a "decent" conference.

Q: Can KU go independent in football in the future?

Mike Solomon

A: Mike, my big fear is that Kansas will split apart Saturday against Oklahoma.

Q: Love your column. But will you PLEASE start giving Michigan some respect? Thanks.

Chris Pentzell

A: Chris, I have a respect appointment scheduled with Michigan for Saturday morning. That's when the Wolverines play at Michigan State. Michigan has done a great job so far this year, but its first FIVE games were at home and its only "road'' game so far was last week's puddle-jumper across Lake Michigan to Northwestern.

Q: OK, hypothetically speaking let's say that we have more than three undefeated teams at the end of the season:

--One from the SEC (Alabama or LSU)

--One from the Big Ten (Wisconsin or Michigan)

--One from the Big 12 (Oklahoma)

--One from the Pac-12 (Stanford)

--One from the ACC (Clemson)

All of these are possibilities. Which two teams should play for the BCS championship?

Mr. Vega

A: Some years that would be tough to answer… but not this year. And you forgot to include possible undefeated "non-AQ" schools Boise State and Houston.

In your scenario, the Alabama/LSU winner will play Oklahoma for the BCS title in New Orleans. I can't see where there would be any debate on this.

The other BCS bowls would also be thrilled because the Rose would get undefeated Stanford vs. Wisconsin or Michigan. The Alabama/LSU loser, likely still a top-five team, drops to the Sugar Bowl to play… how about undefeated Boise State?

Clemson is bound to the Orange Bowl, possibly against a one-loss West Virginia.

The Fiesta Bowl could take the Big 12 runner-up, let's say one-loss Texas, and match the Longhorns against Michigan.

That's a pretty strong lineup and the bowls' biggest argument against a playoff.

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