Why is Boise State ahead of USC in the Polls?
Boise State is #8 in the current AP poll. They could easily go undefeated with only 1 quality win (Oregon) on their schedule. The problem with the BCS is not its process, but rather the voter mentality that enables Boise State to move up in the polls after wins over low quality opponents. Does anyone believe that Boise State is better than USC, Ohio State, Virgina Tech or Oklahoma? If not, why is Boise State ranked higher than them? Teams in non-BCS conferences just don't face the week-in-week-out competition that SEC, Pac-10 or Big-10 do. For example, if Boise State and USC both win out, Boise State would likely go BCS championship game instead of USC. Yet, USC will have played 10 quality opponents to Boise State's 1.
Teams that play in the WAC, MAC, Mountain West, Sun Belt and Conference USA should be explicitly banned from competing in BCS bowls because no matter how difficult of a non-conference schedule they play, having 8 conference games simply makes their schedules too weak to take a BCS bid away from an SEC or Pac-10 team with 1 or even 2 losses. Any football team playing in a non-BCS conference that wants to compete for the national championship should only become eligible if they go independent and schedule at least 8 opponents from BCS conferences or join an existing BCS conference.