Successful college football in Jersey was once a far-fetched dream. After Thursday night, it’s a dreadful reality for the Big East.
Rutgers’ stunning –- and that’s not saying enough -– 28-25 win over Louisville all but confirms that the black sheep of BCS conferences will not send a team to the national championship game, even if the Scarlet Knights win out.
This isn’t even about the undeniable need for a playoff in college football. That’s not going to happen. It’s about the Urban Meyers of the world that voiced their disgust with Louisville possibly playing in the title game. It’s about all those coaches that didn’t speak out, instead using a top 25 poll to state their opinion. It’s about Jason Whitlock, who still voted the Cardinals 10th on his writer’s poll ballot even after last Thursday’s win over West Virginia.
All of them were right. The Cardinals do not deserve to play for the national championship. But if it wasn’t for last night, they would have been there Jan. 8. No one outside of a few columnists trying to be different actually believes Rutgers is BCS Title Game worthy. But a team that could have finished second in the country would have been.
Now Florida, Texas, and USC and all of the “stronger” one-loss teams can breathe easier. One of those schools will back into the title game without having to worry about some unbeaten Big East team, no matter what Rutgers’ record is.
In the long run, a strong team from the biggest media market in the world will be help the Big East thrive. The future of the league is promising.
It’s the present that’s looking cloudy.