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MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

Posted on: January 25, 2011 6:42 pm
 
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Feel free to leave the Mountain West, TCU, but don't expect any fond farewells or parting gifts. After rumors surfaced last week that the Mountain West was looking to move the first and last conference game between Boise State and TCU next season from Fort Worth to Boise, the conference made it official on Tuesday evening.

Here is the statement from the Mountain West about the scheduling change.
After carefully considering all sides of the issue, the MWC Board of Directors decided to implement the change in the 2011 football schedule as had been recommended by the athletics directors. TCU will now play at Boise State, while Boise State's contest with San Diego State will be played in San Diego. The Board felt the change was in the best interest of the Mountain West Conference and would help address current and future scheduling concerns created by the new set of circumstances which stemmed from another change in membership.
The first sentence was edited quite a bit. It originally said "after carefully considering all sides of the issue, and then deciding we don't care about TCU's side since they're leaving." Or at least, that's how I read it. I know it's just a single game, but it's a pretty big game. Odds are that if any team from the Mountain West is going to be in a BCS bowl next season, it'll be either Boise State or TCU. There's a very real possibility that the game will serve as a MWC Championship of sorts, and to have it moved north to Boise has a huge impact on how things could turn out.
Comments

Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 9:13 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

Seriously - are we now saying that the Brotzman kick was actually good and Boise would have actually won if it hadn't been for the zebras?  Sheesh.  The kick was a gimme - iced or not.  And then he missed the next one.  Seriously, 26 and 29 - he should have made both of those even with a naked chick standing under the goal post.  Let it go. 

Did you see the ESPN coverage with the big goal posts?  Both wide.  Lost.  Sucks.  Move on.




Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:38 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

Not to mention, it will be hard playing SDSU in San Diego also. That is a solid team next year I think. They will be a lot better on defense too I think.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:36 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

Good point about the Nevada/Boise game. No one really talked about how poor the reffing was in the second half og the game. Only the missed kick. It was horrible from pass interferences, to illegal hits, to not having refs actually checking to see if the kick was even good. Conferences protect their own. It's natural. It is what it is. This isn't even that big of a deal at all to be honest. After reading everyones comments on this post, I realize that it is what it is and it's normal. For TCU to not expect this would be ridiculous actually.



Since: Nov 3, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 7:22 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

kinda' looks like the MWC thumbing their nose at TCU......personally , i hope the 'Frogs beat 'em like a baby harp seal.



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 5:13 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

It is what happens when you change conferences...The referees made several one sided holding calls, threw a bogus kick interference call, threw several bogus pass interference penalties on Boise State to make sure that Nevada would win in Reno...Having your home game swtiched to a road game is small potatoes compared to how Boise State was treated by the WAC this year.  When you switch conferences right about the time that the BCS is doing its W-L comparisons to determine who is eligible, that is what will happen.  This year Nevada's win over Boise State counted as a big win for the WAC.  Boise was outgoing so their win would not benefit the WAC.  That is why ther refs needed to ice Kyle Brotzman and review to see if there needed to be :02 or :01 left on the clock for the last kick of the game in regulation.  One second doesn't matter on the outcome of the game on a last play kick, but they used it as an excuse to successfully ice the Boise State kicker...it happens...Nobody is being picked on...conferences do what they can to make their members look better going toward a possible BCS AQ realignment.  If Boise State beats TCU next year, it counts as a big MWC win.  Even though TCU will be MWC members next year, a win over Boise State would count toward the Big East's credibility.  That is why these actions happen...for the good of the conference that has the authority to make the call, not a slight against a specific school. 




Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:14 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

I also forgot to mention that UA will never get a BCS game being in the PAC12!



Since: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 3:11 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

Hey StlChess, you need to start pushing your UA friends to joing the MWC. Being in the PAC12 really sucks for the Wildcats. I would rather see ASU and UA be in the MWC and it would be better for both Universities.



Since: May 10, 2008
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:44 pm
 

Thanks for the BCS share of the money TCU....

but we can't let you get off that easy. Good news it means Boise States coming to SD for a competitive game vs SDSU. Nice.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: January 26, 2011 2:40 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

Well, I think it's good that the game is in Boise, because of everything that is going on, but I think TCU will be playing harder now that it is also, so it's a catch 20. Also, in regards to the last comment about the teams needing to be undefeated to get a BCS bowl bid. Well, with Utah and TCU gone, unless another non aq team decides to do it, Boise can now have a loss and go to a BCS bowl game. Without TCU last year, even at #10 Boise goes to a BCS bowl game as the one non aq team. I'm actually happy to not have Utah or TCU in the conference anymore.



Since: Jan 8, 2007
Posted on: January 26, 2011 12:06 pm
 

MWC moves TCU/Boise game to Boise

I guess it's good news for TCU and Boise that there are headlines written like this one, because it shows that they have garnered at least some national interest for their remarkable records over the past 5 years. As these teams continue winning, they will press the issue with the BCS and further expose the huge flaws in the system. Nevertheless, the winner of this game only matters if they finish the year undefeated AND have played at least 2 or 3 other ranked teams (which is practically impossible due to scheduling and BCS manipulation). For example, Boise beating Oregon and TCU left them outside of the championship picture even having finished 2009 14-0. In consecutive years TCU was matched up against Boise in bowl games as a kind of concession, as though the BCS was saying "let the little guys fight it out for the scraps under the table". Essentially, the winner of TCU-Boise is not actually relevant in itself and actually probably only pleases the guys pulling the strings, because at the end of the day, one of these "BCS-busters" has to lose.


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