Doug Flutie put Boston College on the map after he successfully aired out a game-winning Hail Mary pass in the 1984 Orange Bowl to beat the Miami Hurricanes.
The documented media surge and alleged influx of college applications to BC the following year became known as the "Flutie Effect," when a small-time school rises to national prominence.
Despite being a champion of the little guy (in more ways than one being listed at 5-10), Flutie was excited to see Colorado and Nebraska leave for greener pastures and larger revenues when they changed conferences in June.
Flutie believes that “super conferences” will be good for college football because they will create an elite level of competition.
“It’s going to create even more competitive situations,” he said at an event for college athletics sponsored by Capital One today in Manhattan. “Let’s say the SEC expands, the high-end [recruits] are going to want to get to that. The competitiveness will continue to escalate.”
He targeted Boise State and Utah as improved schools that needed to join bigger conferences and said mergers will weed out weaker teams.
“What will happen is you will see conferences start to mold into very equitable, competitive situations, where the teams will be on the same tier. You’re not going to have those bottom-dwellers in a conference.”
When asked how he could be in favor of college football oligarchies seeing as he made the Eagles a major program, Flutie said every team has a chance to reach a pinnacle conference if they win.
“They have their opportunity,” Flutie said of Boston College. “If BC wins the ACC and goes to the Orange Bowl they could be playing for a national championship. The opportunity is always there. I know the ACC’s been down and is not viewed as competitive as the big [BCS football schools], but the opportunity is there.”