Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee told the Associated Press that TCU and Boise State don't deserve to play for the BCS national title because each school doesn't play a tough schedule.
Gee is a former president at West Virginia, Colorado, Brown and Vanderbilt universities. He supports the BCS and current bowl system, and has been against a playoff. As pointed out in the AP story, Ohio State has the largest athletic program in the country.
"Well, I don't know enough about the Xs and Os of college football," Gee told the AP. "I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it's like murderer's row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there's some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to (be) in the big ballgame."
Boise State, currently 10-0 and ranked No. 4 in the BCS standings, has had notable wins this season over Virginia Tech and Oregon State. The Broncos play No. 19 Nevada on Friday night. Boise State is currently in the WAC, but will move to the Mountain West in 2011. In addition to Boise State, three WAC schools have winning records this season: Hawaii, Nevada and Fresno State.
TCU, currently 11-0 and ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings, has had notable wins this season over Oregon State, Baylor and Utah. TCU plays in the Mountain West. Besides TCU, four MWC schools have winning records this season -- Utah, Brigham Young, Air Force and San Diego State.
UPDATE (5:20 p.m.): Boise State's president responds to Gee's comments in this story posted on the Idaho Statesman's web site.