Despite the Big East being an inferior conference when compared to the Mountain West, the TCU’s path to a BCS bowl and even the championship just got easier. After being overlooked by the Big XII, the struggling Big East just accepted TCU into their conference. Read the details here.
This move seems to make sense for both parties. The Big East expands to Texas, a large football market, while bringing an actual championship contender into its fold. TCU is abandoning a better conference (just look at the comparisons between the two) for an easy path to an automatic BCS bowl berth.
On the flip side, the lose of TCU is a detriment to the MWC. It was only a matter of time after Utah and BYU decided to leave. Even with the new inclusions of Boise St next year and Nevada and Fresno St in 2012, the conference will sorely miss TCU’s presence.
While the state of the MWC no longer affects BYU, it’s sad to see the biggest threat to the BCS dismantled. Boise St and Hawaii (which had a very poor performance in its lone appearance) will be the only BCS busters not joined up with the system it waged war against. Hopefully BYU will get back to form and teams like Nevada, Fresno St, Hawaii, and Houston will be able to field consistently good teams. I’m not going to get into it now, but we need to scrap the BCS and form a playoff.
The Pac-10 either missed out on or chose to overlook TCU this summer when it expanded. I mean, Colorado?! They have neither a good football or basketball program or a large market. What did the conference gain from including them? And after they tried to steal half of the Big XII we know they were willing to expand as far as Texas. Plus Utah and TCU already have a very real rivalry, which the Pac-10 seems to love.
The Big East is not nearly as good as the Pac-10, but this probably plays to TCU’s favor. The Horned Frogs should have little to no competition for the Big East title and a yearly appearance in a BCS bowl. Now a close loss to a good team will not eliminate them from contention of a BCS bowl, much like what just happened to Boise St.
While the Big East is now up to 9 members (the perfect size for a conference in my opinion), their already large basketball conference just got larger. TCU couldn’t even compete in the MWC in basketball. The MWC has some pretty decent talent and sent 4 teams to the big dance, but by no means does it compare to the depth of the Big East. So it’s going to be even harder for TCU to get any recognition there.
Overall, it was probably a good move by TCU and the Big East. I just wish it wasn’t even better for the BCS.