Even with all of the important business before lawmakers — like, say, finding $1.23 billion to close that pesky hole in the budget — there never is a shortage of bills or resolutions that make you go, “huh?”
With college football’s BCS National Championship tonight pitting unbeaten No. 2 Texas against undefeated and top-ranked Alabama, Rep. John Mizuno is introducing a resolution for the little guys — in this case, 14-0 Boise State and the other non-BCS conference schools that likely will never play for a national title.
Mizuno’s resolution calls on the NCAA to adopt the so-called “Plus One” quasi-playoff model for determining a “true” national champion. That system boils down to holding all the traditional bowl games and then adding a final game pitting the two top teams that emerge from the postseason, i.e., Boise State versus the winner of the Texas-Alabama game.
“I’m sure Boise State, after going 14-0 feels that they should have a shot at being number one,” Mizuno said in a news release. “However, because of the current flawed BCS system, they will be this year’s second ranked football team in the nation.”
(Actually, they could well finish fourth, behind Alabama, Texas and Florida.)**
The current system has no shortage of detractors, including Yahoo! Sports columnist Dan Wetzel, who has a unique idea for bringing public pressure on the BCS cartel.
Then again, the chief of the BCS thinks the system is working just fine.
Mizuno’s twist on the “Plus One” game would be to have 10 percent of seating reserved for members of the U.S. military and have 10 percent of the game’s proceeds go toward scholarships at the respective schools for handicapped students who qualify for admission, but lack the financial resources to attend.
The non-binding resolution would be sent to the president of the NCAA, President Barack Obama as well as members of Hawaii’s congressional delegation.
** Update, 10 p.m.: Boise State finished fourth in both the AP and coaches’ polls.