Gee, this guy's a whiz

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Cheers and Jeers,Sports,Leon Saffelle
Here's something any regular college football fan knows: The SEC and the Big Ten are better conferences than the Mountain West and WAC.

It doesn't take a university president to tell us that.

However, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee made some comments demeaning the shining stars of those two lesser conferences (TCU and Boise State). They apparently don't deserve a shot at the BCS title because their competition isn't as stiff.

Really the interview should have stopped right after he said, "Well, I don't know enough about the X's and O's of college football." Alas, it didn't and the foot hit the mouth soon after that:

"We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor," Gee said. "We play very fine schools on any given day."

Funny, checking out Boise State and TCU's schedules, we found no mention of the Little Sisters of the Poor. We did find top 25 teams Virginia Tech and Nevada on the Broncos' slate. The Horned Frogs played Utah.

True, TCU's schedule is pretty shoddy overall, but it has had only two games decided by fewer than 10 points and is destroying inferior opponents (average score is 41-11) -- which is what good teams are supposed to do.

But Boise State? Sure its conference is almost as weak as TCU's this season, and the total points accumulated in both the AP and the coaches polls by opponents of Ohio State and Boise State this past week favor the Buckeyes by an average of 123 points per poll. However, like your family, you can't pick your conference opponents. Drop those in-house rivals out of the equation, and the Broncos hold a vast advantage with an average out-of-conference score of 722-12 on the strength of Virginia Tech's resurrection from earlier this season.

Add to that Boise's upcoming schedule -- including an SEC school (Georgia) in 2011 and a Big Ten school (Michigan State) in 2012 -- and their 2011 move to the Mountain West with TCU only can lessen this ridiculous debate on whether they deserve a shot at the national title.

Just ask Oklahoma and Virginia Tech.

lsaffelle@washingtonexaminer.com

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