Chris Petersen: BCS needs changes

Updated: December 6, 2011, 5:42 PM ET
By Andrea Adelson | ESPN.com

Boise State coach Chris Petersen unleashed his frustration with the BCS on Monday, telling local reporters that "everybody is just tired" of the system.

The No. 7 Broncos (11-1) were left out of the BCS for the fourth time in eight years. They were passed over as an at-large selection in favor of No. 11 Virginia Tech (11-2) and No. 13 Michigan (10-2).

"Everybody is just very tired of the BCS," Petersen said. "I think that's the bottom line. Everybody is frustrated. Everybody doesn't really know what to do anymore. It doesn't make sense to anybody. I don't think anybody is happy anywhere."

Petersen added, "The whole thing needs to be changed, there's no question about it," he said. " ... I think (change) is coming, I really do."

This is the first time since the BCS expanded to five games that a team outside of the conferences with automatic qualifying bids failed to make a BCS game. No one-loss non-automatic qualifier has ever been selected for a BCS game, either.

The Broncos lost to TCU 36-35 on Nov. 12, when kicker Dan Goodale missed a 39-yard field goal as time expired, ruining their chances of getting an automatic bid for the third time in school history. Any team outside the automatic-qualifying conferences must be a league champion ranked in the top 12 of the final BCS standings to get an automatic bid into the BCS.

Petersen said he would like to see a plus-one implemented in college football to give the top four teams in college football a chance at a national championship. He suggested using a committee similar to what is used in determining the teams that make the NCAA basketball tournament.

"That's still subjective, but at least it's closer," he said.

Petersen has declined to criticize the BCS in the past when his team has been left out, including last season. But he felt the need to speak up this year. Boise State is headed to the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas to play Arizona State (6-6), a team that has fired coach Dennis Erickson.

"It just seems like each year it's getting further and further away from anybody understanding what's going on," he said.

Andrea Adelson is a college football writer for ESPN.com.

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