<
>

Non-BCS and Independents internal affairs

Posted by ESPN.com's Graham Watson
Give the non-BCS some credit: Fresno State coach Pat Hill said he's proud of the way the non-BCS is represented in the polls this week, but he's worried that those votes might disappear if some of the BCS wins start to lose their luster. That's why Hill wants a non-BCS playoff. It's something he's talked about for several years, but no one wants to listen. The playoff would pit eight teams -- the winners of the conferences and three at-large teams -- in a tournament at the end of the season. The winner would play in the BCS. Home games would be given according to seed and the final would be at a neutral site in the middle of the country. Not a bad idea.

One-loss BCS buster: WAC commissioner Karl Benson isn't ruling out a scenario where a one-loss team from one of the non-BCS conferences could get a look at a BCS game.

"I don't think you have to run the table," he said. "That's the guaranteed way, but it wouldn't surprise me if a one-loss team some time made it to the top 12. And then you factor in the top 16 provision and then you look at where's the Big East or the ACC champion?"

Currently, South Florida and Wake Forest sit at No. 13 and No. 16, respectively. The top 16 provision allows for a non-BCS team in the top 16 in the BCS poll to be considered as an at-large team. The rule never has been used before.

Notre Dame: Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis said he's already started devising game plans without starting tight end Will Yeatman, who was suspended from competition indefinitely following an arrest at a party on Saturday night. He faces preliminary charges of consumption of alcohol by a minor, false informing and resisting arrest.

"What you can't do," Weis said, "because of uncertainties, you can't go and say, 'I'm counting on this or counting on that.' What you have to do is you set up a plan."

Weis said Joseph Fauria, who probably wasn't going to see game time this year, would move from the scout team to practice with the ones and twos.

Boise State: After Boise State returned home from its thrilling win over Oregon, the school's first win in a true BCS road game, coach Chris Petersen didn't lock the game ball in a glass case. According to the Idaho Statesman, Petersen and quarterback Kellen Moore autographed the ball and delivered it to Garrett Schram, a 13-year-old who is battling bone and soft tissue cancer at St. Luke's Children's Hospital. Schram's illness worsened in June and he's been in the hospital the past two weeks. His family auctioned off their tickets to the Oregon game on a local radio station to raise money for a new teen recreation room in the hospital.

Florida International: Coach Mario Cristobal earlier this week said that he would decide at the end of the week whether to play Paul McCall, who has started the first three games of the season, or Wayne Younger at quarterback against Toledo.

Both players played against South Florida last week. McCall completed 8 of 13 passes for 46 yards and an interception. Younger was 3 of 8. Cristobal said there's a scenario where both could play this weekend, but he encouraging both players to try to win the job outright.

"I would like to see one take the job and run with it," Cristobal said. "If we have to use them both and play to their strength, we will."