With two Pac-10 teams in the top six of the latest BCS standings, the conference might be looking at a rare case of having two teams in BCS bowls. In the 12-year history of the BCS, the Pac-10 has had two teams reach BCS bowl games just two times, in 2000 and 2002. Aside from the prestige of making a BCS bowl game, just what does that mean for the schools in question?
Not much, according to Sports Illustrated. In this week's issue, Austin Murphy and Dan Wetzel wrote an article entitled "Playoff: How (and Why) the BCS is Blocking What College football Needs," outlining the exorbitant expenses of the current bowl system. Even the Rose Bowl game isn't necessarily a windfall:
The $18.5 million [Ohio State received for making the Rose Bowl last January] went to the Big Ten, where it was added to a pool of bowl revenue that was then sliced into 12 shares - one for each team, one for the league office. That still left Ohio State with a tidy $2.2 million to spend, which the Buckeyes did. Ohio State's team travel costs were $352,727. Unsold tickets ran the school a cool $144,710. The bill to transport, feed and lodge the band and cheerleaders came to $366,814. Throw in entertainment, gifts and sundry other expenses and the Buckeyes lost $79,597.
Losing money by making the Rose Bowl? That doesn't seem right. Then again, those "other expenses" work out to over $1.4 million, so maybe Ohio State should stop buying designer Buckeye stickers at Macy's.