Utah attorney general Mark L. Shurtleff recently wrote a commentary for the Arizona Republic arguing the Bowl Championship Series needs to be abolished.

He's certainly entitled to an opinion, one shared by many. But he's not entitled to make up his own facts.

"Not only is the system unfair, it is also illegal," Shurtleff wrote.

Shurtleff failed to mention Utah joined the "illegal" Pac-12 this year just in time to reap the benefits of the league's new $3 billion television contract.


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Shurtleff also wrote that Utah, as the only undefeated team in 2008, was denied a shot at the title because "the cabal" required two one-loss teams to play. He said coaches voted Utah No. 4 in the BCS because "they had not seen them play."

Shurtleff forgot to add that Utah coach Kyle Whittingham voted his own team No. 5 in the final poll to determine which teams played for the title.

Shurtleff: "Baylor, which has never played a bowl game, receives far more BCS revenue than 10-bowl veteran Texas Christian University."

Baylor has played in 17 bowls, including the Cotton, Orange, Sugar, Gator, Peach, Alamo, Copper, Gotham and Dixie.

Shurtleff: "Shockingly, the BCS scheme mandated Connecticut (four losses) play in the 2011 Fiesta Bowl, bringing its AQ (automatic qualifier) conference, the ACC, $22 million.

Connecticut is a member of the Big East Conference.

Shurtleff: The BCS clings to power "despite near-universal opposition."

In fact, many players, coaches and school presidents are not opposed.

Shurtleff: Only seven "non-AQ" schools have played in major bowls since the BCS was formed in 1998.

He failed to note that none of those schools, including Utah (twice), had access to those bowls before the BCS.

Shurtleff vows to sue the BCS in federal court "within a few months."

That gives him time to hire a fact checker.

Buckeye leadership: Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee told the Columbus Dispatch this week: "We are the poster child for compliance."

His comments came after three Buckeyes players were suspended for Saturday's game against Nebraska because they were overpaid for part-time work. Two of the players were set to return this week after serving five-game suspensions for other violations.

Maybe what Ohio State needs to be is the poster "adult" for compliance.

Unbeaten not enough? It's hard to imagine the champion of college football's best division not playing for the BCS title in New Orleans. Shoot, Alabama and LSU, which meet in an SEC game Nov. 5, might require a rematch.

This could be one of those years when going undefeated might not be enough. Oklahoma at 12-0 likely would have the second title spot locked down. An undefeated Wisconsin, Stanford, Boise State and Georgia Tech or Clemson would have a tough time breaking through.

In 2004, undefeated SEC champion Auburn got left out of the title game because USC and Oklahoma started the year on top and never lost.

One consolation this year could be undefeated Stanford and Wisconsin playing in the Rose Bowl.

cdufresne@tribune.com