If you don't watch college football you won't find this interesting, and if you do watch college football, chances are you won't care anyway... but it sure pisses me off.<br><br>A couple years ago it was Oregon that got snubbed, last year it was Cal that got snubbed out of a bowl by some last minute, backroom politics by the coach at U of Texas. This year its Oregon again.<br><br>Now, I know why Notre Dame is going to the Fiesta Bowl instead of Oregon. There is no rule to say they have to pick the higher ranked team, or the one with the best record. Everyone knew they would pick Notre Dame because they have the most fans, and it means $$ to the people in Phoenix. So, this isn't a post about how the BCS is flawed although it is so flawed that topic would deserve its own forum!!<br><br>But, here is what really pisses me off. All the commentators, sportswriters and most of the fan replies I've seen today all think the BCS came out beautifully this year, just because they got lucky and there were only two undefeated teams. When in reality it just pushed the crap down from the national championship game to the Fiesta. Look at this quote from the Associated Press response to the bowl announcements:<br><blockquote>That left no room for Oregon, which had a better record than both the Buckeyes and Irish and lost only to USC.<br><br>Last season, California was 10-1 but got bumped out of the Rose Bowl by Texas, a slight that caused an outcry from the Pac-10 and elsewhere.<br><br>The Ducks won't get as much sympathy this season.<br><br>And for once the BCS gets to gloat.<br><br>AP NEWS<br>The Associated Press News Service</blockquote><br>Huh? Why wouldn't the Ducks get as much sympathy? Why would the BCS "get to gloat" about leaving out a 10-1 team in favor of two 9-2 teams whose losses come to weaker opponents?<br><br>
I don't know enough about it, nor do I watch college football, but it seems all that I ever hear about the BCS is that it totally sucks and is only for the $$.<br><br>Why don't they do the championship like they do with the basketball?<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Why don't they do the championship like they do with the basketball?<p><hr></blockquote><p>For the reason you just stated. It totally sucks and is only for the $$. If they went to a playoff there would be far less postseason games and the NCAA, stadiums, networks and universities would make less money. They don't care what the fans want or what is fair to the players.<br><br>
I hear ya. Usually when a few days go by in the new year and they have the "Champion" of NCAA football, I'm always left scratching my head on how that came about. <br><br>Now basketball...March Madness is the greatest!<br><br>
hmmm. even if they didn't have the official BSC and were playing under the old rules, i would think that the individual bowls would probably still have picked the teams that they did . . . so, i don't think the BSC is to blame.<br><br>OFF-TOPIC (but in a similar vein). my university where i teach is playing for the Division II national championship in football next Saturday (they do play a playoff system).<br><br>ANOTHER OFF-TOPIC. (but in a similar vein). a good buddy of mine from my hometown will be named the new head coach of the Kansas State University football team tomorrow. great guy and i am really happy for him.<br><br>--<br>"I am mindful that diversity is one of the strengths of the country" --president bush on 9/27/05
I follow sports very rarely, and collegiate sports not at all (which is nutz since I now live sandwiched between Boston College and Boston University, with Northeastern just 2 miles away). But it does seem that the Almighty Dollar -- and it's attendant pressures -- is as important as it is in pro sports.<br><br>Let the pro's play for the money, but allow the kids to play for the love of the game.<br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Everyone knew they would pick Notre Dame because they have the most fans, and it means $$ to the people in Phoenix.<p><hr></blockquote><p>You have answered your own question.<br>Oregon was ranked ahead of Notre Dame in the final BCS poll.<br>But Notre Dame is the more interesting story this year and will bring in more money just like you said.<br><br><br>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>Why would the BCS "get to gloat" about leaving out a 10-1 team in favor of two 9-2 teams whose losses come to weaker opponents?<p><hr></blockquote><p>I'm not saying Oregon didn't get screwed, if they had a comparable schedule, but weaker opponents? Ohio State lost to #2 Texas and #3 Penn State, Notre Dame lost to Michigan State and #1 USC.<br><br>
I said they lost to weaker opponents (Oregon only lost to USC). If you look at ND schedule they only played five teams with a winning record all season. They went 3 and 2 against those opponents, not exactly convincing.<br><br>My point wasn't to go off on the system though, but rather how everyone thinks it "worked" this year (time to gloat?). It didn't work. They just got lucky in two ways. <br><br>1. There were only two undefeated teams. Pure luck, Penn State barely lost within a second to Michigan otherwise their gloat-worthy system would be on the rack again this season.<br><br>2. The majority of the country doesn't give a damn about schools like Oregon. If instead of Oregon this was Texas there would be some serious griping going on (or, like last year there would have been a backdoor way of getting in.)<br><br><br>Oh, btw, I shouldn't have even said "they", because Ohio State was in for certain. They were #4 on the BCS, an automatic berth. I was talking about ND's opponents being weaker.<br><P ID="edit"><FONT SIZE=-1><EM>Edited by Trog on 12/05/05 00:15 AM (server time).</EM></FONT></P>
I never understood what happened to the Boston Computer Society or why it started sucking. BCS was a great organization. I took a 4thDimension Database course from them when it came out (circa 1986). I think that success did it in. It became top heavy with committees and collapsed in 1996 well before the internet revolution.<br><br>RIP BCS. <br><br><br><br><br>(__*__) <-- circular sig when standing
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