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As Expected, BCS Doesn’t Clear Anything Up

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Well folks, it’s LSU and Ohio State. Is that a satisfactory conclusion or does the 2007 season have so many questions attached that, under the current system used by the BCS, there’s not much else you can do? Say what you will about the BCS–and it’s probably all true–but it certainly generates A LOT of discussion. Besides, who needs a playoff when there’s this much confusion. ;)

First off: Kansas over Mizzou? Are you kidding me?

Apparently a team ranked lower in the BCS is more deserving than the Mizzou team that beat them, had a stronger strength of schedule (although, I don’t necessarily buy that) and made the conference championship game. Because of the rule that doesn’t allow three teams from one conference to make the BCS, either Missouri or Kansas was going to be left holding the bag. In this case, the BCS committee made the incorrect choice.

What’s the point of having a BCS ranking if a lower-ranked team is being picked for a BCS bowl over one with a higher ranking?

However, Kansas over Mizzou is a microcosm of what plagues college football, a sport with one of the most exciting regular seasons and one of the worst post seasons. No, the biggest problem facing the BCS is that no one has any idea which teams should be playing for the National Championship. Each team that thinks they have a legitimate claim to be in the BCS Championship game also has some question marks, including Ohio State.

Conversely, everyone in the BCS Top 5 does have a reasonable argument as to why they should be the one playing on January 7th.

The question is, what can be done? The relationship between the NCAA and the BCS is not going to go away and even though just about everyone with a voice is screaming for some kind of playoff, deep down inside, we probably know that’s never going to happen. But, once the again, after the bowl series is done, the BCS will need some kind of revision. Will this one lead to the “plus one” game that’s been rumored for a couple of seasons now?

God, I hope so, because we need something–anything–that will gives us a more definitive answer than the one we are going to get when the 2007 season has been completed. The “plus one” would be a move in that direction, something SI’s Stewart Mandel points out quite well.

The BCS Remains As Clear As Mud

Thanks to LSU’s choke against Darren McFadden (the proper choice for the Heisman) and the rest of the Arkansas Razorbacks and a football-filled Thanksgiving weekend that actually clarified some things, the BCS standings needed another bout of musical chairs-like rearrangement. Because of Les Miles’ inability to coach his team in an overtime setting (both of LSU’s losses came in overtimes), we now have a new number 1 atop the BCS polls.

Welcome to the party, Missouri Tigers. Enjoy your stay.

The top of the new BCS looks like this:

1. Missouri
2. West Virginia
3. Ohio State
4. Georgia
5. Kansas

But how will it play out? Will these teams remain in their current positions? Given the fact that Missouri and West Virginia still have games to play, there’s no telling who will wind up in New Orleans on January 7, but we will try to clarify things a little:

Missouri
On Saturday, the Tigers play Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship, giving Mizzou an opportunity to avenge their only loss of the season. Lots of Missouri defenders try to excuse the loss by saying the Tigers were in it until some mistakes in the 4th quarter gave Oklahoma the win. Sorry folks. A loss is a loss. It doesn’t matter if you look good doing it or not. When the historians look back at MU’s schedule, they will see a loss next to the Oklahoma game, not a disclaimer saying the Tigers played well but gave the game away when it mattered.

When you consider the fact that, much like Kansas, Missouri hasn’t played ANYONE of note (I don’t really count Illinois because the Big 10 is very average this year and Ole Miss was just horrid), it’s hard to see them beating Oklahoma in the Big 12 championship game. If they do happen to win, it’s welcome to Louisiana. If not, expect more BCS chaos to ensue.

West Virginia Mountaineers
Pat White and the gang are in a great position going into the final weekend before the bowl selection process. After dispatching conference foe UConn in convincing fashion, some expected the Mountaineers to leap-frog Missouri for the top spot in the BCS. Alas, this did not happen but West Virginia still controls their destiny. They finish the season with a home game against the 4-7 Pittsburgh Panthers.

Provided they don’t fall flat on their faces against Dave Wannstedt’s mustache, the Mountaineers will be in New Orleans on 01/07/08. Hide your couches.

Burn The Couch

 

Ohio State Buckeyes
With their regular season over (you may want to stretch this out next season, Coach Tressel), the Buckeyes can sit and watch this weekend play out, knowing if Oklahoma beats Missouri or West Virginia loses to Pittsburgh (better root for the Sooners, Buckeye fans), they will be playing in the BCS Championship game. While this OSU team may not be as strong as previous versions, they do have a chance. I just hope their fans can stand rooting for different teams on Saturday.

Georgia Bulldogs
As of today, Georgia is probably playing the best football of any BCS team, but their two losses will be difficult to overcome. The only thing Georgia fans can do is hope both WVU and Missouri lose on Saturday. If that actually does happen, look for a Georgia/Ohio State National Championship game, much to the chagrin of Kansas fans everywhere.

Kansas Jayhawks
Sorry Mangino fans, your team absolutely does not belong in the top 5 of the BCS (but then again, neither does Missouri). The Jayhawks have not played anyone of note all season and when they were given the opportunity to prove themselves, they failed. If you think this Kansas team could stand toe-to-toe with any of the 5 teams below them (LSU, USC, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma, Florida), then you haven’t been watching any football outside of the Big 12 North (something Jason Whitlock is obviously guilty of).

Of the 12 games they played, only three were against teams with winning records (Mizzou, Central Michigan and Texas A&M, a team so successful, they fired their head coach). The rest were either .500 or below. If that sounds like a team deserving of shot at the title to you, you may want to have yourself checked for delusional thinking.

As it stands, the only team I’d bet on making it to the January 7th match-up is West Virginia… and for all you BCS defenders out there, do you really think this is an acceptable alternative to a freaking playoff???

Agree? Disagree? Let us know what you think.