The rapid-fire string of upsets over the weekend was mind-boggling. First, No. 2 Oklahoma State had its undefeated season dashed at the hands of lowly Iowa State, a 27.5-point underdog heading into the game.
Maybe the writer is referring to the program in general? Or the point spread? It's still an unnecessary adjective. OSU lost to a team that's now bowl eligible. It's not like ISU entered the game 2-8 or something.
The BCS is great at determining the top two teams. Combining biased voter polls and and average of computer models is very fair.
A two team playoff from among 120 teams is the part that is completely stupid. Especially when 22 of the teams are playing radically more difficult schedules than about 50 others, then another 50 or so are playing even easier schedules than that.
Either have a real 4-8 team playoff or go back to the system where the two game playoffs are the champion of 18-24 teams (two conference champs).
I'm fine with either way. Not fine at all with a two game playoff where one team is the "national" champ. Rose Bowl Champ, great. National Champion? BS, not without at least a two round playoff.
Whenever we have a real playoff instead of a two team playoff, I'd prefer keeping the BCS ranking system to having a selection committee. I love that 1/3 of the BCS realizes that Michigan and Notre Dame aren't any more special than Iowa State or South Florida. The NCAA selection committee, coaches polls and AP poles don't. I'd prefer 1/2 computers or 2/3 computers but I'll take 1/3 because it's better than all biased human selection/polls.
Saying it's broken implies that it ever worked in the first place. It's not a system designed to find the best college football team, it is a system designed to put money in people's pockets.
It could probably still do both, but it was poorly devised at the outset and adjusted each time an unexpected wrinkle sent things haywire.
People think having the SEC rematch possibility is bad, although I'm still OK with that if it's truly the top two teams. But it's where the conference title games aren't taken into consideration. I heard today that the SEC West winner could possibly play its way out of the BCS title game if it won the division but lost in the conference championship game. (If I'm understanding it right).
I don't even mind the BCS intrigue throughout the season. I think the title game usually involves the most worthy teams. But in principle, it's a system that works only because it "usually works."
Should have just added a plus-1, or developed a true playoff.
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