Did the BCS get it right?

December 09, 2008

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Andrew Jakubowski

Did the BCS get it right?

 Yesterday night, this year's lineup of bowl games was released. As far as the BCS matchups go, there were really no surprises: Utah vs. Alabama in the Sugar, OSU vs. Texas in the Fiesta, Penn State vs. USC in the Rose, Cincinnati vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange, and, of course, Florida vs. Oklahoma in the title game.

 Over the past week, I've heard countless people argue the flaws of the BCS, and complain about the unfair nature of the system. But this time, the computers got it right; Florida and Oklahoma, not Texas, deserve to participate. All the Longhorn fans point to the head-to-head matchup, and claim that by virtue of their victory in the Red River Shootout, they should get the bid.

 But this logic is far too basic and much too flawed to merit listening to. If head-to-head is should be he first tiebreaker, as Texas claims, then why doesn't Texas Tech get the bid instead? After all, the Sooners, Longhorns, and Red Raiders all have identical 11-1 records, and each member of the trio knocked off one of the other members during the course of the season. If Texas wasn't happy with the system, they should have addressed before the season began; they signed off on using BCS standing to break 3-way ties, and thus have no right to complain about. Maybe if they had scheduled legitimate opponents such as Big East champ Cincinnati and 10-2 TCU (two of Oklahoma's nonconference foes) instead of patsies such as Florida Atlantic, UTEP, and Rice, their strength of schedule would have kept the Sooners from jumping over them.

 The other participant, Florida, was subject to much less controversy, and rightfully so. Having finished 12-1 against a difficult SEC slate, and having had the fortune of losing earlier than most other one-loss teams, Florida secured their bid with a convincing win over #1 Alabama on Saturday.

 Texas, Penn State, and USC all have legimate claims to play in the championship. But because Texas didn't even win their own conference, a major reason why Florida jumped past Michigan in the final poll after the 2006 season concluded, they are not derserving. Because of the weakness of the Big Ten and Pac 10, respectively, neither are the Nitany Lions nor the Trojans.

 Undoubtedly, the BCS is a flawed system. Each year, several teams find themselves on the outside looking in, believing that they got jobbed. But the system is the same for everyone, and you'll often find that what goes around, come around. In 2005, Texas was fortunate enough to jump over California and take their place in the Rose Bowl; now, they're on the other side of the coin. In all likelihood, either Oklahoma or Florida will experience the negatives of the system for themselves in the future. But for now, the two are scheduled to have their first ever meeting on January 8th in Miami, playing game in which they both rightfully belong.


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  1. nice post man... i agree with you

    Andrew Jakubowskiboomersooner2008 on Monday, 08 December 2008, 21:10 PST # |

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