Tuesday, December 4, 2007

Bozich on the BCS

I blogged on this the other day. But this is a nice rant from the C-J's Rick Bozich on the debacle that is the BCS this year....

I'm upset at myself for getting upset at the annual Bowl Championship Series shenanigans... This time I told myself I wasn't going to get upset. I failed.

Not when this season, the one that started with Appalachian State toppling Michigan and ended with Missouri and West Virginia losing on the final weekend, would have been the ideal season for an eight-team playoff.

Not when a Missouri team that beat BCS-darlings Kansas and Illinois finds itself dumped into the Cotton Bowl.

Not when Ohio State jumps from third to first and Georgia slips from fourth to fifth in the final BCS standings -- even though neither played last weekend.

Not when one coach (Hal Mumme of New Mexico State) in the USA Today coaches' poll had Hawaii No. 1 and another (Dennis Franchione, now formerly of Texas A&M) had the Warriors 22nd.

I hope you purchased a copy of USA Today yesterday. The newspaper published the ballots of the 60 coaches who vote in the coaches' poll. There's also an interactive chart on USATODAY.com showing the votes. Check it out. You'll uncover more conspiracies than the Warren Commission.

Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops voted his team No. 1 -- and bumped Louisiana State down to sixth, behind Virginia Tech, a team the Tigers beat by 41.

Mike Bellotti of Oregon, who got into a major dustup with Oklahoma last season because of a controversial overtime game, negated Stoops' ballot by placing Ohio State first, LSU second and the Sooners eighth...

Frank Beamer put LSU first, Virginia Tech second, Oklahoma third and Ohio State fourth. Stunning disclosure: Beamer coaches Virginia Tech.

I could go on, but then I won't have room to howl about Missouri. A week ago the Tigers were ranked first in the BCS after manhandling Kansas on a neutral field. Then Missouri loses to Oklahoma -- and slides into a non-BCS Cotton Bowl matchup with four-loss Arkansas. Meanwhile, Kansas and Illinois -- teams the Tigers defeated -- will be playing in the Orange and Rose bowls.

Then there is the championship game. It's not an awful game -- unless Ohio State delivers the same uninspired performance it gave against Florida last season. But....


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