The Rockin Johnny B

Friday, December 9, 2011


This from the LA Times...

It's fitting only 0.0086 ended up separating No. 3 Oklahoma State from No. 2 Alabama in the finalBowl Championship Series standings.

This is the year everything got 0.0086'd.

It was never accurate to say before Sunday that Louisiana State and Alabama were "clearly" the two best teams in the country.

And you still can't, because in the final BCS standings Alabama and Oklahoma State nearly ended up in a statistical draw.

Had one BCS computer flipped and a few more voters considered Oklahoma State's case, we'd be getting an entirely more festive bowl season.

LSU and Alabama might be the best teams. But if those teams have already played and "Team 3" is an equal alternative and champion from a great conference, to me it's a no-BCS brainer.

Thanks a coal-in-your-stockings lot, coaches and Harris voters and all you myopic bowl directors who couldn't see Wake Forest for the fees.

And you wonder why people loathe the BCS? A chimp could have picked better bowl matchups out of Les Miles' hat.

Imagine if Oklahoma State had prevailed by .0.0086 over Alabama. The BCS title game would have been LSU vs. Oklahoma State with Alabama also in New Orleans to play in the Sugar Bowl.

Brain cells harvested in a Petri dish could have seen that Boise State against Alabama would be almost as compelling as the title game.

But hey, that's just me and 49 other states talking.

Because Alabama prevailed by 0.0086, the Sugar Bowl is matching Michigan against a two-loss Virginia Tech team coming off a 28-point loss to Clemson.

Because the Sugar Bowl didn't have Alabama (thanks again, BCS), it went into panic mode and reverted to the back-room days when you booked bowl teams in October based on their fight songs.

Michigan and Virginia Tech is the first Sugar Bowl matchup not featuring top-10 teams since USA Today started administrating the coaches' poll in 1991. Boise State andKansas State finished Nos. 7 and 8 in the BCS, compared to Nos. 11 and 13 for Virginia Tech and Michigan.

The BCS is designed to give schools flexibility in bowl selection, but every 10 or 15 years common sense should prevail.

Leaving Boise State out of the BCS is the reason the Broncoscan't get to the Big East Conference fast enough. Quarterback Kellen Moore is 49-3 in his career, with the losses by a total of five points.

Boise State is one play and two kicks from possibly playing in consecutive national title games, yet is headed to its second straight Las Vegas Bowl.

The BCS and Sugar Bowl owe Moore a hand-written apology on a Hallmark card.

Isn't this Interesting: Michigan, needing to move up two spots in the final BCS standings to be eligible, moved up three. Meanwhile, tadpole Texas Christian, needing to move up two BCS positions to earn an automatic bid, didn't budge a spot

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