SjT:... or should we say BC-Mess after today.

Steve Truog is fired up over the way the BCS is shaking out especially the way its treating our Wolverine and Badger "friends:" Yes, Florida is a strong team from a strong league, but if Michigan gets left out of the title game, there's going to be some serious explaining to do for this system.

Remember that when Michigan ended their season,

they were the #2 team in the BCS. You'd think that ending your year in the top 2 would guarantee a BCS title game bid.

But then the "anti-rematch" hype kicked in and after USC trounced a highly overrated Notre Dame team (by slightly less than Michigan trounced ND ... IN SOUTH BEND!), the hype machine said that CLEARLY Southern Cal was the #2 team in the country now and deserved the shot.

So Michigan was dropped, despite not losing, to #3. Still well ahead of Florida in the polls.

But then that awesome USC team lost. So now the hype machine kicks in again and that Florida team that they dismissed a week ago as not even being #3 or even in the debate with that awesome USC team is suddenly more deserving because of their schedule (which was the same schedule they had a week ago).

So if the BCS drops Michigan behind Florida for a SECOND TIME without Michigan having lost a game, then we really need to scrap this crappy system for good.

They had a chance to put in the "conference champs only in the title game" clause TWO TIMES after the Big XII debacles where Nebraska and Oklahoma were blown out of their season finales and still got into the championship. But they didn't. And Michigan's loss, by 3 points in Columbus, is far less embarassing than Oklahoma's debacle vs. KSU or the Buffalo massacre for Nebraska.

So dropping Michigan TWICE when the Wolverines didn't lose a game just because you don't want a rematch of a 42-39 game isn't giving the current system any credibility.

Neither is keeping an 11-1 Wisconsin team ranked in the top 5-6 out of the BCS because of a silly league rule.

The Big Ten really needs to rid themselves of this BCS BS and return to the Rose Bowl tradition until there's a playoff.

BTW - exposing more idiocy of the BCS ... if Arkansas and Rutgers had won today (which was close to happening), you would have had an 11-1 Louisville and 10-2 LSU team in the BCS top four but neither having the automatic berth for their conferences. With one of the three remaining at-large berths (after Michigan's in the title game) taken up by Boise State by the rules, you'd think that it would mean the Tigers and Cards were the other two BCS at-large teams. But I have a feeling Notre Dame at an overrated 10-2 mark and #10 in the BCS would have been taken instead. BCS BS.

About the only good thing about Florida's jumping Michigan would be that the BCS lineup would actually be somewhat entertaining ...

TITLE: Ohio St. vs. Florida - The two winners of the top two conferences ... hard to dispute that.

ROSE: USC vs. Michigan - A classic Granddaddy rivalry

SUGAR: LSU vs. Notre Dame - Road game for the Irish and the good times may indeed roll for the Tigers.

ORANGE: Louisville vs. Wake Forest - Not quite the Cinderella Bowl it'd have been with Rutgers, though

FIESTA: Oklahoma vs. Boise State - Go Underdogs!

There's gonna be some rightful cries for change from one area of the country tomorrow. It's hard to argue against Florida getting a shot ... but it's also a joke if the voters drop Michigan two times despite the Wolverines not losing just because they don't want a rematch. If Michigan was the second-best team in the country when they ended their season, how can they be dropped twice?

BCS CHAOS!!! BCS CHAOS!!! DOWN WITH THE SYSTEM!!!

GO CATS!!!
-SjT
 


Stephen J. Truog, former NU Marching Band member and now educator in Arizona, comments on the Wildcats from both the sidelines and his couch He has his own NU oriented Web Site - Visit SjTonline

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