Brown: BCS Should Change Drastically Next 3 Weeks

The current BCS ratings are much like Texas weather: if you don't like it now, wait a few days and it will change. Drastically, in fact, according to coach Mack Brown's long-range forecast for the span between now and when the final ratings are released December 5. Besides, the BCS is not about college football's best teams, he added.

"Every year now, all we've talked about this week is the BCS or the (Big 12) championship game," Brown said Tuesday. "And it all changes. It changes drastically over the next three weeks. What we need to do is make sure we win. We didn't play as well as we could have Saturday (at Kansas). That was probably because we had some hangover from Oklahoma State and we were probably talking too much about things that were unimportant to us at that time. We do know if we lose (to Texas A&M), it changes some of the options. We do know if we win, we have an opportunity for a lot more options. So it's better to do your best and win. Right now, this game is a whole lot more important than anything after it."

Orangebloods, of course, aren't looking for drastic changes as much as losses by either Utah (hosts BYU Saturday) or California (hosts Stanford, travels to Southern Miss).

But it's gotten to where the only post-season that matters any more is the BCS, Brown said previously, who added Tuesday that he'd "like to see us talk about more bowls than just four." Meanwhile, Texas is the only team to be rated in every BCS poll to not participate in a BCS bowl game.

"Our guys are experienced with this and they understand that it's about conference champions and its One versus Two. It's not about the best eight teams in the country. If it was, last year we were fifth, and the tenth place team (Kansas State) beat the first-place team (OU) and then the tenth place team replaces us in the BCS. It's not about the best teams, so it's important for us to be the best team we can be and win the games that are on our schedule. Unlike last year, I want us to be excited about playing the next game on our schedule wherever it is. I told our guys it could be anywhere and I don't want you thinking about it. You're just wasting time and energy when you should be focusing on the A&M game. So let's talk A&M and don't talk about the other stuff."

Still, players talked to sports media Tuesday about Texas' current state of BCS limbo. The Horns, of course, are sandwiched between the Utes and the Golden Bears who would automatically qualify for at-large BCS bids if the current ratings don't change during the next thee weeks, drastically or otherwise.

Said QB Vince Young: "The BCS is confusing and you don't know what's going to happen. So we've got to win out. You never know what's going to happen."

Said FL Tony Jeffery: "We've just got to stay focused on the next team that's on our schedule. Last year, we did everything we were supposed to do. You can't put too much emphasis on the BCS because if you don't take care of your business, you find yourself out of it."

Said WLB Derrick Johnson: "Our part in the BCS is to win. Period."

Former North Carolina basketball coach Dean Smith gave Brown this piece of advice during his previous stint in the Tar Heel state: don't do in college football what we've done in college basketball and that's make it to where there's only one team at the end of the year that's happy and has happy fans.

Yet, Brown is a proponent of using the final BCS ratings to seed the top eight teams for a three-week playoff. Using his system with the current BCS ratings, the opening round would feature USC vs. Florida State, Oklahoma vs. Michigan, Auburn vs. Utah and Texas vs. California. Other teams could still be eligible for non-BCS bowls.

"What I'd like to see is for kids and fans to get rewarded at the end of the year for what they've accomplished," Brown added. "A lot of teams can only win seven games and that should be a great accomplishment to them and go to the bowl they want to."

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