Upon Further Review: BCS Matchups

It's been pondered a million times, how can the championship series be revamped? College administrators need to get off their duffs and recognize a form of playoff is needed. Play an extra week of football. Play two weeks. There's virtually a month between the last game of the season and the BCS championship. One week or even two weeks couldn't be that hard to manage could it?

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Upon Further Review - BCS Pairings Football 2008

What a messy year this has been in college football. Virtually every week the number two team in the nation lost. USC and LSU, preseason favorites to reach the title game suffered two losses on the year. The BCS final top-13 poll looks like a who's who in futility. The final top-13 shapes up as follows:

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BCS Standings
Rk Team W-L Harris Coaches CPU % BCS
Rk Points % Rk Points % Prev Avg
1 Ohio State 11-1 1 2813 .9870 1 1469 .9793 .9100 3 .959
2 LSU 11-2 2 2630 .9228 2 1418 .9453 .9500 7 .939
3 Virginia Tech 11-2 6 2345 .8228 5 1242 .8280 .9600 6 .870
4 Oklahoma 11-2 3 2520 .8842 3 1331 .8873 .8000 9 .857
5 Georgia 10-2 4 2469 .8663 4 1277 .8513 .8000 4 .839
6 Missouri 11-2 7 2117 .7428 7 1104 .7360 .8500 1 .776
7 USC 10-2 5 2346 .8232 6 1227 .8180 .6500 8 .764
8 Kansas 11-1 8 2092 .7340 8 1099 .7327 .8100 5 .759
9 West Virginia 10-2 9 1924 .6751 9 1010 .6733 .6400 2 .663
10 Hawaii 12-0 10 1903 .6677 10 994 .6627 .6100 12 .647
11 Arizona State 10-2 12 1628 .5712 11 900 .6000 .6900 13 .620
12 Florida 9-3 11 1786 .6267 12 890 .5933 .6200 10 .613
13 Illinois 9-3 13 1400 .4912 13 747 .4980 .3900 15 .460

Why highlight 13 Teams?

Because Illinois has been invited to the Rose Bowl to face #7 USC. Illinois, number 13. What a lousy pick for the Rose Bowl committee. Yes, it pits traditional PAC-10 vs. BIG-10 teams. But frankly, what a lousy match-up. The Rose Bowl and Pasadena will profit from a BIG-10 team coming to town, but, what a lousy match-up. Number 7 vs. number 13.

A Look at the BCS Championship Series:

Rose Bowl Jan. 1
4:30 p.m. Pasadena, Calif. USC vs. Illinois

Number 7 vs. Number 13, about as exciting as watching grass grow.

Sugar Bowl Jan. 1
8:30 p.m. New Orleans, La. Hawaii vs. Georgia

Great for Hawaii, but Georgia should have been paired with USC.

Fiesta Bowl Jan. 2
8 p.m. Glendale, Ariz. Oklahoma vs. West Virginia

Number 4 vs. number 7, they got one match-up right.

Orange Bowl Jan. 3
8 p.m. Miami, Fla. Virginia Tech vs. Kansas

Number 3 vs. number 9, should Kansas be ranked 9?

BCS National Championship Jan. 7
8 p.m. New Orleans, La. Ohio State vs. LSU

Probably a match-up of who plays worse. OSU gets a chance to redeem the awful showing of the Big-10 this year. LSU, a two-loss number two team, how did that happen?

Who Got Iced Out

Every year deserving teams get left out in the cold this year it was Arizona State. For all of the talk of how tough a conference the SEC is, the PAC-10 shows year in and year out, it has a tough schedule, beating out  of conference foes then having difficulty with in-conference competition. Arizona State was and is deserving.

About the Trojans

At number 7, the Trojans can't complain about its ranking. It shouldn't have lost against Stanford. Yes, John David Booty threw 4 picks in the second half with a broken finger in his throwing hand. But this is where it ends. Booty should have removed himself or coaches should have recognized it was time to put Sanchez in the game. In three games Sanchez started, he proved he was up to task. But hindsight, isn't it great?

Revamping the BCS

It's been pondered a million times, how can the championship series be revamped? College administrators need to get off their duffs and recognize a form of playoff is needed. Play an extra week of football. Play two weeks. There's virtually a month between the last game of the season and the BCS championship. One week or even two weeks couldn't be that hard to manage could it?

Something college administrators may understand: adding an extra week (or two) will make more money for the schools. Would that help?

Here's hoping that the bowl season brings great games, especially at the BCS Championship Series level.


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