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Tuesday, November 16, 2004
That BCS is Annoying, to Say the Least

By Steven Taylor @ 9:12 am

The BCS is quite annoying: statesman.com | Texas inches up to 5th in BCS

It’s an all-too-familiar scenario for the Longhorns, who would be left out of the BCS party if the current standings hold up through the end of the regular season

Texas already knows how it feels to be fifth in the BCS standings and miss out. It happened last season when Kansas State’s upset of Oklahoma in the Big 12 title game sent Texas to the non-BCS Holiday Bowl.

Working against Texas this year is the new BCS stipulation that rewards a team from outside the six BCS conferences for finishing in the top six of the standings.

Mountain West Conference leader Utah only needs to remain in the top six to become the first non-BCS school ever to get an at-large bid under the BCS system. The Utes host 5-5 Brigham Young on Saturday.

California, currently fourth in the BCS rankings, could secure the other at-large bid with wins over Stanford and Southern Mississippi.

That would mean another disappointing BCS end for Texas, which would likely end up playing in the Cotton Bowl for the second time in three seasons.

It seems to me that the BCS Bowls should just take the top ranked teams in the nation and do away with the automatic conference winners. Really, it is ridiculous that this could happen (indeed, the system is designed this way):

the Big East champion gets an automatic bid into one of the four BCS bowls, and current leader Boston College (7-2) is ranked 21st in the BCS, 16 spots behind Texas.

Granted, if Texas would take care of business and beat OU, this would be moot. But just from the perspective of wanting to see the best match-ups in the bowls, surely taking the top 8 in the polls and letting them play would be better than how we do it. Of course, that smacks of a semi-playoff, and we can’t have that, now can we?

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  1. Sorry, Professor, but when a team almost loses to KANSAS they have no business even being ranked fifth.

    Comment by Mark — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 10:25 am

  2. Agreed.

    They should be renamed the Texas Panty Wastes!

    Comment by John Lemon — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 10:36 am

  3. Did they beat them or not? That is the bottom line, pathetic as the fact that the game was so close was.

    But really: Boston College in a BCS bowl over any team ranked in the top ten? Giveth me a break.

    Comment by Steven Taylor — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 10:42 am

  4. You are assuming they can win the thanksgiving game against A&M.

    Comment by David Besly A&M ‘90 — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 12:52 pm

  5. Pretty much, yes ;)

    Granted: nothing is guaranteed, but A&M did lose to Baylor, for crying out loud. Plus, Texas is the better team.

    Granted: if UT loses, I will nothing to gripe about.

    Comment by Steven Taylor — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 1:00 pm

  6. If UT loses, will you publicly come out and call the Longhorns a bunch of panty wastes?

    Comment by John Lemon — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 4:56 pm

  7. I don’t know. BC beat Notre Dame,who beat the likely Big 10 winner and the likely SEC East winner.

    Comment by ATM — Tuesday, November 16, 2004 @ 9:44 pm

  8. I don’t know. Every year I root for a BCS screw-up. It brings us closer to a real playoff system. As it is now, every college team is a bunch of pantywaists who can’t handle an extra couple of games.

    And let’s face it, losing to Baylor is a badge of extreme dishonor.

    Comment by bryan — Wednesday, November 17, 2004 @ 10:30 pm

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