Monday, December 04, 2006

BCS (They are right about the first and last letters)

So everyone with a pulse, maybe even some of the computers used to sort out the BCS recognize it's messed up. It's hopelessly unable to answer anything about football, except the question: How can the NCAA ensure that college football's national championship is less legitimate than a Don King fight? If you answered the BCS give yourself some Ibuprofen, because I figure it's given you a headache thinking about the level of ineptitude necessary to maintain such a system.

There is now some controversy (shocking, I know) about the fact that Jim Tressel, the OSU coach didn't vote in the latest Top 25 poll. Michigan fans are irate that he didn't vote for them. Florida fans would have been irate that he voted for a team from his conference. Essentially it's a no win situation. Frankly I think as a protest vote he should have picked Duke or maybe NYU. Granted NYU doesn't have a football program, but why should a little pure silliness stop the BCS process.

A friend did send me this great USA Today link that let's you see how all the coaches voted and the poll history of each of the teams. This much is clear, if you are ranked highly at the start of the season you're going to have to screw up a lot to lose that luster. For instance check out USC or Notre Dame. Each have lost two games and are still up in the top 8. How is that possible? Because the BCS is designed to fail. It's designed to create discussion, and maximize conference profit. It sets as a tertiary or quarternary goal correctly ascertaining the relative strengths of NCAA Division 1-A football programs. Sadly there must be no other means of determining the relative abilities of athletic teams. Otherwise the wise men of the NCAA would have long ago found it. Right? Clearly.

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