Thursday, December 6, 2007
Behind The Scoreboard
BCS hard to explain
Did all of you out there get the BCS picture? Well, if you did get it and didn’t quite understand it, welcome to the club. This has happened each and every year since the NCAA went to this BCS format.
After the sports hacks, coaches, and water boys complete their picks as to who should be on top and play for all the marbles, the computers are called in to crunch the final numbers.
What this amounts to is the fine tuning or tweaking of the variables. Before we get too far, let me clear things up by saying that my computer knowledge would fill a cornucopia-if the cornucopia were the size of a thimble.
Even before the final listing was made public late Sunday evening, there were bound to be some irate citizens. Perhaps no one was more irritated that those loyal Missouri fans. Mizzou was snubbed altogether.
Do they have reasons for being upset? Let’s face it, they were right up there at the top with the others, but got bounced. So did the others. What really boils their oil is the fact that LSU came out of the computer as number two although they had been bounced twice. They also took exception to Ohio State being identified as number one.
The NCAA hierarchy is beginning to take notice. The SEC commissioner, Mike Slive, stated at his press conference that the whole BCS scheme of things maybe should be visited again. Presently, Slive is the coordinator of the BCS committee.
Just in case some of you didn’t stay up long enough to get the full impact, here is how it all shakes out – Hawaii (not a BCS school) will vie with Georgia in the Sugar Bowl.
Naturally, USC will take on the Fightin’ Illini in the Rose Bowl (USC has made a career of this). The Fiesta Bowl will have Oklahoma and West Virginia. The Orange Bowl will have Kansas and Virginia Tech.
Yep, you guessed it. The AllState national championship bowl at New Orleans will be the place where number one and number two will land. Ohio State and LSU will see who is the best in the West. Or whatever.
I really don’t have a good tongue in cheek comment for this one. Really, I thought Kansas and Mizzou would be in the title game.
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