Musings of a BCS Heretic
“No one is going to any BCS bowl until I blow this whistle!”
Here’s a thought.
In the twelfth week of the 2013 college football season it is still mathematically possible for Duke, Minnesota, Arizona, a two loss Texas team that lost to BYU, a three loss Georgia team beaten by Vanderbilt and a SIX loss South Florida team to all represent their respective conferences in BCS bowl games as automatic qualifiers.
I wish I were making this up.
In addition to that august body of collegiate football mediocrity, you would have to entertain the idea of either Fresno State or Northern Illinois thrown into the mix, leaving a grand total of ONE at large slot to be filled with a current top five team and the BCS computers selecting the championship pair of #1 and #2 out of a veritable sea of one loss teams. In the end, at least one and possibly more top ten one-loss team(s) wouldn’t even be in any of the five BCS bowl games in January.
There, I said it. Now excuse me while I use this bag,…
“Making it worse? How could it be worse?”
As blashphemous as it sounds, at least some of these teams have a legitimate chance of doing just as I stated above. Stranger things have happened before under the current BCS selection process.
Here’s how such a commercial nightmare and death rattle of the BCS system would pan out.
In the American Athletic Conference, South Florida wins out, leaving it 6-6 with only two conference losses to Louisville and Houston. Conference leading UCF drops three of their remaining four games and Houston and Louisville each lose two of their remaining games, leaving them three conference losses a piece.
A 6-6 Bulls team is an automatic qualifier for a BCS bowl. Don’t laugh, it gets worse.
In the Atlantic Coast Conference, Duke wins out in the Coastal division and upsets an undefeated Florida State team in the ACC championship.
The Blue Devils are now automatically qualified.
In the Big 12, Texas is still undefeated in conference play and only needs to win their remaining games.
The currently #24 ranked Longhorns are now BCS bound.
In the Big 10, Nebraska defeats Michigan State but falls to both Penn State and Iowa. Minnesota defeats the Badgers and the Spartans and the Gophers feast on Buckeyes in the Big 10 championship game to hand Ohio State a single loss.
The currently unranked Gophers represent the Big 10 in the BCS.
Out West, Arizona wins out, handing defeats to Washington State, Oregon and the Sun Devils. UCLA loses to Washington and USC, but knocks off Arizona State, who also lose to Oregon State. USC beats UCLA, but loses to Stanford. But the Cardinal unexpectedly lose the Pac-12 championship game.
The 11-2 unranked Wildcats go to the Rose Bowl.
In the SEC, Georgia only needs to win out and have Missouri lose to both Ole Miss and Texas A&M to go to Atlanta, and a win there automatically qualifies the Bulldogs too.
Georgia goes to the Big Easy.
The big ugly would be which one-loss teams retains one of the two top slots in the BCS calculation? FSU, Ohio State or Alabama? How would that play out in the at-large scenario?
Here’s at least one possible outcome.
Orange Bowl 11-2 Duke vs 11-1 Clemson (the ACC tag team game)
Sugar Bowl 11-2 Georgia vs 12-0 Northern Illinois (the Dogfight)
Fiesta Bowl 10-2 Texas vs 6-6 USF (The Bullfight*)
Rose Bowl 11-2 Arizona vs 11-2 Minnesota (The Tournament of Posers)
BCS Championship #2 12-1 Alabama vs #1 12-0 Fresno State (The Pasadena Massacre)
* Feel free to use your own bovine-inspired and equally descriptive title
Due to the selection process for the last year of the BCS (Orange, Sugar, Fiesta), Tempe Arizona gets the short straw on who MUST take the .500 South Florida Bulls team as an automatic qualifier.
Leaving two 12-win teams (12-1 Ohio State, 12-1 Florida State) and two 11 win teams (11-1 Baylor and an 11-2 Stanford) completely out of the Bowl Championship Series while no less than six teams with two or more losses of which five are currently unranked in the 12th week of the season are retained instead.
“My God! It’s full of stars!”