Friday, October 22, 2010

BCS Standings: No Love For The Oregon Ducks

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The Oregon Ducks are ranked No. 1 in the TWO MAJOR college football polls-- The AP Poll and the USA Today Coaches Poll. They are also ranked No. 1 in just about every other side poll there is.

The Ducks, however, are NOT ranked No. 1 in the only poll that matters-- the BCS Rankings.

How in the world is this possible?

According to the BCS computers, the Oklahoma Sooners are No. 1, the Ducks are No. 2 and the Boise State Broncos are No. 3.

In almost every poll the Broncos are No. 2 and Oklahoma is No. 3. The Harris Interactive Poll (which is a component of the BCS rankings has Oregon at No. 1 and Oklahoma at No. 4. Their No. 3 team is the TCU Horned Frogs.

So again, how in the world does this happen? Why is Oregon getting hosed?

Yes, I've been knowing for the past 20 years that the polling system is a mess but I've never seen it this bad.

Another example of the "poll madness" going on is previous No. 1 (the Ohio State Buckeyes) who got the short end of the stick in the AP Poll. The Buckeyes suffered their first loss of the season to the Wisconsin Badgers and they dropped from No. 1 all the way to No. 11. When former No. 1 Alabama lost their first game they remained in the Top 10 at No. 8. But no Top 10 for Ohio State, according to the AP. To add insult to injury, Wisconsin (who already had 1 loss) jumps ahead of the Buckeyes, from No. 18 to No. 10.

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Why should the Badgers (6-1) be ranked ahead of the Buckeyes (6-1)?

Someone should tell the AP that even though Wisconsin beat Ohio State, it is still mathematically impossible for them to be ranked ahead of the Buckeyes because the Buckeyes lost their first game to a No. 18 team, while the Badgers lost their first game to a No. 24 team. So the strength of schedule component was stronger for the Buckeyes when they suffered their first loss as opposed to the Badgers.

The USA Today Poll got it somewhat right because they, at least, have the Buckeyes at No. 10 and the Badgers at No. 11. But only a few points separate them and it shouldn't be that close.

I'll give credit to the BCS on this issue because they were the only one's who got it right. They have Ohio State at No. 10 and Wisconsin at No. 13 and that makes more mathematical sense.

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Meanwhile, the Florida Gators have FINALLY been ousted from the polls. The Gators 88 consecutive weeks in the Top 25 has officially come to an end and it took 3 consecutive losses to get the pollsters to vote them out. I guess in the biased college football system some teams get the boot out of the Top 25 after suffering their first loss (i.e. Nevada), most teams get the boot if they suffer 2 consecutive losses, but NOT the privileged Gators. It took 3 consecutive losses to get them out.

Anyway--

In the end, I guess all the controversy is part of the equation. If college football had a playoff system then there wouldn't be anything to debate about. And debating is the one thing we as a society love to do.

So something tells me the current system isn't going anywhere any time soon.

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