I just took a look at the final BCS poll and guess what? Yep, I threw up! This thing is nothing but a serious joke. As you all know, I am not a Penn State fan, however they just beat LSU in a bowl game less than a week ago and the BCS has them ranked below LSU. How can that be? LSU is number 12 and PSU is number 13. To top it off, LSU is 9-4 and the Nitany Lion are 11-2. Would somebody please tell me what I may be missing. Also, Boise St., one of the only two undefeated teams in the nation is ranked #6 behind 4 other 1 loss teams. To add insult to injury, TCU who Boise St beat only 4 days ago in the Fiesta Bowl is ranked higher at #4. Once again I ask, how can this happen? Speaking of a joke, Nebraska who beat the BCS beloved Arizona Wildcats in their bowl game finished with a 10-3 record. Their three losses to Iowa St., Virginia Tech (11th in BCS) and Texas (2nd in BCS) were by a total of 4 points. That's right, 4 points. Guess where the mental midgets of the BCS have them ranked? #22. Are you kidding me? There are 7 teams with worse records ahead of them including Arizona who finished 8-5 and lost to Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl. The farce goes on. The Miami Hurricanes who lost to Wisconson in the Champs Sports bowl finished with a 9-4 record. I think you know where this is going! The Badgers beat Miami but are ranked lower at #25 with a 10-3 record. Now you may be inclined to say that the Big 10 is weak. Maybe? However, they were 4-3 in bowl games this year with wins over Miami (ACC), LSU (SEC), Oregon (Pac 10) and Georgia Tech (ACC). These teams finished the season ranked 15th, 12th, 7th and 9th respectively. For the record, the BCS's beloved Pac 10 finished 2-4 in bowl play this year. The BCS loves the Pac 10 and the proof is in the final poll. Three teams that are ranked in the top 25 are 8-5. Guess what, they are all from the Pac 10. They are Oregon St, Arizona and Stanford. They should not even be ranked with an 8-5 record. Can you say OVER RATED! I can. Speaking of the Pac 10 it looks like USC Coach Pete Carroll is taking the head coaching job for the Seattle Seahawks. He is getting out of dodge before the sheriff (NCAA) gets into town. USC just threw their basketball team under the bus for rules violations but has not found the wisdom to pull their heads out of the sand to investigate their own football team. This of course is a topic for another day. Speaking of USC, how on earth are they even ranked (#24) after losing 4 games to conference opponents Washington, Oregon, Stanford and Arizona by a combined 68 points. That's an average of 17 points per game or 2 touchdowns and a field goal. Their average margin of victory was 16 points. W-H-A-T?
It's time college football wises up and tells the BCS to take a hike. Let's can the preseason polls so we have no preconceived notions before week #5. After the games in the 5th week let's put the polls out. In 2008, 52% of the teams in the AP and USA Coaches Poll were not ranked at the end of the year. How can you possibly know how good or bad a team is before they take the field to play a game. You can only guess. Do away with strength of schedule. If you beat a team doesn't it diminish your strength of schedule in the log run? I don't really know the formula for this. Neither does Einstein. In a way wouldn't you hurt yourself by winning. Let's institute a playoff. This year we had 34 bowl games. More than half of the teams that played in them did not belong in a bowl game. Let's use some of these bowls as playoff games. The others can be filled up by the other teams. The major bowls, Rose, Sugar, Orange, Fiesta as well as the old New Year's Day favorites Cotton, Gator, Liberty amongst others should be used. Fifteen of the 34 bowls would be used for the playoffs. The top 16 teams make the playoffs. It would be over in 4 weeks. This years bowl schedule started on December 19th and ran until January 7th. If I am counting correctly, that is exactly 21 days or 3 weeks. Let the teams play 10 regular season games instead of 12 or 13. This would start the playoff the 3rd Saturday in December with it ending the 2nd Saturday in January with the National Championship. If they are worried about them getting in all of their conference games all they have to do is STOP scheduling all of these Division AA opponents. It's time they stopped whopping up on these teams and getting credit for it. If you play a AA school you should automatically drop 2 spots in the polls. Wouldn't all of this make more sense than what we have now?
Short and sweet - *Voter #1 at 7 o'clock...* Referendum question: *Should Wilkes-Barre switch to a Strong Tower form of government?* G'nite
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