On Upcoming BSC Bowl Slots

Bowl-pairing announcements will occur later today. As document through past posts, I’m not a BCS supporter – but it is what it is. Just thought I’d take a bit of time to predict how I see the pairings for the biggest, most lucrative games.

Before that, cheers to my Cincinnati Bearcats for another successful season. Personally, I thought Pitt posed match-up problems. However, after being down by 21, the team showed their fighting spirit and resilience. No matter what happens in their bowl game, next year, or the current coaching situation, it’s been a great year – thus thanks for the memories as they are something that critics, skeptics, and elitists can’t take away!

Below is my predictions how I think the bowl pairings will be …. not necessarily how I think they should be.

BCS Championship Game – Alabama vs. Texas

Rose Bowl – Ohio State vs. Oregon

Sugar Bowl – Cincinnati vs. Florida

Fiesta Bowl – Boise vs. TCU

Orange Bowl – Georgia Tech vs. Iowa

On College Football Problems

No doubt about it, college football is a great game. Yet, whether scheduling of out-of-conference games (OOC), bias in the polls, or no legitimate national champion, the game has its share of issues. Let us keep in mind that dollars are at the center of many debates. With this post, I’m taking an honest stand that will be unpopular with many fans – then again, that’s what I expect.

Let’s start is the ACC, Big 12, and SEC. These are the 12-team BCS conferences whose fans will be excited this weekend with their conference championship game. Wait a minute – why is there a conference championship game? Sure some fans will say because they have 2 divisions. I say what a bunch of crap! This extra game is all about revenue: revenue for the conference, revenue for the host city, revenue for the network, and possibly revenue for the participating schools. Why not play everyone and only 1 OOC game? Why have a conference if all teams don’t play each other? Oh, that’s right – revenue!

So how about the Big Can’t Count, most commonly known as the Big 10? Here’s a group of power elitists who not only forego a conference championship game by passing on a 12th team, each team doesn’t play 2 conference teams. Why not? Oh, that’s right. Playing more conference games would mean less home games – yep, less revenue.

Let us not forget about the BCS ugly stepsister, also known as the Big East. Given a 12-game schedule and an 8-team league, at least these schools play everyone in a season, but 5 OOC games is too many. Sure it is easy to say “expand by 2 teams” (and I wish they would), but pickings are slim (Temple, Army, and Navy) unless there was a major conference reshuffling – but that won’t happen because a conference would lose it’s title game.

So that leaves the PAC-10 – a 10-team conference without a conference title game, but where all teams face each other while playing 3 OOC games. (Interestingly, as a conference, they play the best OOC schedule). In my opinion, at least they serve as a model of what should be.

After next weekend’s games, the committees will announce pairings for all the bowls – and I can guarantee these things:

  • Elitist fans will demean the existence of the nonBCS schools, and the Big East representative.
  • Many fans will complain about the BCS format and call for a playoff.
  • Fans will forget that the conference title game is one of the extra games working against a playoff.

I can also guarantee that money is the root of the entire situation – including the money made by the conference title game. Bowl committees pick (or don’t pick) teams based on a business decision. The BCS lock-in system exists as a business decision. Meanwhile, as the upper division of college football continues to be the only major sport enterprise without a true champion, my hope of a playoff format continues to be nowhere in sight.

They’ve Earned It Rankings Week 11 ’09

Houston’s Cinderella slipper is captured by a Knight. Iowa’s bounce-back attempt didn’t make it out of the Horseshoe, yet the Buckeyes showed that they shouldn’t be forgotten. TCU unveils new uniforms and a stunning result while most of the top teams predictably held serve.

As I look ahead to next week, attention getters are few and far between. As far as I’m concerned, Alabama scheduling a non-D1 game at this point of the season is grounds for firing the AD. That’s pathetic!

Up- TCU, Cincinnati, Ohio State, Pitt
Down- Texas
Out- Houston, Iowa
In: Ohio State, Pitt

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (10-0) Next: Tenn-Chattanooga
  2. Florida (10-0) Next: @ Florida International
  3. Georgia Tech (10-1) Next: Georgia
  4. TCU (10-0) Next: @Wyoming
  5. Cincinnati (10-0) Next: Bye
  6. Texas (10-0) Next: Kansas
  7. Ohio State (9-2) Next: @ Michigan
  8. Pitt (9-1) Next: Bye
  9. Boise (10-0) Next: @ Utah State
  10. Oregon (8-2) Next: @Arizona

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Minnesota @ Iowa
  • LSU @ Mississippi
  • Cal @ Stanford

They’ve Earned It Rankings: Week 10 09

Given the anniversary of an important event as the wall of the Berlin Wall, the trivialness of college football had to wait a day.

Last week allowed fans to witness Oregon laying an egg at Stanford, which leads to one reason why I like observing PAC-10 football – the leader continues to be surprised! Then there’s Iowa who got their eyes scratched out by regular nemesis Northwestern. The sweater vest vies for some respect with an impressive road win, but is it enough to get into this elite ranking? Interestingly, most of the this week’s upward movement had more to do with team’s losing rather than top teams winning.

But wait – next week is big as most of the top teams take to the road, so this angle is interested in next weekend.

Up- Alabama, Florida, Georgia Tech, Texas, Cincinnati, TCU, Boise
Down- Oregon, Iowa
Out- LSU
Back – Houston

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Alabama (9-0) Next: @ Mississippi State
  2. Florida (8-0) Next: @ South Carolina
  3. Georgia Tech (7-1) Next: @ Duke
  4. Cincinnati (8-0) Next: West Virginia
  5. Texas (8-0) Next: @ Baylor
  6. TCU (8-0) Next: Utah
  7. Houston (8-1) Next: @ UCF
  8. Iowa (9-0) Next: @ Ohio State
  9. Boise (8-0) Next: Idaho
  10. Oregon (7-1) Next: Arizona State

Besides games involving the top 10 teams, here are the potential ranking-impact games.

  • Stanford @ USC
  • Miami (FL) @ North Carolina
  • Arizona @ Cal
  • Notre Dame @ Pitt

They’ve Earned it Rankings: Week 8 ’09

Although a several teams received a scare, Clemson beating Miami led the way for another week of college football. Then again, next week has set the stage for some sorting.

Movement

  • Up: Iowa, USC, Oregon, LSU
  • Down: Alabama, Georgia Tech, Cincinnati
  • Out: Houston, Miami (FL)
  • New: TCU, Oklahoma State, Texas

They’ve Earned It Top 10

  1. Iowa (8-0) Next: Indiana
  2. Alabama (8-0) Next: Bye
  3. USC (6-1) Next: @ Oregon
  4. Georgia Tech (6-1) Next: @ Vanderbilt
  5. Oregon (6-1) Next: USC
  6. Florida (7-0) Next: vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
  7. LSU (6-1) Next: Tulane
  8. Cincinnati (7-0) Next: @ Syracuse
  9. TCU (7-0) Next: UNLV
  10. Oklahoma State (6-1) & Texas (7-0) Next: Each other in Stillwater

Next Week’s Games of Interest

  • North Carolina @ Virginia Tech
  • West Virginia @ South Florida
  • Mississippi @ Auburn
  • Central Michigan @ Boston College