By Blaidd Drwg
The process is entirely to skewed to hand out bids to the “power” conferences and really goes out of its way to prevent deserving teams from getting into the big bowls in favor of lesser teams from the big conferences. There are 10 spots in BCS bowls – numbers 1 and 2 in the rankings play in the national championship game and there are automatic bids for the Big East, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, SEC and Pac 12 conferences. There are also 2 at-large bids, only one of which goes to a non-AQ conference if it is ranked in the top 10. The only up sides is that no conference can have more than 2 BCS teams, unless the conference winner is not ranked #1 or #2 and the top 2 teams are also from the same conference.
Here is how bad it looks right now:
There are 2 non-automatic qualifier schools currently ranked in the top 10 of the BCS standings – Houston at number 6 , and one of 2 undefeated teams left in college football, and Boise State, who’s only loss this season is by 1 point to the 18th ranked TCU Horned Frogs. Both teams have one game left against tough opponents and if they both win, only one of these teams is going to make it to a BCS bowl game. The other gets to go to a second tier bowl.
The Big East does not have a team currently ranked in the top 25, yet will be sending a team to a BCS bowl. The conference winner has the potential of being the 7-5 Louisville Cardinals, who are in 1st place and their season is done, and could end up there depending on what the teams with remaining games do this weekend.
Thanks to USC being ineligible for post-season play, the inaugural PAC 12 conference championship features the 10-2 Oregon Ducks vs. the 6-6 UCLA Bruins. If somehow UCLA pulls off the upset, you will have a 7-6 team from the PAC 12 in a BCS game.
Right now, the at-large bids are predicted to be Houston and Michigan. Michigan, while 10-2, is currently ranked 16th and didn’t even make it to its conference championship game. How does that make sense?
It gets even stranger with the top 2 teams in the country. Alabama is currently #2 and is done with its season. Its only loss was to #1 Auburn, but they finished second in their division and are not playing in their conference championship game. It is unlikely that Alabama will move from the #2 spot after the games this weekend. Auburn, currently ranked #1, plays #12 Georgia in the SEC championship game this weekend. If Georgia wins, they get a BCS automatic birth. The consensus is that if Auburn loses, they would not drop lower than #2, meaning Alabama moves up to #1 (most likely). This sets up a national championship game where neither of the teams involved won their conference.
I don’t care if they are the 2 best teams in the country. If college football wants to have this stupid setup for a championship and all of these mega conferences with conference championship games, teams should be excluded from playing in the national championship games if they can’t win their conference.