Tuesday, December 16, 2008

The REAL BCS Rankings

The end-of-the-season BCS standings, which determined who went to the bowl games.

But if I was in charge, I would rank the teams much differently, based upon several reasons, especially head-to-head matchups. I think those wins against teams ranked higher than the teams who beat them matter, unless the lower-ranked team is just completely horrible and won on a fluke. I don't feel as though the BCS system factors that in enough, and a playoff system (used by lower divisions of college football and the National Football League) would definitely at least give undefeated teams such as Boise State and Utah a chance at the national champion title. And, if the BCS bowls are supposed to be the kings of all bowl games, then why are there automatic bids? Why don't the top 10 teams automatically take those slots?

My end-of-season BCS (emphasis on the B and the S, in the case of the original ones) rankings:
  1. Texas (only loss was to Texas Tech, who is way better than the Ole Miss team that gave UF its one loss; beat Oklahoma)
  2. Florida (Tim Tebow)
  3. Boise State (undefeated, and the team has proven it can win a BCS bowl)
  4. Oklahoma (lost to Texas)
  5. Texas Tech (expect a shootout)
  6. Penn State (weak schedule, but impressive playing nonetheless)
  7. USC (continuing the dynasty, but not quite the way they should've with how well they started out the season)
  8. Utah (undefeated, but pretty weak schedule)
  9. Alabama (hyped, but unable to live up to it against UF; weak schedule and a lot of near-losses)
  10. Oklahoma State (pretty darn good, just not good enough for their division)
  11. Virginia Tech (beat GT, UNC, Nebraska and exacted revenge on BC; won out in the toughest conference in the country to play in this year; did it all with a young team and an idiotic offensive coordinator)
  12. TCU (scary mascot, good team)
  13. Georgia Tech (great defense, great option plays, almost survived the ACC; beat Georgia)
  14. BYU (lost hype after taking one loss, but still competitive)
  15. Georgia (fizzled out quick, but better than the teams below it here)
  16. Oregon (didn't get enough attention; they can put some points on the board)
  17. Michigan State (see #16)
  18. Missouri (Chase Daniel)
  19. Cincinnati (won the Big East to play in the Orange Bowl, but almost lost to Hawaii; Big East easily weakest BCS conference this year)
  20. Buffalo (beat previously undefeated Ball State to win the MAC; one of the most underrated teams in the media)
  21. Mississippi (beat Florida; 'nuff said)
  22. Pittsburgh (won the Backyard Brawl; should've won the Big East)
  23. Oregon State (ended USC's title hopes)
  24. Iowa (ended Penn State's title hopes)
  25. East Carolina (beat VT, destroyed WVU and won C-USA)


LennyNero said...

I don't see Marshall on this list. How can you leave off the team with the most wins in the 1990s?!?!

JD said...

Haha, well, while I am a Marshall alumnus and would love to see them in the rankings, this list is for THIS year. And yeah, Marshall was great in the '90s, and I realllllyy hope to see them bounce back to that level of playing in the 2000s at some point... but it sure as heck hasn't happened yet.

A big win over Houston this year, but dropping a game to UCF during a horrendous homecoming performance will likely keep anyone off the BCS rankings. If Marshall could've beaten WVU, Cincy or East Carolina, all of those would have been big, needed wins toward getting the program back on track. Better luck next year (I hope).