Sunday, December 4, 2011

BCS GOT IT WRONG ... AGAIN

Once again, the Bowl Championship Series and college football got it wrong.

Alabama — and not Oklahoma State — was selected on Sunday night to play in the BCS Championship Game against No. 1 LSU (Jan. 9, 2012 in New Orleans), even after failing to score a touchdown in their 9-6 loss to the Tigers earlier this season in Tuscaloosa.

Meanwhile, Oklahoma State — who possesses the same overall record as do the Crimson Tide (11-1) — will have to settle on a trip to the Fiesta Bowl to take on Stanford instead.

The BCS should be ashamed. The message they have sent to the rest of the college football world is simple: the Southeastern Conference is king and the rest of you can sit on it.

For them to deny Oklahoma State an opportunity to take down the nation's top team in LSU — one that Alabama has already been afforded — is at the least, unethical. At the most, criminal.

Seriously, I don't understand what criteria could be used to determine Alabama as the rightful opponent for LSU other than bringing together two schools — and fan bases — who are in extremely close proximity to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, site of the BCS Championship Game.

Do you feel the BCS got it right? If so, then please chew on these facts for a moment ...

Oklahoma State has beaten four BCS ranked teams (three in the top 14). Alabama has defeated 3 (only one in the top 21).

Oklahoma State has taken down nine bowl teams. Alabama six.

Oklahoma State possesses a conference championship (Big 12). Alabama didn't even make their league title game. Note: the Big 12, according to the computers used in the BCS formula, are rated as a better conference this season than the SEC.

To give this travesty some perspective, imagine the Pittsburgh Steelers winning the AFC title only to have the NFL select the New England Patriots as the conference's Super Bowl participant simply because they FEEL they would have a better chance to take down the Green Bay Packers.

How can a team be given a chance to win a national title when they couldn't even win — or play for — a conference championship? It's mind-blowing. It's a disgrace.

And yet, BCS executive director Bill Hancock can actually send out press releases and appear on television programs — with a straight face — and tout how they have made the right selection ... "again."

Wow! Just ... wow!

The fact is, until there is a playoff system in place the BCS and college football will remain a joke.

And not a funny one, either.