We here at the KCCGD decided to split off the BCS Standings from the Pick It and Stick because of how important the BCS announcements were over the weekend. We’ll go in depth into some of the games and the final standings. Later on either this week or next, we’ll take a look at the bowls and maybe a specific Big 12 bowl post. Right now, it’s BCS time. As eveyone should know by now, the BCS Championhip game will be held in Pasadena, California at the Rose Bowl and it will be between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Texas Longhorns. It’s not without controversy, however. First, here are the final standings:
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As we see, it’s Alabama one and Texas two. Alabama routed Florida so they deserve to be there. Texas struggled against Nebraska and needed some official help to make out of the Big 12 title game with a win. Number two for them. Cincinnati’s last second win over Pittsburgh placed them higher than the mid-con wonder of the year, TCU. Playing a game over the weekend might have helped TCU stay at number 3. Florida drops the 5 after the loss and Boise State’s rout holds them steady at 6. Oregon’s close win last Thursday left them at 7 and the team everyone forgets, Ohio State, is stuck at 8. Georgia Tech’s close win over Clemson moves them to 9 and Iowa drops to 10. Here’s where it gets interesting.
All of the top 10 teams in the BCS Standings made it to a BCS bowl. This is the first time in the history of the BCS this has happened. Let’s start from the bottom up. The Orange Bowl will feature Iowa going against Georgia Tech. Oregon will take on Ohio State in the Rose Bowl. Boise State faces TCU in the Fiesta Bowl. Florida will try to knock off Cincinnati in the Sugar Bowl. Finally, Texas will try to beat on Alabama in the BCS Championship Game. Mostly, the matchups are pretty smooth. There is a hint of controversy, though.
Mostly, people are complaining about Boise State facing TCU. They are arguing that those schools are not getting the chance to face the big boys from the big conferences. Okay, we can see how that might happen, but let’s take a closer look at it. Ohio State and Oregon are contractually obligated by the draconian practices of the Big 10 and the Pac 10 so that knocks them out. What you have left is Cincinnati, Florida, Iowa, and Georgia tech. If you match one of the two with Cincinnati, you will get the same complaints plus those who will say the other lower undefeated team got screwed so mark them off. On the flip side, if you match them with Iowa, people will claim that as being lopsided. If you match Florida and Georgia Tech with them, it will leave out Cincinnati and put them up against a lopsided Iowa. This match up makes the most sense and it is sexy for the Fiesta Bowl to come out with an argument for a truer national champion argument than if Cincinatti beats Florida.
And that is that. We really like to bowl matchups and how they handled the undefeated teams left at the end of the season. Yes, it’s not perfect, but this is way better than a play off bracket. We can’t wait for the new year to get here to see how it all plays out. Until then, we’ll go over all the bowls and watch the pagentry attached to them. After a boring middle part of the season, the rivalry games and the championship games built enough momentum to keep us tuned in til the end. Let’s hope bowl season finishes as great as regular college football season.