Archive for the ‘BCS’ Category

Rid the Broken BCS

January 9, 2009

Glad that’s over.

Is it just me or does the end to the college football season seem anticlimactic now? Another end to the season marred by the BCS because yet another team or two has a legitimate argument that they should be champions. The current BCS system is failing and failing bad.

Stewart Mandel at recently pointed out exactly how bad things have gotten for the BCS since the induction of the fifth game. Some interesting things he pointed out before the Fiesta Bowl and last night’s BCS Championship:

  • “The Cincinnati-Virginia Tech Orange Bowl played on New Year’s night drew a paltry 6.1 overnight rating for FOX, shattering the previous low of 6.98 set by the 2007 Wake Forest-Louisville Orange Bowl. By point of comparison, the Dec. 27 Florida State-Wisconsin Champs Sports Bowl drew nearly the same-sized audience.”
  • “The Utah-Alabama Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 garnered a 7.8 rating, an 11 percent increase from last year’s Georgia-Hawaii game. Even so, the game ranked seventh-lowest among the 45 BCS games played to date.”
  • “Only the USC-Penn State Rose Bowl on ABC garnered its typically high rating of 12.6, up from 12.0 for last year’s USC-Illinois game. But even that number marked the third-lowest of the 11 Rose Bowls played during the BCS era.”

The 2009 Fiesta Bowl did draw an increase of 39% from 2008 and 29% from 2007. Then again, you had West Virginia and Boise State playing against Oklahoma in those two years. Last night’s 2009 BCS Championship game drew 24 million viewers from 8 pm to 10 pm. Meanwhile, ABC, NBC, and CBS drew a combined 25 million viewers in that same time slot with mostly repeat episodes.

In comparison, Super Bowl XLII (2008) drew 97 million viewers – more than 4 times as many as last night’s game. Although the Super Bowl is on a much grander stage, the BCS Championship should bring in more viewers. It would be hard to estimate what a championship game in college football would draw if it was the culmination of a playoff system, but I can almost guarantee it would be higher than 24 million.

Besides the abysmal television ratings, the current BCS Championship game is far from a championship under any sensible interpretation. In no way whatsoever can a true champion be determined from computer systems and polls voted on by biased coaches and ESPN’s talking heads. In no other sport besides NCAA Division I football, college or professional, do you see a format this unjust with a result this controversial after every game has been played.

Whether you like him or not, this guy has a pretty good point:

All the Marbles

January 8, 2007

So, tonight is finally the night that college football crowns its “Super Awesome Fun American Football Team of the Year”. I for one can’t wait. Unfortunately I have nothing insightful to say about the match up. I expect Ohio State to be a bit more physical and for even Florida’s most broken plays to be described as demonstrative of Urban Meyer’s superior intellect.

Outside of that I decided the National Championship game was a good time to remind folks just how Ohio State stockpiles its immense talent. Without further ado I present to you the Best Recruiting Video Ever (HT – MZone). A word of warning, the video is not the slightest bit safe for work – unless Hugh Hefner happens to be your boss.

Oh, and Don’t forget…

Michigan bloggers love the BCS and want to have a million of its babies

December 5, 2006

I can’t even imagine what I would write or who I would blame if this ever happened to Nebraska. I can only hope that I would handle it with dignity and class…just like these guys.

First is Brian at M Go Blog. You have to hand it to the guy, even his most vitriolic declarations are exquisitely written. I only wish my students could frame their thoughts this well.

“There’s no conspiracy here save that of stupidity. The BCS is a Lovecraftian monster with parts swiped from any system that was handy. A playoff beak here; bowl tentacles there. It is a playoff, a two team playoff, which is no playoff at all. It has ruined college football’s most hallowed traditions, kicked a half-dozen teams directly in the nuts, and given us mostly grief. The people who run the BCS are, bluntly, idiots. The Harris poll has talk radio hosts in it and guys who vote Boise #2. Richard Billingsley’s formula is a disjointed mess. The rest of the computers are crippled by an inability to consider the same factors humans do. The coaches — glorified gym teachers all — are hopelessly biased. Only Jim Tressel, who abstained after looking at the absurdity of picking one of two teams and seeing it spun as an insult to his opponent either way, seems sane to me.

And somehow people who oppose a playoff will tell me that watching a bunch of idiots decide that my 11-1 team doesn’t deserve to go to the national championship game because there’s a much worse 12-1 team that had the good fortune to play in a conference without Ohio State is a beautiful thing that adds to the unique charm of college fooball. To them, I only say that I wish you would die in a hideous and painful fashion because a bunch of gym teachers held a vote.”

The folks at the M Zone suspect the infamous Katherine Harris is behind key component of the BCS formula the Harris Poll. I was living in Florida during the 2000 election and it wouldn’t surprise me a bit to find out Mrs. Harris did indeed have her hands in this mess as well.

“Yesterday, her poll declared Florida #2, leapfrogging the University of Michigan, and sending the Gators to the championship game in Glendale, Arizona, to face Ohio State. But the MZone has learned Harris unilaterally certified her poll’s results before anyone could question some of the irregular voting in the Harris Poll.

“I didn’t need people asking stupid questions like who the fuck are the jokers in the Harris Poll and why do some ballots make no sense,” said Harris when asked if she thought that was proper. “It’s Florida and involves voting, so we’ll do things how I damn well please.”

Ronald Bellamy’s underachieving All-Stars will probably be receiving some restraining orders.

“Fuck Florida, fuck Fox, and fuck the BCS. That selection show of theirs was like watching QVC cover the presidential election. Don’t worry though, Fox has its best men on the job to announce the games, including Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw, Pat Haden, Barry Alvarez, and Thom Brennaman, who described it as “an odd situation.” CAN YOU FEEL THE PASSION!?!?!?!”

Maize n Brew thinks Urban Meyer might want to see a urologist.

“How 71% of the coaches who voted on this thing lost their {bleep}ing minds in the span of 24 hours utterly baffles me. Yes Florida played 13 games. Yes they only lost once and won their conference championship. Fine, the streets of Gainesville are lined with gold and Urban Meyer pees a stream of diamonds that smell like sunshine.”

Hey, if passing precious stones is wrong, I don’t wanna be right.

A playoff would do nothing, but rob us of these brilliant reactions. This is what makes college football so great…and so humorous.

Bowl Schedule

December 4, 2006

It is officially Ohio State – Florida in Glendale. The boys at EDSBS are gloating triumphantly and Brian from MGoBlog is, um, unhappy. Anyway, here is the complete bowl schedule.

San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia
TCU vs. Northern Illinois San Diego Dec. 19, 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD

Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas
BYU vs. Oregon Las Vegas Dec. 21, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

R&L Carriers New Orleans Bowl
Rice vs. Troy New Orleans Dec. 22, 8 p.m. ESPN2 HD Bowl
South Florida vs. East Carolina Birmingham, Ala. Dec. 23, 1 p.m. ESPN2 HD

New Mexico
New Mexico vs. San Jose State Albuquerque, N.M. Dec. 23, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Bell Helicopter Armed Forces
Tulsa vs. Utah Fort Worth, Texas Dec. 23, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Sheraton Hawaii
Arizona State vs. Hawaii Honolulu Dec. 24, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Motor City
Middle Tennessee vs. Central Michigan Detroit Dec. 26, 7:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Florida State vs. UCLA San Francisco Dec. 27, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

PetroSun Independence
Oklahoma State vs. Alabama Shreveport, La. Dec. 28, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Pacific Life Holiday
California vs. Texas A&M San Diego Dec. 28, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Rutgers vs. Kansas State Houston Dec. 28, 8 p.m. NFL Network

Gaylord Hotels Music City
Clemson vs. Kentucky Nashville, Tenn. Dec. 29, 1 p.m. ESPN HD

Brut Sun
Oregon State vs. Missouri El Paso, Texas Dec. 29, 2 p.m. CBS

AutoZone Liberty
Houston vs. South Carolina Memphis, Tenn. Dec. 29, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Texas Tech vs. Minnesota Tempe, Ariz. Dec. 29, 7:30 p.m. NFL Network

Champs Sports
Purdue vs. Maryland Orlando, Fla. Dec. 29, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Meineke Car Care
Navy vs. Boston College Charlotte, N.C. Dec. 30, 1 p.m. ESPN HD

Texas vs. Iowa San Antonio Dec. 30, 4:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Georgia vs. Virginia Tech Atlanta Dec. 30, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

MPC Computers
Miami, Fla. vs. Nevada Boise, Idaho Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m. ESPN HD

Tennessee vs. Penn State Tampa, Fla. Jan. 1, 11 a.m. ESPN HD

AT&T Cotton
Auburn vs. Nebraska Dallas Jan. 1, 11:30 a.m. FOX

Toyota Gator
West Virginia vs. Georgia Tech Jacksonville, Fla. Jan. 1, 1 p.m. CBS

Capital One
Arkansas vs. Wisconsin Orlando, Fla. Jan. 1, 1 p.m. ABC HD

Rose Bowl presented by Citi
USC vs. Michigan Pasadena, Calif. Jan. 1, 5 p.m. ABC HD

Tostitos Fiesta
Boise State vs. Oklahoma Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 1, 8 p.m. FOX

FedEx Orange
Louisville vs. Wake Forest Miami Jan. 2, 8 p.m. FOX

Allstate Sugar
Notre Dame vs. LSU New Orleans Jan. 3, 8 p.m. FOX

Cincinnati vs. Western Michigan Toronto Jan. 6, Noon ESPN2 HD

Ohio vs. Southern Miss Mobile, Ala. Jan. 7, 8 p.m. ESPN HD

Tostitos BCS Championship Game
Florida vs. Ohio State Glendale, Ariz. Jan. 8, 8 p.m. FOX