By Chris Dufresne, Tribune Newspapers
December 8, 2011
It's fitting only 0.0086 ended up separating No. 3 Oklahoma State from No. 2 Alabama in the final Bowl Championship Series standings.
This is the year everything got 0.0086'd.
It was never accurate to say before Sunday that LSU and Alabama were "clearly" the two best teams in the country.
You had to wait until the final BCS standings to determine that Alabama against Oklahoma State ended up a statistical draw. Had one BCS computer flipped and a few more voters considered Oklahoma State's case, we'd be getting an entirely more festive bowl season.
That's not to say LSU and Alabama are not the best teams. But if those teams have already played, and Team 3 is a co-equal option and champion from a great conference, to me it's a no-BCS brainer.
Thanks a coal-in-your-stockings lot, coaches and Harris voters and all you myopic bowl directors who couldn't see Wake Forest for the fees.
And you wonder why people loathe the BCS?
A chimp could have picked better bowl matchups out of Les Miles' hat.
Imagine if Oklahoma State had prevailed by .0.0086 over Alabama.
The BCS title would have been LSU versus Oklahoma State, with Alabama staying in New Orleans to play in the Sugar Bowl.
Brain cells harvested in a Petri dish could have seen that Boise State against Alabama would be almost as compelling as the title game.
But hey, that's just me and 49 other states talking.
Because Alabama prevailed by .0.0086, the Sugar Bowl is matching Michigan against a two-loss Virginia Tech team coming off a 28-point loss to Clemson.
Because the Sugar Bowl didn't have Alabama (thanks again, BCS), it went into panic mode and reverted to the back-room days when you booked bowl teams in October based on their fight songs.
This year's selection process was a charade that passed over Boise State and Kansas State in the final BCS standings.
Virginia Tech-Michigan is the first Sugar Bowl matchup not featuring top-10 teams since USA Today started administrating the coaches' poll in 1991.
Boise State and Kansas State finished No. 7 and No. 8 in the BCS, compared with 11 and 13.
The BCS is designed to give schools flexibility in bowl selection, but every 10 or 15 years common sense should prevail.
Leaving Boise State out of the BCS is the reason the Broncos can't get to the Big East fast enough.
Quarterback Kellen Moore is 49-3 in his career, with three losses by a total of five points.
Boise State is one play and two kicks from possibly playing in consecutive national title games, yet is headed to its second straight Las Vegas Bowl.
The Sugar Bowl/BCS owes Moore an apology.
The choice of Michigan was a bowl rep favoring the better-looking helmet after years, perhaps, of not wearing one.
Interesting, isn't it, Michigan needed to move up two spots in the final BCS standings to be eligible and moved up three?
And little-tadpole Texas Christian, which needed to move up two BCS positions to earn an automatic bid, didn't budge one spot?
The day after BCS Sunday is like shining a flashlight into the hull of a cargo ship.
Alabama coach Nick Saban voted Stanford No. 3 ahead of Oklahoma State, as if Saban has seen the Cardinal play.
His every-right-to-do-it move, though, allowed Saban to create a wedge between the team trying to catch his in the BCS standings.
Boise State coach Chris Petersen should not feel good about voting his team No. 5 and TCU at No. 18. That 13-postion gap ranked the widest among the 59 voting coaches.
TCU needed to finish in the top 16 to guarantee a BCS spot that Boise also coveted.
ESPN's Craig James, an AP voter, moved Boise State up one spot this week to No. 23.
For the record, 52 out of 59 coaches voted Boise in their top nine.
The next breaking news bulletin should be the AP revoking James' voting privileges.
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