2nd? Are you kidding?

The Baltimore Sun

I'm as big a fan of messing up the Bowl Championship Series every season as anyone, so nobody was rooting harder for Texas Tech to beat Texas on Saturday in Lubbock than me.

But jumping the Red Raiders from seventh to second in the BCS rankings - over unbeaten and idle Penn State?

Do those voting in the various BCS polls disrespect the Big Ten that much?

Or was it just another computer malfunction, since it was reportedly the computer polls that did in the Nittany Lions by placing them fourth in that category?

A week removed from a tough win at then-No. 10 Ohio State, Penn State deserves a little more respect. Joe Paterno's team should not have to pay for the Buckeyes being blown out in the past two BCS title games.

And Paterno, bless his 81-year-old heart, deserves one last chance to play for another national championship before somebody can persuade him to retire. (Maybe they should hire a new coach and just let Paterno sit in the press box thinking he's still coaching.)

Let's face it: Leapfrogging in the polls is not exactly a spectator sport, and it's nothing new to college football.

Not that I wouldn't love a Penn State-Texas Tech matchup in the BCS title game in Miami in January - the new-age spread offense of Mike Leach and Heisman Trophy contender Graham Harrell against Paterno's old-school defense.

What I'd like to see even more is for university presidents to stop pretending that college football wouldn't be better off with a playoff system.

Until that happens, this game of computer leapfrog is about as exciting as it gets.

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