Georgia Football: Why Bulldogs BCS Snub Is the Worst in BCS History

Brian Jones@Brian_L_JonesContributor IDecember 4, 2012

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 01: Head coach Mark Richt of the Georgia Bulldogs motions from the sidelines against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the second quarter of the SEC Championship Game at the Georgia Dome on December 1, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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What the Georgia Bulldogs went through on Saturday is nothing new.

Since the BCS began in1998, there has been a team or two that have been either left out of the BCS National Championship Game or left of the any of the BCS games which are the Sugar Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl.

The Bulldogs did lose to Alabama in the SEC Championship Game on Saturday, which was also called the national semifinal game as the winner would go on to face Notre Dame in the BCS championship game.

With the Bulldogs being ranked No. 3 in the BCS before the game against the Crimson Tide, they dropped to No. 7 and instead of playing in the BCS bowl game, they will face Nebraska in the Capital One Bowl.

The reason for this is Alabama and Florida are the two SEC teams that will play in BCS bowl games (Florida will play in the Sugar Bowl) and the BCS only allows two teams per conference to take part in the BCS games.

While the BCS is trying to make things fair for all the teams involved, Georgia gets snubbed, which makes its snub the worst in BCS history.

Of course, if the Bulldogs were able to finish out that late drive in the fourth quarter, they would not have a gripe because they would be playing Notre Dame in the national championship game. But as good of a game as Georgia played against Alabama and the fact it gave the BCS-bound Gators their only loss, Georgia should have gotten a at-large bid.

But here’s the reason why it’s the worst snub in BCS history. If you were to look at some of the teams that got snubbed in the BCS, that team would still be in a BCS bowl; they just would not be playing for a national championship.

One of the best examples is the 2004 Auburn Tigers who finished the season undefeated. But during that year, there were five teams that finished the regular season undefeated including USC and Oklahoma, and those two teams played for the BCS championship. Auburn defeated Virginia Tech in the Sugar Bowl, so the Trojans and the Tigers finished the season undefeated, but the Trojans were the national champions.

Another example was back in 2003 when USC, LSU and Oklahoma all ended the regular season with one loss. USC was ranked No. 2 in the human polls, but the computers like the Sooners more so LSU and Oklahoma got to play for the national title.

But there is one example where a team that was ranked in the Top Five of the BCS and did not play in any BCS bowl game was in 1998 when Kansas State finished No. 3 in the BCS, but got passed up by passed up by other teams that were ranked in the Top 10 because they weren’t a “sexy pick.” That prompted the rule where if a team that the No. 3 team in the BCS is guaranteed to play in a BCS bowl.

Those snubs are bad, especially Kansas State, but when fans look back at the 2012 SEC Championship Game, they will think the No. 1 team and No. 2 team were on the field instead of No. 2 and No. 3, which makes the Bulldogs' snub more painful.

The 1998 Kansas State team’s sub could be just as bad as Georgia’s. But the Wildcats that year were undefeated until they lost to Texas A&M in the conference championship game which could be another reason why they did not play in a BCS bowl.

When push comes to shove, the Bulldogs will have to pick up the pieces from their loss against the Crimson Tide and finish their season on a high note when the face Nebraska on New Year’s Day. But the players, coaches, students, alumni and fans know the Bulldogs deserve better than a trip to Orlando, especially when the Gators get to go to New Orleans and Northern Illinois gets to go to Miami.

It’s just makes you wonder if the Bulldogs would have been snubbed if the new playoff system began this year.