The BCS Can't Seem to Get Rid of Its East Coast Bias

Doug UrschelCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

Why hasn't the BCS selection process improved over the years?  The BCS keeps giving teams who continue to lose more chances.  Why?

Why did the BCS allow a team like Oklahoma another chance to prove that they are terrible in bowl games?  Did you know that their performance in the last BCS Championship caused the coaches to drop them to number five?  The AP dropped them to number five as well.

The coaches voted USC from No. 5 to No. 2 in their final poll.  Wouldn't it have been nice to have had two legitimate teams playing for the National Title?  Why was it impossible for USC to get any higher than five until the final game?

On the final coaches poll, Penn State was eighth, Oregon was ninth and Ohio State was 11th.  USC played and utterly destroyed all three.  They weren't close games—they were absolute blowouts.

I also noticed that the Pac-10 finished their bowl season as the number one conference.  They won all of their five games.  California beat Miami 24-17, Arizona beat BYU 31-21, and Oregon State beat Pitt 3-0.  Oregon beat Oklahoma State 42-31 and USC beat Penn State 38-24.  USC was ahead 31-7 late in the third quarter.

Yet many kept saying that the Pac-10 was "weak."  I guess voters need to say that to keep west coast teams away from some of their favorite programs.  That's really too bad for college football fans. 

In the last two years, 22 USC players went into the NFL.  Some will be starting on NFL teams this fall.  A scout from the NFL Colts told Pete Carroll that he had never before seen so many quality players on one college team.  He was speaking about the 2008 Trojan team.

Wouldn't it have been nice to have had coaches sharp enough to have not allowed a perennial losing bowl team to play against Florida this past year?  Wouldn't it have been great to see what Florida could have done against a team the has their first team move onto the NFL on a yearly basis?

Wouldn't it have been great for these coaches to have voted correctly in the first place?  It would really be great if the Harris Poll would have done their jobs and not dismissed all west coast teams. 

The first thing that needs to be done is review the members of the Harris Poll.  Who are they and what are their qualifications?  Where did they go to school and where do they live?  It's a known fact that most of the human votes come from the Midwest and east.  Is there an east coast bias?  Well, yes.

The BCS selection process gave us two consecutive years of an inferior Ohio State team.  USC put a dagger in their heart before it became a third year.  Then a tired, old, "great" Oklahoma team is forced on us and it's not a good game.

This year, the BCS and ESPN influence will have Oklahoma start near the top.  The BCS process will destroy itself and none too soon

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