Then, SEC Roy Kramer and his assistant, Charles Bloom created the BCS ranking system. Roy Kramer did most of the leg work, but Bloom had to approve his decisions.
There were dozens of football ranking systems who wanted to become part of the BCS. Among those rejected by Bloom and Kramer was one by the Los Angeles Times.
Those two selected the computer systems to be used. Bloom said all of them (computer people) had a common thread. He stated, "All of them are very computer literate, all enjoy math and they all love college football."
(The aforementioned is taken from PETER R. WOLFE, MD "Two BCS Pieces LAT on 10/18/01).
All of the people place different information into their computers to determine their rankings. However, Sagarin refuses to release his formula. He stated, "This is how I've made my living since 1972. I could care less what others do with their systems."
Sagarin might be a genuis in math, but he doesn't express himself well. He no doubt meant to say "couldn't care less - not could care less." Picky, picky, me.
Bloom and Kramer of the SEC were very clear about why they created the BCS the way they did it.
"The BCS is a selection system designed to give the top two teams in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) an opportunity to compete in a 'national championship game.' This championship is intended as a surrogate for a playoff system since the NCAA does not formally determine a champion in this category.
The BCS relies on a combination of polls and computer selection methods to determine relative team rankings and to narrow the field to two teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game, held after the other college bowl games. The winner of this game is crowned the BCS national champion and is guaranteed at least a share of the national championship."
(The aforementioned is from Wikipedia - Bowl Championship Series)
There wouldn't be so many complaints about the SEC way to the championship game if it was played on an equal field, but that's not the case.
All FBS schools outside the SEC have about the same chance of making it to the BCS Championship Game as the driver of a red corvette has of making it through a Mississippi speed trap.
Call me hesitant, but I wouldn't get into a gunfight with a SEC sheriff who handed me the gun I had to use. When a Florida running back calls the Referee "Dad," you have to take pause.
The SEC suspended the Officials of the Florida vs Arkansas game for bad calls. Marc Curles (a ref) called a penalty against Arkansas which allowed Florida to win the game. He stated that "I saw out of the corner of my eye what I thought had been a blow. I didn't see the the play." SEC, fire this guy! Urban Meyer, hire this guy!
This is the S-E-C: Anything can be made-up, including the scores. The Florida team has adopted Curles as a new mascot. This guy just "made something up" and threw a flag on something that he didn't see, because it didn't happen and the computers are good with that. The voters don't see anything wrong with that.
The south, only in the south.
Of course the SEC claimed that their officials were the best officials in the nation. The SEC has the best teams, coaches, players, song girls, mascots, stadiums, fried hog feet, chain gangs, history of segregation and best darn schedules in the FCS.
They ought to think about coming back to the FBS, if they want to play for a FBS title. Oh, I forgot, you have the coaches voting for each other and the newspapers in bed with you as well.
Pete Carroll of USC has declined to ever be a member of the Coach's Poll. The Los Angeles TIMES does not allow any of it's reporters to vote in the AP Poll. The LA TIMES is the largest newspaper west of the...east?
No coaching vote and no AP votes. I can't say that I agree with that, but they don't want to soil their hands.
Quoting RIVALS: "Seriously, Florida vs THE CITADEL? Florida is like the guy in your office that is paid the same salary, but goofs off and doesn't do as much work."
Yesterday, RIVALS had an article about the SEC. Quoting RIVALS: The SEC plays it safe. This year Urban Meyer played Charleston Southern. Meyer has stated he will continue to play a schedule that is most favorable to allowing his team to win all of their games. The easiest way to do this is to continue to play FCS schools and that what he intends to do."
RIVALS also pointed out that the SEC plays as many homes games as they can. It's odd that Florida hasn't played an OOC game west of the Mississippi River in 28 years!
There is something that is very odd about this computer system. Besides the fact that the SEC selected the computer people, the computer people don't hurt the ranking of the SEC teams when they play at home with the FCS.
The BCSEC has the fix in for the 2010 BCS championship. This game will again be between the BIG-12 and the SEC.
The BCSEC begins and ends their season attempting to bar USC from ever returning to the BCS Championship.
Quoting Charles Bloom, "The SEC should always have a team in the BCS Championship Game. The SEC is too good to be left out, regardless of the loss record."
I wonder if anyone in the south understands that it doesn't matter how good their teams are, if they all don't play each other. It's "hit and miss" in the SEC and a bunch of nobodies for OOC games.
When the ref's make-up calls to advance their team to the championship...the fat lady has sung and done. She's been fried, dyed, and laid to the side.