BCS Shenanigans Run Amok Again...Oh those Pesky Computers!
Last week, it was Oklahoma that bolted out of nowhere to claim the top spot in the BCS Poll. This week it looks to be Auburn’s turn to strike like a thief-in-the-night lightning bolt and claim the top spot from a trio of West Coast schools (Oregon, Boise State and Utah) and a Southwest program (TCU) that plays in the Mountain West.
Here is the question that should be digested for all those concerned about the legitimacy of the BCS:
If there is equal weight given to the three factions of the BCS Formula (Coaches Poll, Harris Poll and Computer Formula’s), how can the opponents record, which is only one of 25 statistical categories measured within the entire computer formula, carry enough weight to catapult programs like Oklahoma and Auburn into the No. 1 position given the fact that in the Harris Poll and Coaches Poll, which are given two-thirds the weight in the overall BCS Poll, had Oklahoma sixth (in both Harris and Coaches Poll) and Auburn third in the Coaches Poll and fifth in the Harris Poll?
Opponent record was THE major and single most important category given for Oklahoma’s meteoric rise to No. 1 last week as the Sooner opponents had amassed a 23-10 overall record through Week 7. This week No. 8 Auburn leads the field of the unblemished and undefeated with a 37-15 overall mark.
But I digress, to state it again, how can one statistical measurement, which is only one-twenty-fifth of the computer formula, in a formula that only grants the computers one-third of the overall BCS Formula for determining No. 1 carry such an enormous amount of weight to drive Oklahoma and Auburn to the top of the heap?
The answer: It can’t and so goes the illegitimacy of a highly fraudulent system that destroys the very fabric of the American way of life.
Anything look remotely fishy there, especially considering as I am typing and listening to the LSU-South Carolina Women's Soccer game on ESPN, that the announcers have made several points for its viewing audience to make sure they TUNE in for the 5:15 p.m. announcement this afternoon to get EXPERT ANALYSIS on the developing BCS picture.
Anything sound remotely close to EXPERT ANALYSIS given the question I just posed in terms of how Oregon, Boise State, TCU and Utah keep getting bypassed in the polls by programs that were not ranked on average between the two critical polls (Coaches & Harris) in the one, two or three positions coming into the weekend?
One thing is quite certain, given the history of the BCS throughout its 12-year history of corruption and bamboozlement…the West Coast schools will take it in the shorts time and time again, even if the results defy logic and common sense.
Consider the Nebraska-Oregon debate in 2002 when the Huskers didn’t even win their division let alone their conference championship yet were granted the right to play Miami in the Rose Bowl where they lost 34-0.
The major reason given by Nebraska chancellor Harvey Pearlman was that “if the Huskers played in a comparable conference to the PAC-10, they would be the conference champions.” The Ducks went on the route a Buffalo program which defeated Nebraska 62-36 and won the Big 12 Championship by a sizable 38-16 margin in the Fiesta Bowl.
Utah has suffered the wrath of the BCS twice and both times defeated a major automatic qualifying team by sizable and humiliating margin; Pittsburgh (who won the Big East) 35-7 in the 2004 Fiesta Bowl and Alabama in the 2008 Sugar Bowl 31-17. The Utes defeated (9-4) Oregon State, (8-5) Air Force, (11-2) TCU, (10-3) BYU and (12-2) Alabama on their way to a 13-0 2008 season.
Like the Cold War conflict between Russian and American super powers, the two factions (East versus West) will rarely, if ever, settle the issue in reality…but they do fight quite often in the surreal realm of hypothetical.
Oh those pesky computers…after all, who do we blame when it is the computers fault?
In what is amounting to fraud by design, which eliminates the moral hazard and personal accountability of the conference administrators, athletic directors, coaches and television analysts from being responsible for a toxic and reprehensible fraud that takes advantage of university student-athletes and season ticket holders, who carry the burden and cost of the entire BCS platform, when will the student athletes and ticket holders wake up to recognize the Ponzified scheme that is taking place in college football?
I don’t blame you folks, for it has taken me seven years of extensive research to tie the pieces of the puzzle together for the BCS system is so convoluted by design—a Hegelian divide-and-conquer strategy mixed with disinformation, disillusion and propaganda by an equally fraudulent and participant media enterprise that rakes in billions from the process, that it is difficult to get your arms around the entire gauntlet of issues.
The entire system renders no single body in charge of it all to take the fall, and in the process, season ticket holders, fans and student-athletes get lost in a convoluted and ever turning set of issues that essentially hides the bowl empire shuffle that has poisoned intercollegiate athletics.
The whole system has become toxic to the point that the University of California is considering cutting several sports, including baseball, which has a rich and outstanding history and heritage (over 30 current big league players playing at the Major League level), due to the rising costs of intercollegiate athletics.
Something that the revenue from a playoff structure (purported to be close to 780 million dollars) without the black-hole expenditures resulting from the tax free, foundation-based bowl empire would fix quite rapidly and quite possibly to the point where you could actually add a few additional sports rather than eliminating opportunities from the student athletes that are grossly taken advantage of or maybe even providing some stipends for the student-athletes themselves.
We have witnessed such shenanigans before but never has the system been so blatant and in-your-face. It didn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that Ohio State was over-rated, nor did it take much gray matter upstairs to see that Oklahoma was going to struggle to hold on to the pinnacle position. They had difficulty beating Utah State and Cincinnati as well as Air Force and Texas. Yes, three of the four in that scenario will likely go bowling by December, but given TCU’s performance versus Air Force and UCLA and Iowa State’s performance versus Texas, it didn’t bode well for Oklahoma.
After all, few noticed on Saturday that TCU, with perhaps the best defense in the entire country, held the nation's No. 1 rushing attack (Air Force) to 231 total yards and only 184 yards on the ground. By the way, they won 38-7. Oklahoma by comparison, gave up 458 total yards and a whopping 351 yards rushing in a 27-24 victory over this same Falcon squad back on September 18th in Week 3 of the 2010 campaign.
If you were to ask any of the so called EXPERT ANALYSTS on the major networks, they would tell you the two most important criteria in defining a championship level program is team defense and the ability to stop the run. Oklahoma and Ohio State are nowhere even close in this regard and Auburn, who will likely grace the top of the BCS Poll announced in a little less than a hour from now on ESPN, is not within the Top-10 in total defense or the ability to stop the run.
LSU, which had the defense in place to stop Auburn and their high-powered offense, centered around sensational quarterback Cameron Newton, lacked a passing game to attack a porous Tiger secondary, which is ranked 101st out of 120 teams at the FBS level. That’s 101st!
Does that sound like championship football to you? Does this sound like the best conference (SEC) in college football? Consider that Georgia, a team that lost to Colorado 29-27 to drop to 1-4 this season has the inside track to win the SEC East on the way to Atlanta and the SEC Championship game. That is if they can get by a Florida program that has lost three in a row and has difficulty completing a forward pass.
A closer dissection is even more revealing. If defense truly defines a championship team, the BCS Poll of the last two weeks is even more fraudulent than many realize. Oklahoma sports a defense that is 80th in total defense; 59th against the run and 91st versus the pass. Auburn by comparison is 49th in total defense, 16th versus the rush and 101st versus the pass (wouldn’t the PAC-10 Conference with Foley, Luck, Barkley and Thomas love to get a crack at that Tiger pass coverage?).
Oregon by comparison, which has earned the No. 1 position in both the Coaches and Harris Poll the last two weeks, which accounts for two-thirds of the supposed BCS Formula, yet incredibly they were ranked behind both Oklahoma and Auburn due to the opponent record factor (which again is one-twenty-fifth of one-third of the overall BCS rating), is 30th in total defense, 37th versus the rush and 51st versus the pass.
But don’t cry for Oregon…Boise State, TCU and Utah rank No. 1, No. 2 and No. 5 respectively in total defense.
If defense wins championships that BCS Poll is as fraudulent as the Auburn and Oklahoma defense! It is time for the fans to DEMAND A CHANGE in this system because what is to keep Alabama or Oklahoma from re-entering the picture, considering both still control their destiny if they make it to the conference championship game?
If the BCS cronies have already pulled the wool over everybody's eyes by placing Oklahoma and Auburn at the head of the line, how will they keep the same Sooners and Crimson Tide out when the fraudulent computer formula's only account for one third of the vote in the entire BCS Formula?
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