BCS Rankings Week 14: Why This Is Worst Season of the BCS Era

Trae ThompsonSenior Analyst INovember 29, 2010

BCS Rankings Week 14: Why This Is Worst Season of the BCS Era

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    EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 26:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a touchdown run against the Arizona Wildcats on November 26, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    Just one week left to go.

    College football's regular season will conclude Saturday night, and then it will be time for bowl season. Debates will continue, and there will likely be more controversy surrounding the BCS National Championship Game.

    Auburn and Oregon certainly have had good seasons, but there aren't many other things to rave about after another year of the BCS era. A playoff? Still missing. Bad conferences? They definitely exist. Great dynasties? Forget about that.

    Those aren't the only negatives. Here are 20 reasons why this has been the worst season of the BCS era.

20. No Mike Leach

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    LUBBOCK, TX - NOVEMBER 01:  Head coach Mike Leach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders coaches from the sidelines during the game against  the Texas Longhorns on November 1, 2008 at Jones Stadium in Lubbock, Texas.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    Whether you follow Texas Tech or not, not having Mike Leach on the sidelines is a tragedy. Besides being one of the great offensive minds in the game, Leach also is the only coach around who will talk about pirates and dispense dating advice.

19. Not Enough Blowups

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    DURHAM, NC - SEPTEMBER 13:  Head coach Ken Niumatalolo of the Navy Midshipmen looks on against the Duke Blue Devils during the game at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 13, 2008 in Durham, North Carolina.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
    Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

    What makes college football extra enjoyable is when coaches explode. Mike Gundy set the standard, but no one's really been able to match it since. Nick Saban came pretty close this year with backup quarterback AJ McCarron, and Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo was furious during the Maryland game.

    That just doesn't seem to be enough, though.

18. No Starpower

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    DALLAS - OCTOBER 6:  Quarterback Sam Bradford #14 of the Oklahoma Sooners and Colt McCoy of the Texas Longhorns after the Sooners defeated the Longhorns 28-21 at the Cotton Bowl October 6, 2007 in Dallas, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    It's too bad we can't be treated to another year like when the Big 12 had a collection of quarterbacks that included Oklahoma's Sam Bradford, Graham Harrell at Texas Tech, Chase Daniel at Missouri and Colt McCoy leading Texas.

    Everyone benefits in college football when you get that kind of starpower in one conference.

17. No More Dynasties

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    2 Jan 1996:  Quarterback Tommie Frazier #15 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers celebrates a touchdown against the Florida Gators in the Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe, Arizona. Nebraska defeated Florida 62-24.  Mandatory Credit:  Mike Powell/Allsport
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    Forget about seeing more dynasties like Florida's Fun-n-Gun, or the Nebraska teams of the late 1990s and Miami teams from the 1980s.

    Programs have improved, and it will be even harder for teams to dominate on a yearly basis.

16. They Lost To Tulsa

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    SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 30: Cory Dorris #93 of the Tulsa Golden Hurricane takes on Taylor Dever #75 and Cierre Wood #20 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium on October 30, 2010 in South Bend, Indiana. Tulsa defeated Notre Dame 28-27. (P
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    Sure, they're 7-5 under first-year coach Brian Kelly, but one of Notre Dame's losses was a 28-27 defeat to Tulsa on Oct. 30.

    Notre Dame's glory days are a distant memory, and this is further proof. College football will definitely benefit once Kelly restores the Fightin' Irish to its rightful place.

15. They Won't Defend

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    BATON ROUGE, LA - NOVEMBER 06:  Mark Ingram #22 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tries to catch the ball near Patrick Peterson #7 of the Louisiana State University Tigers at Tiger Stadium on November 6, 2010 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  The Tigers defeated the
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    Even with a loss to South Carolina, Alabama still had a shot to defend its BCS national championship. But those chances ended when LSU beat the Crimson Tide 24-21 on Nov. 6.

    A one-loss Alabama team facing Auburn last Friday would have made for high drama. Imagine how great it would have been if the Crimson Tide were undefeated.

14. Two Words: Big East

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    EAST HARTFORD, CT - NOVEMBER 27:  Jordan Todman #23 of the Connecticut Huskies celebrates his touchdown with teammates Ryan Griffin #94, Kevin Friend #77 and Mathieu Olivier #66 in the fourth quarter against the Cincinnati Bearcats on November 27, 2010 at
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    It wasn't long ago when at least West Virginia was among college football's elite. But now the Mountaineers are one of six bowl-eligible teams in the Big East with two or more conference losses.

    And the likely team to receive an automatic BCS bid? That will be Connecticut, which is 7-4.

13. Not on Centerstage

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27:  Quarterback Denard Robinson #16 of the Michigan Wolverines takes off upfield for a gain against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second quarter at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty
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    It's a shame Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson is playing for a 7-5 team.

    College football benefits when star players lead powerhouses. See Tim Tebow, Adrian Peterson and Vince Young.

12. Boise State's Big Loss

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    BOISE, ID - NOVEMBER 19:  The Boise State Broncos celebrate after a touchdown against the Fresno State Bulldogs at Bronco Stadium on November 19, 2010 in Boise, Idaho.  (Photo by Otto Kitsinger III/Getty Images)
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    Everyone loves an upset, but Boise State's 34-31 overtime loss to Nevada on Friday also caused problems. For the BCS to truly collapse and lose further credibility it would have been better for Boise State to win and run the table again, giving college football one more top five undefeated team.

11. No Likely Matchup

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    COLUMBUS, OH - NOVEMBER 27:  Head Coach Jim Tressel of the Ohio State Buckeyes fist bumps his players coming off the field during a game against the Michigan Wolverines at Ohio Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Michigan 3
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    After Ohio State President Gordon Gee came out and said his school's football team doesn't play the "Sisters of the Poor" like TCU and Boise State, the dream was obvious: Pit the Buckeyes against one of the two in an upcoming bowl.

    That likely won't happen, as it appears TCU is headed to the Rose Bowl to face Wisconsin, while Ohio State is predicted to face Arkansas in the Sugar Bowl.

10. Last Year in the Big 12

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    LINCOLN, NE - NOVEMBER 26: Cody Green #17 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers runs off the field after defeating the Colorado Buffalos at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Colorado 45-17. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Im
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    Some may be looking forward to Nebraska going to the Big Ten, but now there won't be a chance to see the Cornhuskers play Oklahoma.

    Losing that rivalry doesn't benefit either school, or college football.

9. No Wow Factor

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    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - NOVEMBER 27: Braylon Broughton #99, Stansly Maponga #90 (C) and Jurell Thompson #16 of the TCU Horned Frogs celebrate after a touchdown against the University of New Mexico Lobos on November 27, 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque,
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    It's great to see Michigan State, Wisconsin, Stanford, TCU and Oklahoma State have success. But do any of those teams have a true wow factor?

    If you weren't a fan of one of those teams, would you still tune in and watch them on a weekly basis?

8. Chaos Averted

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    BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Jeff Maehl #23 of the Oregon Ducks flies through the air after being hit by Josh Hill #23 of the California Golden Bears  at California Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty
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    Cal had the chance with Oregon, Alabama almost took down Auburn and TCU barely escaped against San Diego State.

    Close, dramatic finishes are great, but more upsets would only help in the demise of the BCS.

7. Parity Is Here To Stay

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    WACO, TX - OCTOBER 04:  Quarterback Robert Griffin #10 of the Baylor Bears drops back to pass against the Oklahoma Sooners at Floyd Casey Stadium on October 4, 2008 in Waco, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    There are no longer "haves" and "have nots." The disparity between traditional powerhouses and average programs has shrunk considerably.

    Now there are opportunities for upsets like James Madison beating Virginia Tech, Baylor becoming bowl eligible and Mississippi State can't be overlooked in the SEC.

6. A Total Blowout

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers warms up before facing the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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    Is there any drama with this year's Heisman race? It's pretty much been Cam Newton and everyone else.

5. Traditional Powers Are Struggling

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    LINCOLN, NE - OCTOBER 16: Quarterback Garrett Gilbert #7 of the Texas Longhorns prepares to hand the ball off during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 16, 2010 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Texas Defeated Nebraska 20-13. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Image
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    It would be one thing if one team struggled, but traditional powers like Texas, USC, Miami, Notre Dame, Michigan and Florida State have all had average to awful seasons.

4. The Investigation Continues

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    TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 26:  Quarterback Cam Newton #2 of the Auburn Tigers looks to the sidelines for a play call against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 26, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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    Until the NCAA rules on the investigation involving Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, the thought of a tainted national championship looms large on the season.

3. Just One Weekend

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    STILLWATER, OK - NOVEMBER 27:  Wide receiver Cameron Kenney #6 of the Oklahoma Sooners carries the ball against linebacker Shaun Lewis #11 of the Oklahoma State Cowboys at Boone Pickens Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Stillwater, Oklahoma.  The Sooners be
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    Have you really had great games to talk about on a weekly basis?

    The Virginia Tech-Boise State season opener was incredible, but it wasn't until this weekend when you were really treated to a great collection of games with Boise State-Nevada, Auburn-Alabama and Oklahoma-Oklahoma State.

2. Continued Controversy

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    ALBUQUERQUE, NM - NOVEMBER 27: Head coach Gary Patterson of the TCU Horned Frogs is doused with Gatorade by his players while celebrating their win over the New Mexico Lobos on November 27, 2010 at University Stadium in Albuquerque, New Mexico. TCU won 66
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    Yes, it's a good thing that Auburn, Oregon and TCU remain undefeated, but college football won't benefit when one team will be left out and not get a shot at the national title.

1. No Playoff

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    EUGENE, OR - NOVEMBER 26:  LaMichael James #21 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates a touchdown run against the Arizona Wildcats on November 26, 2010 at the Autzen Stadium in Eugene, Oregon.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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    The further we go without a playoff, the further we have to discuss there being no legitimate way of determining a national champion.