More Proof the BCS Just Does Not Work

Jonathan GoodmanContributor INovember 2, 2008

Another screw-up by the BCS—what a shocker! It is truly unbelievable how terrible this system is.

First, let us thank God that the BCS got something right in this week's standings. That, of course, is the Alabama Crimson Tide at No. 1.

The Alabama Crimson Tide have a pretty easy schedule the rest of the way aside from the LSU game in Baton Rouge. If they get past the Tigers, they should ride all the way to the SEC Championship Game, which could, and probably will be, a Gator-Crimson Tide battle for a chance to play in the championship game.

Now for the complete and utter awfulness that is the BCS. The Texas Tech Red Raiders, whose last-minute efforts did beat the No. 1 Longhorns, climbed all the way to No. 2. The Red Raiders surpassed USC, Oklahoma, and Penn State.

I am perfectly fine with Texas Tech being ranked ahead of USC and Oklahoma, but not Penn State. Let's not forget, the Red Raiders have not played either Oklahoma teams and have only beaten an overrated Kansas Jayhawks team and Texas.

I would consider Penn State's win at Ohio State more impressive than Texas Tech's win over Texas at home. Sure, the Penn State-Ohio State game was not as entertaining, but that was a big, big win at the Horseshoe in Columbus.

At No. 4 is the previous No. 1, Texas, which is probably where they should be. This is where I get confused. At No. 5 are the Florida Gators. Okay, that would be fine had they not jumped a team (cough cough, Oklahoma) who just put up 62 points.

I understand the Gators destroyed a very good Georgia Bulldogs team, but seriously, how do you drop in the rankings after you just murdered a conference opponent by 34 points? Yes, I realize that they would have been losing ground at No. 5, but they lose two spots because of an overrated blowout at a neutral site.

I do not have a problem with Florida jumping over USC, seeing how USC has only beaten one OSU while losing to another. The Oklahoma State Cowboys have an even bigger fight as they gained nothing after their 42-point romp.

Perhaps now is the time to mention the team that surpassed them was Utah. Yes, the Utah Utes, who took it to the New Mexico Lobos (4-6, 2-4) 13-10. Evidently that will get you some respect in the BCS.

I must give the BCS a standing ovation for the wonderful job it is doing—it is truly spectacular!

Not that anyone cares, but this is how my top 25 would have gone instead.

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Texas Tech
  4. Texas
  5. Oklahoma
  6. Florida
  7. USC
  8. Oklahoma State
  9. Utah
  10. Boise State
  11. Ohio State
  12. TCU
  13. Georgia
  14. Missouri
  15. LSU
  16. BYU
  17. Ball State
  18. Michigan State
  19. UNC
  20. Georgia Tech
  21. Florida State
  22. Maryland
  23. California
  24. West Virginia
  25. Northwestern