BCS Predicitions: 5 Teams the BCS Always Sucks Up to
Each year, when the BCS rankings are released, there is some sort of controversy. One team is ranked too high, one team is ranked too low; no matter what, the system always pisses someone off.
The BCS also has certain teams that it seems to favor each year in its rankings. If you are in the SEC, you have a good shot at having a good ranking in the BCS, as the ranking loves the strength of schedule that comes from playing in that conference.
And if you are not in an automatic qualifying conference, don't expect to be ranked near the top with the big boys. The BCS is not a fan of the Boise States and TCUs of the world.
Any SEC Team
The SEC gets all sorts of love from the BCS, having won five National Championships in a row.
Being in the SEC is a distinct advantage in the BCS rankings because of the strength of schedule factor. There are so many good teams that most SEC teams rank amongst the highest in strength of schedule in the country.
It is not out of the ordinary to see one or two one-loss SEC teams in the top five of the BCS rankings.
Although the BCS does suck up to the SEC, it is warranted as they are the best conference in college football.
The BCS and the SEC is a match made in heaven; the rest of college football must hate it.
Ohio State Buckeyes
Other than the SEC teams, the Ohio State Buckeyes might get the most love from the BCS.
The Buckeyes have the most BCS bowl game appearances in the history of the system with eight—tied with Oklahoma.
Some have come from winning the Big Ten but they seem to be a favorite of the BCS when it comes to picking an at-large team with five berths as an at-large, three of them with two losses.
The BCS may need to find a new team to suck up to if the trend of NCAA violations continues in Columbus.
Notre Dame football disappoints year after year, but every time they seem to go on a winning streak, they get immediate love from the rankings.
They may not have been to a BCS bowl since 2007, but they always seem to find some way to get into the rankings.
With an 0-3 record in BCS bowls all-time, it is safe to say Notre Dame football is one of the most over-hyped programs in all of sports.
In 2011, they sit at 4-2 with four wins in a row and will probably find their way into the first BCS rankings when they are released tonight.
It would be refreshing to see the Irish get recognition in the rankings based on their play on the field and not the tradition of their program.
Boise State Broncos
Despite being a member of non-automatic qualifying conference, the Boise State Broncos get unwarranted love year after year from the BCS rankings.
With a terrible strength of schedule, the Broncos seem to run the table every year and find a way to create controversy in the BCS.
You have to give them credit for winning both BCS Bowl Games they have played in, but there are just so many other teams who have played harder games and deserve a spot in a BCS Bowl Game over the Broncos, who play one hard game a season.
TCU Horned Frogs
The TCU Horned Frogs are another non-qualifier, like Boise State, who gets too much love from the BCS.
In consecutive years, the Horned Frogs have been in two BCS Bowl Games and won one, beating Wisconsin in last season's Rose Bowl.
You have to give credit where credit is due but like Boise, there are many other teams with one loss who played a much harder schedule than the Horned Frogs and deserve the spot in the bowl game.
Luckily for college football, the Horned Frogs are on the move to the Big-12 so they can show us what they are all about and prove that they belonged in the BCS conversation all along.