College football integrity and BCS standings don't mix as fans have seen over the years. Despite a large pool of teams that are well qualified to play in the BCS National Championship Game, only two will be chosen based on tenuous claims to superiority.
In 2003, a one-loss USC program was left out of the BCS National Championship Game in favor of one-loss LSU and one-loss Oklahoma. Despite playing in a very weak Pac-10 in 2003 and BCS calculations saying as much, AP voters decided to give USC the AP National Championship, even though LSU played a tougher bowl opponent and tougher schedule in 2003.
The following year, five teams went undefeated—Utah, Boise State, Auburn, USC and Oklahoma. Though it's easy to discount Utah and Boise State since their schedules are exponentially weaker than the three other undefeateds, it was much more difficult to discern who should be in the BCS National Championship Game. Auburn was left on the outside looking in.
That 2004 Auburn Tigers program featured four first-round NFL picks, including running back Carnell "Cadillac" Williams, quarterback Jason Campbell, defensive back Carlos Rogers and running back Ronnie Brown. They would have been much better competition for USC than Oklahoma who was embarrassed 55-19. Would USC have been able to handle Auburn's SEC defense?
Teams getting overlooked for the BCS National Championship Game is a travesty when one considers what a true playoff would offer. 2011 is yet another season highlighting the problems with the current system.
As games continue, hatred grows for a corrupt and broken BCS system that holds power in the hands of a few.