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#1 Posted on 14.11.05 1440.51
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THE STATE OF THE BCS - Week 5

CURRENT BCS STANDINGS
The bracketed sequence following a team's name in the BCS standings refers to (in order) the team's Harris Interactive poll ranking, the team's USA Today coaches' poll ranking, and the average of the six computer rankings (Anderson & Hester, Richard Billingsley, Colley Matrix, Kenneth Massey, Jeff Sagarin, and Peter Wolfe). The average of these three rankings determines the team's BCS ranking.

1. Southern California [1, 1, 2]
2. Texas [2, 2, 1]
3. Miami [3, 3, 5] (+1)
4. Penn State [5, 5, 3] (+1)
5. Louisiana State [4, 4, 8] (+2)
6. Virginia Tech [7, 6, 4]
7. Ohio State [9, 9, 6] (+1)
8. Alabama [8, 8, 9] (-5)
9. Notre Dame [6, 7, 13] (+2)
10. Oregon [10, 10, 7]
11. California-Los Angeles [12, 11, 12] (+4)
12. West Virginia [14, 13, 10] (+2)

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All hail the SEC. Two tremendous games leave an undelible mark both on the fans who watched them and on the BCS standings, which just got a lot more interesting since we no longer have to focus on the "Who should be #1 and #2?" question. (This is, of course, assuming that USC & Texas both win out, which I still have my doubts about especially with regards to USC - that game against Fresno State this coming weekend has the words "trap game" stamped all over it.)

Notre Dame continues to move in the right direction as the gap between the humans and computers continues to get smaller and smaller. All Irish eyes will be on the Big Game this weekend, where all Irish voices will be rooting loudly and hard for the maize & blue. A Wolverines win not only knocks off another team ahead in the BCS standings from the Irish, but also improves the Irish's strength of schedule (and thus, their standing with the computers).

PROJECTED BERTHS
Projected automatic conference berths are based on a team's record in conference play. Mandated conference tiebreakers are used where possible to break ties for automatic conference berths. In the case of a tie that cannot be broken, the tied teams' BCS ranking is used to break the tie.

ACC: Miami
Big East: West Virginia
Big Ten: Penn State
Big 12: Texas
Pac-10: Southern California
SEC: Louisiana State
At-Large #1: Virginia Tech (ACC)
At-Large #2: Ohio State (Big Ten)

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Other big games on tap this week other than the Big Game: USC/Fresno, Penn State/Michigan State (as the Nittany Lions look to be the first team to officially clinch a spot in the big dance), and a little get-together in the SEC that I like to call the Iron Bowl, as Auburn attempts to come out of nowhere to make it back into the BCS for the second year in a row. As usual, I'll be on the side of the Tigers in this one.

PROJECTED MATCHUPS
Rose Bowl: Southern California v. Texas
Fiesta Bowl: Penn State v. West Virginia
Sugar Bowl: Louisiana State v. Virginia Tech
Orange Bowl: Miami v. Ohio State

Pac-10 champion Southern California & Big 12 champion Texas are automatically placed into the Rose Bowl due to their #1 & #2 rankings, respectively. ACC champion Miami is placed into the Orange Bowl and SEC champion Louisiana State is placed into the Sugar Bowl due to traditional conference tie-ins. The only bowl to lose a traditional tie-in is the Fiesta Bowl (Big 12 champion Texas) so it gets first choice of the remaining teams. Usually, the selections to fill the remaining slots after the national championship game and the traditional conference tie-ins are done in accord with BCS rankings, meaning that the Fiesta would select Big Ten champion Penn State as its first representative.

Priority for the remaining selections is based on a bowl's payout and its priority stature in previous years. (Each bowl submits a list of its top three teams, and the bowl is given the highest-listed team available based on the bowl's priority.) The BCS has established the following priority order based on these factors for this year's bowls:

1. Orange Bowl
2. Fiesta Bowl
3. Sugar Bowl

By rule, if a conference champion is available for this last stage of allocations, they cannot be ranked third on the list that a bowl submits. Since Big East champion West Virginia is the only conference champion not allocated and trails ACC at-large Virginia Tech and SEC at-large Louisiana State in the BCS rankings, they would be ranked second on all lists and thus be allocated to the Fiesta Bowl. Finally, since BCS representatives would not want to match teams from the same conference, Ohio State would be selected by the Orange Bowl and Virginia Tech would be selected by the Sugar Bowl, despite their BCS rankings dictating the opposite.

(edited by Texas Kelly on 14.11.05 1541)
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#2 Posted on 14.11.05 1459.48
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Can we get an alternate bowl game listing provided Notre Dame not lose and go 9-2 with a Top 12 BCS? I ask this because almost everything I've heard is Notre Dame vs. Penn State (or Ohio State should they win and Penn State lose) in the Fiesta Bowl.
Also, only way Auburn or Alabama gets back in the BCS automatic mix is if LSU somehow loses a game, as LSU has the head to head tie breaker. Under the right scenario, Bama could be a BCS at large team.
And, with all the upsets this past week to the mid Top 25 teams, as long as West Virginia doesn't slip up they'll be in the BCS Top 12, so it won't be as bad as Pitt making it last year.

(edited by redsoxnation on 14.11.05 1606)
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#3 Posted on 14.11.05 1545.49
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Can we get an alternate bowl game listing provided Notre Dame not lose and go 9-2 with a Top 12 BCS? I ask this because almost everything I've heard is Notre Dame vs. Penn State (or Ohio State should they win and Penn State lose) in the Fiesta Bowl.


As wonderfully attractive as this sounds, and as HUGE as the ratings would be for a PSU/ND matchup, the bottom line is that seats have to be sold for all bowl games, so most likely whoever picks ND first, PSU will go second, and vice versa, so a PSU/ND Fiesta Bowl is probably out of the question (unless I understand the picking rules wrong). I hate to sound like a goofy "insider" but everybody I've talked to here has ND the more likely Fiesta Bowl choice now. So I'm a huge Syracuse and Stanford fan for the next few weeks because I don't feel like going to Miami, and I can't see Penn State not picked first if Notre Dame is out of the picture.
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#4 Posted on 14.11.05 1717.41
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    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Can we get an alternate bowl game listing provided Notre Dame not lose and go 9-2 with a Top 12 BCS? I ask this because almost everything I've heard is Notre Dame vs. Penn State (or Ohio State should they win and Penn State lose) in the Fiesta Bowl.

I am making projections, not predictions. To make such an alternative listing, I would have to make predictions about what would happen in the next few weeks rather than depending on current information alone.

    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    Under the right scenario, Bama could be a BCS at large team.

Perhaps, but any such scenario would include a win over Auburn this week, something I don't see happening.

    Originally posted by redsoxnation
    And, with all the upsets this past week to the mid Top 25 teams, as long as West Virginia doesn't slip up they'll be in the BCS Top 12, so it won't be as bad as Pitt making it last year.

Their conference is still undeserving of an at-large bid. I have a very simple standard for this:

Assuming that there were no automatic bids and you needed to be ranked in the top twelve to be eligible, at least two teams from a conference should be eligible by those rules in order for that conference to deserve an automatic bid. The Big East just got its first eligible team by that standard this week. Every other conference has had 2 at all times during the time the BCS has been in force, and some have had three.

The SEC in particular has been so strong that at one point, LSU would have been screwed out of a bid they should've gotten by the rankings, because the SEC was so strong it would've had three teams had the rules been ignored!

And that's without any comment on whether West Virginia can make it through without slipping up, which I scoff at simply based on past history.
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#5 Posted on 14.11.05 1736.28
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A question on the Fiesta Bowl: If the Fiesta Bowl knows which team the Orange Bowl will take, wouldn't it make sense for them to place that team 3rd behind the Big East Champion on their list so that they would get some team from the combination of Ohio State/Oregon/Virginia Tech/Alabama to face Penn State or Notre Dame rather than the Big East champ?
Of course, if the ghost of Big 12 Title Games past appears all bets are off, as the mediocre Big 12 North Champ would get the automatic berth and the Fiesta spot, and everything really would be tossed up in the air.
And believe me, I'm not defending the Big East Champ being in the BCS, just that at least a 10-1 West Virginia would look better than a 7-4/6-5 Big East champ.



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#6 Posted on 14.11.05 1754.52
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    Originally posted by Texas Kelly
    PROJECTED MATCHUPS
    Rose Bowl: Southern California v. Texas
    Fiesta Bowl: Penn State v. West Virginia
    Sugar Bowl: Louisiana State v. Virginia Tech
    Orange Bowl: Miami v. Ohio State


Are you saying ND wouldn't get in the top twelve? Because if they are, there's no way that the Orange Bowl wouldn't put them in over Ohio State (especially since we just had a Miami/Ohio State-Fiesta Bowl) and if the Orange Bowl didn't pick ND, there's NO way that the Fiesta wouldn't take Penn State/Noter Dame over Penn State/West Virginia.

All the BCS bowls have to do is pick from the eligible teams, not the highest ones. Stewart Mandel on si.com has the following:

Rose: USC (BCS No. 1) vs. Texas (BCS No. 2)
Orange: Miami (ACC champ) vs. Penn State (Big Ten champ)
Sugar: LSU (SEC champ) vs. West Virginia (Big East champ)
Fiesta: Notre Dame (BCS at-large) vs. Alabama (BCS at-large)

I'm thinking he's thinking the Fiesta takes ND with their first pick, the Orange takes Penn State, then the Fiesta takes 'Bama, sticking the Sugar with LSU/WVU. No Ohio State or Virginia Tech to be found.
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#7 Posted on 14.11.05 1823.57
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As long as Notre Dame wins out and gets their 9 wins, they WILL go to a BCS bowl, regardless of what anyone else does. And there really isn't any reason they shouldn't win out.
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#8 Posted on 14.11.05 1905.47
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TK, what about this I found from the BCS website?

    Originally posted by BCSFootball.Org
    In certain situations, a host team for the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, FedEx Orange Bowl, or Nokia Sugar Bowl may, but need not, be placed in another BCS game. Factors that are considered in making that determination include:

    1. The same team hosting the same BCS Bowl for two straight years;

Va Tech played in the Sugar Bowl last year. Considering that they wouldn't put them against Miami in the Orange Bowl, could you see them being put in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Penn State? In turn, the Orange Bowl would choose Ohio State and West Virginia would go to the Sugar Bowl?

EDIT: Also, the Big East is getting darn close to possibly losing their automatic bid.
    Originally posted by again BCSFootball.Org
    The conferences whose champions have a guaranteed annual berth in one of the BCS bowls are subject to review and possible loss of that guaranteed annual berth should the conference champion not have an average ranking of 12 or higher over a four-year period.

The champions from 2002-2005 appear to be as follows:
2005: West Virginia-12
2004: Pittsburgh-21
2003: Miami-9
2002: Miami-1
That right there is an average of 10.75. I'm personally hoping for West Virginia to lose because I'm a fan of controversey. Even if it doesn't happen this year, next year is looking pretty difficult. If West Virginia stays at 12, then they'll need a 6 or higher from their champ in 2006 to keep that average. With Miami gone to the ACC, it doesn't look very likely.

(edited by Mr. Boffo on 14.11.05 1914)
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#9 Posted on 14.11.05 1920.32
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    Va Tech played in the Sugar Bowl last year. Considering that they wouldn't put them against Miami in the Orange Bowl, could you see them being put in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Penn State? In turn, the Orange Bowl would choose Ohio State and West Virginia would go to the Sugar Bowl?


Can't happen. Assuming nothing unexpected happens with USC/Texas, the SEC champ is locked into the Sugar, then they get the last pick out of all the BCS bowls. With potential at-large teams in Penn State (in terms of bowl assignment), Notre Dame, and the Auburn/Alabama-winner, and Ohio State (possibly even Michigan if they beat OSU), surely the Sugar Bowl is going to get stuck with West Virginia.

EDIT:

    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    The champions from 2002-2005 appear to be as follows:
    2005: West Virginia-12
    2004: Pittsburgh-21
    2003: Miami-9
    2002: Miami-1
    That right there is an average of 10.75. I'm personally hoping for West Virginia to lose because I'm a fan of controversey. Even if it doesn't happen this year, next year is looking pretty difficult. If West Virginia stays at 12, then they'll need a 6 or higher from their champ in 2006 to keep that average. With Miami gone to the ACC, it doesn't look very likely.


It just says "review and POSSIBLY lose", though. Assuming USC beats UCLA that puts West Virginia at #11, and an Auburn win over Alabama could put them at #10. If you looked at Pitt as an aberration at #21, they would be making it, albeit pretty close to #12, every year. It would be pretty harsh if they bumped the Big East out of the BCS because they had one BAD year. Besides, who would replace them? Right now no one really qualifies, so would they have five BCS conferences then? (That would actually be OK with me.)

(edited by JayJayDean on 14.11.05 1727)
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#10 Posted on 14.11.05 2049.26
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    Originally posted by JayJayDean
    It would be pretty harsh if they bumped the Big East out of the BCS because they had one BAD year.


I'd agree if we were talking about the SEC or the Big 10 having a flukey year where the league was really down or they all beat up on one another, but I don't see the Big East recovering anytime soon. They lost their three best teams, and when you look at their nonconference this year, there really aren't any good wins and a ton of bad losses - Ohio (Pitt), Illinois (Rutgers), Miami of Ohio (Cincy). I hope they do get their bid taken away because it's sort of scary that we could see an 8-3 South Florida team play in the BCS.

To be honest, I'd actually like to see that rule tightened up. I think that the requirement ought to be that your champion has to be in the top eight on average since that is how many spots are available. There's no reason to give a team an automatic bid if they don't show they deserve it.

Anyway, you know what would be a crazy scenario? What if UCLA could somehow shock USC and Oregon does what they need and beats Oregon State? Then USC, UCLA, and Oregon would all be at 10-1, 7-1 with one of them losing a spot in the BCS to ND or maybe an SEC team. Who would win that division? Maybe Zeruel can tell us....

Either way, I can't wait for the end of the BCS - it's only fun to speculate about until it gets screwed up in the end.
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#11 Posted on 14.11.05 2127.39
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UCLA would get the PAc 10 spot, I believe if they beat USC.

I can't help but feeling the Ducks are getting a little screwed. Our only loss of course is to USC, and like it or not, the Pac Ten is tough and OVERFLOWING with talent. It is not a walk in the park. Notre f'n Dame. I've been an Irish fan since I was a little kid(I bawled one year when BC beat them with a last second field goal), but my God could the pollsters be anymore biased? Did they forget that they lost to a Michigan State team with 2 conference wins!!! Their schedule is at best as good as Oregon's.

Fact is, the voters have a collective hardon over Charlie Weis and the Irish. They shouldn't have been in the Fiesta Bowl in 2001 and shouldn't be in this year (so far).

I don't think I am being unreasonable. I have no real gripes about Ohio State being ahead of us, mostly because they lost two close games to two of the top three teams this year.

The Pac Ten gets no love in the BCS.
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#12 Posted on 14.11.05 2140.04
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http://www.bcsfootball.org/index.cfm?page=eligibility

Factor #4 is interesting: An alternative pairing would have greater appeal to college football fans. Miami vs. Notre Dame could be that match-up, especially considering Notre Dame vs. Penn State occurs in Week 2 next season. First match-up since '90, theoretically the first meeting in South Florida since Thanksgiving weekend '89 when 4th and 43 helped end Notre Dame's 22 game winning streak. It would be a nice lead-in to the the national title game the next night.
If Texas goes down in the Big 12 Title Game, the "Big East Rule"(formerly the ACC Rule) could theoretically apply to the Big 12:

2004: Oklahoma #2
2003: Kansas State #10 (Oklahoma was #1, but did not win conference title)
2002: Oklahoma #7

A Colorado in the high 20's/low teens would really damage the conference for the next three seasons.


(edited by redsoxnation on 14.11.05 2242)
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#13 Posted on 14.11.05 2318.21
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Pac 10 goes like this.
USC is 7-0 in conference. UCLA and Oregon are 6-1.
If USC beats UCLA, obviously they're in.
But if UCLA beats USC (and Oregon loses to Oregon State), that puts them both at 7-1. UCLA obviously has the tie breaker since they beat them.
Oregon has no chance because they lose a tiebreaker because they scheduled a game against Montana (a I-AA school).
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#14 Posted on 15.11.05 0946.45
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    Originally posted by Mr. Boffo
    TK, what about this I found from the BCS website?

As the projections currently bear out, Virginia Tech wouldn't be "hosting" the bowl game (LSU would), hence I don't see why Tech would be moved elsewhere.

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#15 Posted on 15.11.05 1605.04
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    Originally posted by BigSteve
    I'd agree if we were talking about the SEC or the Big 10 having a flukey year where the league was really down or they all beat up on one another, but I don't see the Big East recovering anytime soon. They lost their three best teams, and when you look at their nonconference this year, there really aren't any good wins and a ton of bad losses - Ohio (Pitt), Illinois (Rutgers), Miami of Ohio (Cincy). I hope they do get their bid taken away because it's sort of scary that we could see an 8-3 South Florida team play in the BCS.


USF has three losses this year, all on the road, two by a combined 30 points to teams currently ranked in the top 5 (Penn State and Miami). They dismantled a team ranked #9 at the time and currently ranked #18 (holding one of the very best offenses in college football, an offense averaging 48 points a game, to 14 points) and, if they win the Big East, will have to also beat a team that right now is ranked #13. We could see a 9-3 or even 8-4 FSU team in the BCS. Same with Michigan. Notre Dame, with a record just one game better than South Florida's and only one win over a team currently ranked (#17 Michigan), is damn near a BCS lock.

Would USF (or West Virginia, or Louisville...) win the SEC, ACC or Big Ten? Probably not, but it's just so "cool" to knock the Big East and I think a lot of the people doing the bashing need a little perspective. How many people here have seen a single USF game, if not this season than ever? They're a good team. A very good team. They have a running back in Andre Hall who stayed for his senior year cause he was told he would likely "only" be a third-round NFL draft pick last year. Now, he's one of the nation's leading rushers. And their defense held Miami and Penn State both in check (not to mention Louisville), but in those two games the Bulls' offense couldn't compete with overpowering defenses that forced turnovers and set up points.
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#16 Posted on 15.11.05 1707.17
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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
    Would USF (or West Virginia, or Louisville...) win the SEC, ACC or Big Ten? Probably not, but it's just so "cool" to knock the Big East and I think a lot of the people doing the bashing need a little perspective.


It's not that I have some weird vendetta against the Big East or something, it's just that I don't think that it's a good conference at all. Middle of the pack teams lost to Ohio, Miami of Ohio, and Illinois. That's not a good thing especially when I couldn't find a single quality nonconference win for anyone in the league - WV beating MD or Louisville pounding NC are the closest, and they aren't that good.

South Florida pounded Louisville, but that isn't all that impressive. It doesn't show me that South Florida is underrated. I think it actually shows that Louisville has no business in the Top 25. They haven't done much besides have a pretty record. And when the number two credential is "only trailed Miami 27-0", that doesn't bode well for USF. I guess South Florida is a fine team to have play in the GMAC Bowl or the Houston Bowl or something, but I don't see how that team even begins to hold up to FSU or Notre Dame or Michigan.

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#17 Posted on 15.11.05 1742.47
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    Originally posted by BigSteve
      Originally posted by TheBucsFan
      Would USF (or West Virginia, or Louisville...) win the SEC, ACC or Big Ten? Probably not, but it's just so "cool" to knock the Big East and I think a lot of the people doing the bashing need a little perspective.


    It's not that I have some weird vendetta against the Big East or something, it's just that I don't think that it's a good conference at all. Middle of the pack teams lost to Ohio, Miami of Ohio, and Illinois. That's not a good thing especially when I couldn't find a single quality nonconference win for anyone in the league - WV beating MD or Louisville pounding NC are the closest, and they aren't that good.

    South Florida pounded Louisville, but that isn't all that impressive. It doesn't show me that South Florida is underrated. I think it actually shows that Louisville has no business in the Top 25. They haven't done much besides have a pretty record. And when the number two credential is "only trailed Miami 27-0", that doesn't bode well for USF. I guess South Florida is a fine team to have play in the GMAC Bowl or the Houston Bowl or something, but I don't see how that team even begins to hold up to FSU or Notre Dame or Michigan.




Well Notre Dame's greatest credential is a loss to USC.

Louisville has just as much business in the top 25 as any other multi-loss team. My point is that the Big East, while not on par with the other BCS conferences, is still a far cry from C-USA, the WAC, MAC, or other minor conferences that people see mto think it is level with. And it is going to do nothing but get better. Say USF - a team that right now I'd say is top 40 in the country - goes to the Sugar Bowl. Do you think they're not going to improve exponentially due to that exposure? Not to mention they're already playing at a very high level without that exposure. The same goes for Louisville. To take away the conference's BCS bid would be criminally stupid.
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#18 Posted on 15.11.05 1949.53
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From everything I've read on the subject, while the provision to remove an automatic BCS bid does exist, it is extremely unlikely that it will actually be envoked. In fact, the last time I heard it mentioned, the BCS powers-that-be stated that the Big East would retain its automatic bid for the foreseeable future.
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#19 Posted on 15.11.05 2300.19
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    Originally posted by TheBucsFan
      Originally posted by BigSteve
        Originally posted by TheBucsFan
        Would USF (or West Virginia, or Louisville...) win the SEC, ACC or Big Ten? Probably not, but it's just so "cool" to knock the Big East and I think a lot of the people doing the bashing need a little perspective.


      It's not that I have some weird vendetta against the Big East or something, it's just that I don't think that it's a good conference at all. Middle of the pack teams lost to Ohio, Miami of Ohio, and Illinois. That's not a good thing especially when I couldn't find a single quality nonconference win for anyone in the league - WV beating MD or Louisville pounding NC are the closest, and they aren't that good.

      South Florida pounded Louisville, but that isn't all that impressive. It doesn't show me that South Florida is underrated. I think it actually shows that Louisville has no business in the Top 25. They haven't done much besides have a pretty record. And when the number two credential is "only trailed Miami 27-0", that doesn't bode well for USF. I guess South Florida is a fine team to have play in the GMAC Bowl or the Houston Bowl or something, but I don't see how that team even begins to hold up to FSU or Notre Dame or Michigan.




    Well Notre Dame's greatest credential is a loss to USC.

    Louisville has just as much business in the top 25 as any other multi-loss team. My point is that the Big East, while not on par with the other BCS conferences, is still a far cry from C-USA, the WAC, MAC, or other minor conferences that people see mto think it is level with. And it is going to do nothing but get better. Say USF - a team that right now I'd say is top 40 in the country - goes to the Sugar Bowl. Do you think they're not going to improve exponentially due to that exposure? Not to mention they're already playing at a very high level without that exposure. The same goes for Louisville. To take away the conference's BCS bid would be criminally stupid.



It's arguments like these that make me really enjoy the postseason. The time when teams really have to put up or shut up, playing against the best of the best. Proving without a doubt who the best team in the nation truly -bwahahaahahahaha...

Man, I can't do that with a straight face. The BCS can blow me.
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#20 Posted on 16.11.05 1759.48
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Here's an in-depth look at the BCS confs. Next week I'll remove eliminated and bowl ineligible

teams from the update, but keep bowl eligible teams

28 bowls = 56 teams


Bowl bids:
ACC -- 10 bowl eligible
Big East -- 7
Big Ten -- 8
Big XII -- 10
C-USA -- 8
IA Indys -- 2
MAC -- 8
MWC -- 5
Pac-10 -- 7
SEC -- 7
Sun -- 4
WAC -- 4

80 teams eligible for 56 spots



Records (conf, overall, and div if there is one);

ACC -- 25-7 (.781) non-conf record including 3-0 vs non-IA

ACC - Atlantic (top 5, WF out) (9-9 vs Costal)
1. FSU (5-3, 7-3, 3-2) Clinched Atlantic Div
2. BC (4-3, 7-3, 3-1)
3. Cle (4-4, 6-4, 3-2)
4. MD (3-3, 5-4, 2-2)
5. NCSU (2-5, 4-5, 1-3)

ACC - Coastal (top 5, Duke out) (9-9 vs Atlantic)
1t UM (5-1, 8-1, 4-0) *GT, VA left
1t VT (5-1, 8-1, 2-1) *VA, UNC left
3. GT (4-3, 6-3, 2-2) *plays Miami
4t VA (3-3, 6-3, 2-1) *VT, Miami left
4t NC (3-3, 4-5, 1-3) *Duke, VT left



Big East (top 7, Syracuse out) (18-12 (.600) non-conf including 6-0 vs non-IA)
1. WV (5-0, 8-1) *Pitt, USF left
2. USF (3-1, 5-3) *Cin, UConn, WV left
3. Pitt (4-2, 5-5) *WV left
4. Lou (3-2, 7-2) *Syracuse, UConn left
5. RU (3-3, 6-4) *Cin left
6. Cin (2-3, 4-5) Eliminated from Big East title
7. UConn (1-4, 4-5) Eliminated from Big East title



Big Ten (top 8, Illinois, Indiana, Purdue out) (26-6 (.813) non-conf including 2-0 vs non-IA)
1t PSU (6-1, 9-1) *beat OSU, Wisc; plays MSU;
1t OSU (6-1, 8-2) *lost to PSU; plays Mich
3. Mich (5-2, 7-3) *Beat PSU; plays OSU
4. Wisc (5-3, 8-3) Eliminated from Big Ten Title
5t Minn (4-3, 7-3) Eliminated from Big Ten title
5t NW'ern (4-3, 6-3) Eliminated from Big Ten tietle
5t Iowa (4-3, 6-4) Eliminated from Big Ten title
8. MSU (2-5, 5-5) Eliminated from Big Ten title



Big XII -- 27-5 (.843) non-conf including 8-0 vs non-IA)

Big XII - North (top 5, KSU out) (7-11 vs South)
1. CO (5-2, 7-3, 3-1) *Clinches with win over Nebraska or ISU loses to Kansas
2t ISU (4-3, 7-3, 2-2) *Clinches with win over Kansas AND Colorado and Missouri both lose
2t Mis (4-3, 6-4, 2-2) *Clinches with win over KSU AND ISU beats Kansas AND Colorado loses
4. Neb (3-4, 6-4, 2-2) Eliminated from North title
5. Kansas (2-5, 5-5, 2-3) Eliminated from North title


Big XII - South (top 5, Baylor out) (11-7 vs North)
1. TX (7-0, 10-0, 4-0) Clinched South title
2. OK (5-1, 6-3, 2-1)
3. TXT (5-2, 8-2, 2-2)
4. TAMU (3-4, 5-5, 2-2)
5. OKSU (1-5, 4-5, 1-3)



C-USA -- 15-21 (.417) non-conf including 7-0 vs non-IA)

C-USA - East (top 5, ECU out) (9-6 vs West)
-1. UCF (6-1, 7-3, 4-1) *Rice left
-2. So Miss (4-2, 5-4, 4-0) * Memphis, Tulane left
-3t Memphis (3-3, 4-5, 1-2) Eliminated from East title
-3t Marshall (3-3, 4-5, 1-2) Eliminated from East title
-5. UAB (2-4, 4-5, 1-3) Eliminated from East title


C-USA - West (top 3, SMU, Tulane, Rice out) (6-9 vs East)
1. UTEP (5-1, 8-1, 4-0) *UAB, SMU left
-2. Tulsa (5-2, 6-4, 2-2) *Tulane left
-3. Houston (3-3, 5-4, 2-1) Eliminated from West title



IA Indys
Notre Dame 7-2 *Syracuse, Stanford left
Navy 5-4 *Temple, Army left



MAC -- 13-23 (.361) non-conf including 4-0 vs non-IA

MAC - East (top 4, Kent State, Buffalo out) (4-12 vs West)
1t Miami, OH (4-2, 6-3, 3-0) *BG, Ohio left
1t BG (4-2, 5-4, 3-1) *Miami, Oh, Toledo left
3t Ohio (3-3, 4-5, 2-1) *Akron, Miami, Oh left
3t Akron (3-3, 4-5, 2-1) *Ohio, Kent State left


MAC - West (top 4, Ball State, E Mich out) (12-4 vs East)
1. Toledo (5-1, 7-2, 3-1) *NIU, BG left
2. W Mich (5-2, 7-3, 2-2) *NIU left
3. NIU (4-2, 5-4, 2-1) *Toledo, W Mich left
4. C Mich (4-3, 5-5, 1-3) *Ball State left



MWC (top 5, Air Force, SDSU, UNLV, Wyoming out) (13-14 (.482) non-conf, including 1-0 vs non-IA)
1. TCU (8-0, 10-1) Clinched MWC Championship
2. BYU (5-2, 6-4)
3t NM (4-3, 6-4)
3t CSU (4-4, 5-5)
5. Utah (3-4, 5-5)



Pac-10 (top 7, Arizona, Washington, WSU out) (22-6 (.786) non-conf, including 5-0 vs non-IA)
1. USC (7-0, 10-0) *UCLA left; beat OR
2t UCLA (6-1, 9-1) *USC left; DNP OR
2t OR (6-1, 9-1) *ORSU left; lost to USC; DNP UCLA
4. Stan (4-3, 5-4) Eliminated from Pac-10 title
5t Cal (3-4, 6-4) Eliminated from Pac-10 title
5t ORSU (3-4, 5-5) Eliminated from Pac-10 title
5t ASU (3-4, 5-5) Eliminated from Pac-10 title



SEC -- 25-8 (.758) non-conf including 6-0 vs non-IA

SEC - East (top 4, KY, Vandy out) (9-9 vs West)
1. GA (5-2, 7-2, 3-1) *KY left
2t FL (5-3, 7-3, 4-1)
2t SC (5-3, 7-3, 4-1)
4. TN (2-4, 4-5, 0-3) *Eliminated from East title


SEC - West (top 3, Ark, Mississippi, MSU out) (9-9 vs East)
1t Ala (6-1, 9-1, 3-1) *Auburn left
1t Aub (6-1, 8-2, 3-1) *Alabama left
3. LSU (5-1, 8-1, 3-0) *Miss, Ark left



Sun Belt (top 4, FAU, FIU, North Texas, Troy out) (4-18 (.182) non-conf including 3-1 vs non-IA)
1. LA-Monroe (4-1, 4-5) *North Texas, La-Lafayette left
2t Arkansas St (4-2, 5-4) *North Texas left
2t LA-Lafayette (4-2, 5-5) *LA-Monroe left
4t Middle TN St (2-3, 3-5) *Troy, FIU left



WAC (top 4, Hawaii, Idaho, Utah St, NMSU, SJSU out) (8-20 (.286) non-conf including 3-0 vs non-IA)
1. Fresno St (6-0, 8-1) *Nevada, LA Tech left
2t Boise St (5-1, 7-3) *Idaho, LA Tech left
2t LA Tech (5-1, 6-3) *Boise St, Fresno St left
2t Nevada (5-1, 6-3) *Utah St, Fresno St left

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