This week was supposed to be a ‘status quo’ week for college football. However, four of the BCS’s top seven teams all suffered losses, creating a myriad of possibilities for the championship game. #2 Oklahoma State started the domino effect on Friday night by losing at Iowa State. #7 Clemson was the next to fall, getting smacked by 27 points. Both #4 Oregon and #5 Oklahoma were put away late, ending their BCS Championship hopes. Where does this leave us? #1 LSU, #3 Alabama, #6 Arkansas, and #8 Virginia Tech were all victorious on Saturday. Welcome to BCS hell, folks.
Based on pure speculation alone, the BCS should shake out like this after this week—LSU, Alabama, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Oregon, VT, and Oklahoma. It’s crazy to think three SEC West teams sit atop the BCS standings, but that’s just how the BCS cookie crumbles. To make things even more confusing, LSU will host Arkansas on Black Friday. If the Razorbacks pull the upset, everything will go to hell. Alabama beat Arkansas by 24 points back in October, but LSU beat Alabama by three points in Tuscaloosa a few weeks ago. A Razorback win may make the BCS computers blow up.
If the Tigers win, they clinch the SEC West and will tangle with the Georgia Bulldogs for the SEC crown the following week. If LSU and Alabama sit atop the BCS rankings (as expected), Alabama will virtually clinch a spot in the BCS National Championship game with a win against Auburn this week. It just doesn’t seem fair (or right) that Alabama won’t even play in the conference championship, but make the National Championship game. That’s just the flawed system college football is played in and as a college football fan, I hope they develop a better solution.
Do I have the answer for creating a better system? I don’t, but that’s not my job. What I do know is, this current system sucks. No one is exactly sure how the algorithm calculates the ‘standings’ or how it evaluates teams without seeing them play. ‘Style points’ are big, but the system is obviously flawed.
Ultimately, we’ll probably see a team play in the National Championship game that didn’t even compete in its conference championship. Let the computers try to fix that one.