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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

97,731 People Can't Be Wrong

According to a BCS poll on ESPN.com, 52.5% of people who voted said Notre Dame was the worst team playing in a BCS game this year. Less than half as many people picked Wake, and a third as many picked Boise State. The handful remaining picked Oklahoma. Also of note, 89.5% of the 186,154 respondents said college football needed a playoff system. Seriously, if more people think that a national championship should be decided on the field than can fit into the largest college stadium in the country (which, incidentally, belongs to Michigan), that ought to tell you something.

3 Comments:

  • Despite all of our bitching about the BCS, what kind of bowl matchups would we have back in the old system? Pretty good examination of it: http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=jones/061205&lpos=spotlight&lid=tab6pos1

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2006 9:38 AM  

  • I saw that yesterday. I like the +1 idea the best now. It's short and simple. It would take care of situations like undefeated Auburn a few years ago or Michigan this year. I sympathize with teams that get shut out of the #2 slot like that.

    On the other hand, teams that get shut out of the #4 slot can be told to go to hell. A Louisville, LSU, USC, or Wisconsin certainly could win it all, but they don't have a "claim" to the national championship given their performance all year, strength of schedule, etc. It would preserve the "playoff atmosphere" of regular season college football, but avoid a system like college basketball where even a George Mason could win it all. Certainly exciting in its own way, but not for college football.

    By Anonymous Tim, at 12/06/2006 5:16 PM  

  • You could even retool the rankings and voting a bit to trigger the +1 game if the #3 team's composite score is within a certain range of the top team's score. Kind of hokey, but then you don't have to let a couple of 10-2 teams compete for the championship if #1 and #2 are the obvious choices for the NCG.

    By Anonymous Tim, at 12/06/2006 5:23 PM  

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