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Close, but no Cowboys

Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:06 am
Edited on: December 5, 2011 8:30 am
 
It was close, relatively speaking.  Oklahoma State came up .0086 short of catching Alabama. That is the closest No. 2 and No. 3 have been since the BCS formula was changed for the 2004 season. In 2006, Florida beat out Michigan by .0101, which was coincidentally the last time we debated the merits of a rematch.

OSU ended up 74 points short of what it needed in the Harris poll to finish ahead of the Tide. That's still a decent sized number. So, it's not like we were in a position where one or two voters could have impacted the outcome.

I can almost always explain why a team got picked for a bowl (it's my job, after all), but I am stunned by the selection of Virginia Tech for the Sugar Bowl.  There were, of course, higher rated teams available, but we all know that rankings don't really mean much.  It's about selling tickets and creating an attractive matchup.

The Hokies haven't traveled especially well to the Orange Bowl in recent years. They aren't necessarily a great TV draw. They lost their conference championship game, which is usually perceived as a big negative by the BCS bowls. I can't think of anything they have over Kansas State.

Boise State might have traveled well too, although they are considerably farther away. Even Baylor, which was eligible to get picked, would have at least given us Denard vs RG3.

Virginia Tech's selection seemed to be a last minute change too. The Sugar appeared to be committed to Kansas State initially.

TCU didn't make it. The Horned Frogs finished 18th, same as they were last week. I felt that three of the teams ahead of them that lost this week had to fall behind them, and that they couldn't get jumped by Clemson or Baylor in the polls. They got the first part. Houston, Georgia and Oklahoma did drop behind the Frogs, but Clemson jumped them. If TCU and Clemson switched point totals in the polls, TCU would have finished 16th and qualified for the BCS.

Houston dropped like a rock after losing to Southern Miss.  The Cougars fell from sixth to 19th.

Comments

Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 2:31 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

two actually, nebraska and Ohio State

do you have sour grapes because State is not a draw, and wouldnt make the BCS any money? 

3-5 6-6


How are those math courses going at U-M




Since: Sep 4, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:42 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

Also at the time, Michigan beat Purdue who had a winning record, Illinois had a winning record,  Northwestern was 2-2..  I think the guy below is by far the most bitter little brother..   Your team had its chance to get into the BCS, but couldnt stop themselves from running into the punter..   HAHA..

Personally, I wouldhave preferred to see Baylor or Boise St play Blue in the Sugar but am ok with Beamer Ball.

Go Blue!! 



Since: Jun 11, 2010
Posted on: December 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

sgostate 1,  agree with you 100%, more deserving teams should be there! If I were Boise, I would also Boycott the Las Vegas bowl! they should have been the 5th ranked team in the country, Kansas St. is atleast going to a decent bowl, and you are right about Baylor, a better draw than both  V-tech or Michigan!  like  i said before, somethings smells, with some teams dropping in the rankings too far (Houston)    and some teams rising, without playing a game, very Questionable!    



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:52 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

2 actually, Nebrask and Ohio State (who was 6-5 when they lost to UM)

they also beat a few bowl bound teams outside of the Big Ten

are your panties in a bunch because State is not a draw and it wouldnt make sense to the BCS to have a team like them? 



Since: Sep 13, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:51 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

two actually, nebraska and Ohio State

do you have sour grapes because State is not a draw, and wouldnt make the BCS any money? 



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:42 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

It wasn't outside factors that caused Penn St. tow late losses in the season.  The factors were that Penn St. finally had to laly a couple of decent teams in the weak Big 10.  Alabama hammered them early and then they got to play all those tough Little 10 teams like Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana , etc. 
Maybe michigan should try that too. How many big ten teams with a winning record did Michigan beat? You only get 1 (one) guess.



Since: Mar 1, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:39 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

I can almost always explain why a team got picked for a bowl (it's my job, after all), but I am stunned by the selection of Virginia Tech for the Sugar Bowl.
Well Jerry I am stunned by the selection of michigan for the sugar bowl. K-State, Boise, TCU, Baylor and even Va Tech belong before michigan.  11-2 is better than 10-2 and 9-3 Baylor is far superior to 10-2 michigan. If a 10-2 team loses in a championship game then a team that wins one should go ahead of the idle also rans. Baylor has a Heisman candidate and exciting QB more so than dennard. If it is all about $$$ they why not write into the BCS charter that each year  the following teams SHALL be guaranteed a BCS bowl game if they are not on probation. Ohio St. Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Florida, Alabama, LSU, Texas and Oklahoma. (I's sure i've left someone out and I apologize). then we can pick an atlarge team to play them in the bowl game. Or maybe they could simply open it up for bidding with the school that comes up wiith the largest alumni contribution to "buy" its way into a BCS game. (Hey Boone Pickens!)

The way to properly address this is to hit the BCS bowl committes where it counts, in the pocket books. Yes they like the  alumni support but they like advertising dollars more.

THIS YEAR BOYCOTT WATCHING THE SUGAR BOWL AND BOYCOTT THE PRODUCTS THAT ADVERTISE ON THAT GAME.  See how fast that corrects the problem.



Since: Jan 16, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:27 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

The whole BCS championship game is a scam.  I will not be watching for sure.   The SEC in football is like the ACC in basketball, both overrated. Have fun SEC fans watching that game.  Lemme know who wins. Nevermind, I don't care. 



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:26 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

Jerry Palm, nice prediction at the beginning of the year by calling Michigan as a BCS bowl team.  You were mocked and criticized for that but it looks like you get the last laugh.  Good job.



Since: Mar 4, 2007
Posted on: December 5, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Close, but no Cowboys

Alabama beat a Penn State team that had only that one loss until late in the season when outside factors brought that program down.


It wasn't outside factors that caused Penn St. tow late losses in the season.  The factors were that Penn St. finally had to laly a couple of decent teams in the weak Big 10.  Alabama hammered them early and then they got to play all those tough Little 10 teams like Illinois, Northwestern, Indiana , etc.    


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