This year is panning out to be similar to 2004. What am I talking about? Auburn football. But you talked about that on Tuesday. Yes, I talked about the Iron Bowl this year (which was so epic, I can’t even tell you). Today, I am going to tell you why I hate the BCS.
Auburn doesn’t have the respect of the voters who make up the BCS. We never have. You might not remember this, but in 2004 Auburn went undefeated. This means, we had to beat all the same teams we have played this year and we still didn’t get to go to the Championship Game that year. Why? Because the BCS is a terrible system and the voters just don’t respect Auburn.
I was in school in 2004, and I can tell you that this year seems to be very similar to 2004.
I saw this article yesterday and knew that I had to share it with you guys. They do a blind test of the top 5 teams in the BCS but you don’t know who is who.
They used this data:
* Opponents’ winning percentage
* Overall margin of victory for the season (with deficits in losses deducted)
* The average margin of victory per game (with deficits in losses deducted)
* The number of opponents currently ranked in the top 25 of the BCS standings
* The number of opponents ranked in the top 25 of the USA Today Coaches’ Poll at the time of the game
* The number of top 50 foes played (according to the current 1-125 BCS rankings)
* The number of sub-75 foes played (according to the current 1-125 BCS rankings)
* The average current BCS ranking of each team’s foes
And this is how it turned out:
So who do you think should play in the Championship game based on this?
Surprise! Based on this data, it should be Auburn vs. Missouri. Obviously this will play out tomorrow during the SEC Championship game, but it’s sad because even if Auburn wins tomorrow, we probably won’t make it to the BCS Championship game. Why? Because 2 unbeaten teams are ahead of us and everyone thinks that they deserve to play each other. Sadly, this was exactly the case in 2004 and it didn’t play out that way for us.
It doesn’t matter that Auburn played a tougher schedule than either FSU or OSU (sorry Noles fans, but it’s true!) but since they are unbeaten, they will play each other. I just don’t think it’s going to be a very good Championship game. I can also pretty much guarantee that if we played LSU later in the season, we would have killed them. We are a completely different team than we were when we played them (in week 3), that I have confidence that we would be undefeated if we had played them later in the season. This is obviously in my opinion.
I don’t want to offend anyone who is rooting for FSU or OSU. I just feel so bad for our players because they have played their little hearts out, and while they might have gotten lucky (ok…really lucky), we still have those wins. It doesn’t matter how we won, it’s that we did win. I just think it’s unfair and I can’t wait for the playoff system to be in place next year.