December 07, 2003
Big BCS mess

You know, I don't actually like Kansas State. I don't like their coach, Bill "King Cupcake" Snyder, who'd schedule nonconference games at home against high school teams if he could. But when they can throw the entire BCS structure into a state of complete higgledy-piggledy by winning a game, I find myself pulling for them. That the game in question was the greedfest known as a conference championship game just sweetened things. Throw in the fact that they knocked one of the teams responsible for the breakup of the Southwest Conference out of a BCS bowl and you've hit the trifecta.

Put it all together and all I can say is: Way to go K-State!

UPDATE: And as a reward for getting their asses kicked on national television and dropping to #3 in the polls, Oklahoma gets to play for the national championship anyway, while the #1 Trojans get to play in the consolation game. I can hear Kevin Drum's cries of injustice from here. If this doesn't convert people to the idea of a playoff system, nothing will.

Posted by Charles Kuffner on December 07, 2003 to Other sports | TrackBack

Agreed. At the end of every college football season, I root for the upsets that will make the BCS look stupid. Sadly for me, the current scenario looks to create an conflict for me -- in order to maximize BCS stupidity, I'd have to root for whichever of OU-LSU-USC isn't in the Sugar Bowl, which looks like it probably means rooting against my Michigan in the Rose Bowl. I'm afraid my anti-BCS sentiments only go so far... ah, well.

Posted by: Jonathan Ichikawa on December 7, 2003 12:17 PM

First, I'm all "atwitter" over Jim Turner running for Gov, and now the BCS is all "higgledy-piggledy." You obviously have the funkiest Word-A-Day calendar known to mankind.

Posted by: Greg Wythe on December 7, 2003 12:18 PM

Nah, Greg; I suspect it's just good liberal education. ;)

Posted by: Linkmeister on December 7, 2003 12:21 PM

I cou;dn't agree more about the BCS. As Binkley put it in an early "Bloom County": higgedly-piggedly means "a big mess".

I like John Saunders' idea this morning for the championship game: Use the BCS only if the ESPN Coaches Poll and AP Poll do not have the same #1 team. (Note: They are the only polls where actual votes decides the places.)

On the other hand, let's gid rid of the BSS (yes, that is intentional) and do what every other NCAA sport does: have a playoff using the bowl games as a guideline.

Posted by: William Hughes on December 7, 2003 2:37 PM

Here is a question that I have for all supporters of the Bull Crap System (BCS). Why is it that every other NCAA football divison, and all other NCAA sports, regardless odf sex, have playoffs? Isn't an education is as important in Div. III as in Div. I-A? They could ma,ke more money with a playoff, (ex men's basketball) than they can with the BCS

Posted by: RED MEAT DEMOCRAT on December 7, 2003 4:56 PM