As I was talking to a few colleagues at an end of year luncheon, I had realized many more people think as I do about all of the B.S. that surrounds the BCS and non-BCS bowl selections.
For one, the LSU-Alabama matchup in the BCS Championship game is the correct one for this season, and it happens to be rarity in the championship game selection process that has occured since the current format's inception.
One can just look back a few years ago when an undefeated Auburn was passed over in the 2004 process, while having the strongest schedule and having played in the strongest conference that year. Oh yes, that season's championship was vacated, thank you Reggie Bush.
This season, the other bowls made some mistakes, like picking three Sun Belt teams but not taking the second place finisher, Western Kentucky. The excuse was that Western finshed with a 7-5 record, and UL-Lafayette and Florida International finished with 8-4 records. The Hilltoppers probabally would have finished 8-4, too, if they had not played number one LSU. The game in Baton Rouge was actually close for the first half. Maybe just for that reason, Western Kentucky would have a better draw than, let's say, 6-7 UCLA, a team with a fired coach and played in their conference championship by default.
Conference USA helped in sending their champion (Southern Miss) to Hawaii instead of Memphis for the Liberty Bowl "punishment" for knocking off Houston in the championship game and costing the conference $17 million. But didn't the Cougars lose the game to the Golden Eagles?
The league had a tie-in to send their champ to Memphis, but 'bah humbug' for taking money from the scrooges, or should I say 'stooges'.
And to the Sugar Bowl..Virginia Tech, REALLY? Again? Why invite them again? To come down so they can be the LOSER in the game again. The Hokie fans aren't too excited about it either. Boise State, a more deserving choice, would have brought many more fans.
The solution to this mess is to bring a playoff system into the bowl scheme. There are many good ideas out there in how to clean up all the B.S. of the system we have today. We just need people with common sense, but that's uncommon these days.
Don't even get me started about our political system, talking about common sense. This is a sports blog.
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