Guest Blogger Aaron Richardson
Everyone needs to stop knocking on what Ohio State has done on the football field. They have played in seven BCS bowl games this decade. They have wont he Big Ten for four straight seasons. They have a national title while playing for two others. The only games they have lost in the past four seasons have been to teams that finished either in the top 10 nationally or in a BCS bowl. The last time Ohio State lost to a team that didn’t play in the BCS was in November 2004 at Purdue. Everyone gets on …read more
Florida dominated the USA Today Coaches’ Poll, earning 53 of 59 first-place votes. That’s no surprise, since golden boy Tim Tebow is back for one more year with the school. Here’s the rest of the top ten:
Texas received four first-place votes, and Oklahoma and USC each had one first-place vote. We’re going to see match-ups between many of these top ten teams, but by then, we could see some of these schools fall from grace. Are there any surprised coming from down below? Is this Notre Dame’s year? What about Oklahoma State or Utah?
In my opinion, though, …read more
For the first time ever, teams outside of the Pac-10 and Big Ten have a good chance of playing in the Rose Bowl, the granddaddy of all of the BCS bowls, according to reports. Well, maybe “good” is a strong word, but considering that both conferences have championship contenders most years, it is at least a possibility.
Under the nex rule, which will be in effect from 2010 to 2013, if the Pac-10 or Big Ten has their conference champion playing in the National Championship game, the Rose Bowl must take a non-BCS team, if one qualifies. Otherwise, the game will …read more
Congress held hearings on the Bowl Championship Series today, and lots of people are talking about it. Essentially, we just saw the same old arguments rehashed again, but who knows – maybe somethng will actually get done. Here are what people are saying.
Team Speed Kills: A Recap of the Senate BCS Hearing (including a video link if you want to watch it too)
The Wall Street Journal: College Football Goes Down the Hatch
Mr College Football: It’s Time to be Honest about the BCS
Senatus: Hatch Calls for Justice Department Investigation of BCS
NCAA Football Fanhouse: BCS Hearing are about the Money
Betsy’s Page: Keep …read more
It’s no secret that the Mountain West Conference wants a playoff system. Other conferences may want one as well, but the MWC actually went to the effort to put together a proposal for it, which was rejected by the BCS today. Their plan was an 8-team playoff system that would allow all of the leagues an equal chance to send teams to the National Championship Game.
After it was rejected, David Frohnmayer, BCS presidential oversight committee chairman, said:
“There was no overall support for the proposal, although some conferences were interested in considering certain elements of it in the future — particularly …read more
ESPN recently announced that they will be showing the Rose Bowl starting in 2011. Currently, the game is shown on network television. This year (well, the 2010 game) will be shown on ABC.
Starting in 2010, all of the other BCS bowls will also be on ESPN. Says ESPN’s VP of programming and acquisitions:
“Having all BCS matchups on one home, especially within ESPN’s year-round college football environment, is the very best scenario. Fans will welcome ESPN’s all-encompassing approach, and the additional opportunities and value resulting from our multi-platform presentation will benefit the college football community and our business partners.”
Personally, I wish …read more
The American Football Coaches Association is making a number of changes to the USA Today coaches’ poll, which factors into the BCS formula. At the top of the list is the confidentiality rules. Coaches will no longer be required to reveal their votes on the final regular-season ballots.
Before 2005, coaches could keep their votes confidential, but the BCS pushed for the rule change after 2004, when the Rose Bowl bid was questionable. The coaches voted to reveal their final regular-season votes, which have been printed in USA Today.
However, this has caused some awkward situations. Coaches have been criticized for voting …read more
The Bowl Championship Series has been criticized for years, but in the last several months, things have gotten political. There are a number of people seeking to make the BCS illegal or pushing for a playoff system. President Obama’s recent Supreme Court nominee could be someone that will make that happen.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who was nominated today to fill an empty seat, is on board with solving sports-related problems. In 1995, she helped to end the MLB strike. Her ruling against the owners effectively ended the strike, which lasted 232 days.
Sotomayor also was involved with the ruling that players must …read more
I want some kind of BCS playoff as much as the next person, but doesn’t Congress have more important things to worry about?
No, according to one representative.
According to reports, republican Representative Joe Barton of Texas (anyone surprised there, seeing as Texas is one of the schools getting the shaft?) introduced legislation today that, if passed, would force a playoff system to determine the national champion.
Actually, to be more specific, the bill will prohibit anyone from promoting a postseason game as a “national championship” game unless it is the result of a playoff system. So, they could keep …read more
I can’t watch every game, and there are tons not on TV every week. So, instead of blogging about every game, I’ll link you to the people who are talking about it (by conference). If I missed your link, leave a comment!
#2 Alabama 35, Arkansas State 0
Alabama – Arkansas State, the full recap at Tide Corner
Alabama-Arkansas State, the day after… at The Rap Sheet
Arkansas State From The Couch at Bama Sports Report
North Texas 51, Western Kentucky 40
Western Kentucky Fall To North Texas, 51-40
Louisiana-Lafayette 49, Florida International 20
La-Lafayette’s Fenroy breaks NCAA record in win at Associated Press News from Salon.com
Louisiana-Monroe 31, …read more