Computer hands Big 12 South to Oklahoma
The BCS system has already screwed up this season, and it hasn’t even picked the bowl game match ups yet.
Oklahoma leap-frogged Texas in the BCS poll, effectively handing the Sooners the Big 12 South and sending them to the championship game against Missouri.
Though it’s come to be expected that the computers will screw up some facet of their simple-yet-unmanageable job, the implications this time around seem much greater and much more unjust than usual.
Texas beat Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl, Texas Tech beat Texas in Lubbock, Tex. and Oklahoma blew out Texas Tech in Norman, Okla. However, at the end of the regular season these three teams were tied.
Logic says that Texas’ wins were of higher quality. They beat Oklahoma on a neutral field and their loss happened while on the road. Their only loss – to Texas Tech – came in the final minutes when they simply gave Graham Harrell enough time to get the job done. Too bad logic can’t be taught.
The BCS computers decided that Oklahoma’s win against Texas Tech was more important since it was later in the season with a convincing score of 65-21.
The decision likely hands Oklahoma a trip to a BCS game where they are 0-4 in their last four contests. Texas on the other hand is on a two-game BCS winning streak.
Since it’s the Big 12 that instituted the tie-break system, it rests on their shoulder that the best team will not be represented in the Championship game or the BCS.
It’s apparent that after years of BCS screw-ups, it’s time for our system to evolve. In a playoff system, this wouldn’t be an issue.
If UNLV edged out Brigham Young during the regular season of basketball, the Cougars have a chance for retribution in the Mountain West Conference tournament. Football has no such luxury.
Though bowl games will always be lucrative, people will always pay more to see the best teams play and that’s in the interest of everyone involved: fans, executives and teams.