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Big East BCS Hype Bowl: Part Deux

Unread postby furls » Thu Nov 09, 2006 7:13 pm

Bull
Crap
System

Everyone else seems to get a chance to complain about the BCS, so I figured that today, as we prepare to watch “Big East BCS Hype Bowl: Part Deux,” seemed like a perfect opportunity for me to do the same.

Currently the system stinks, it rewards teams with gaudy records, big hype, and easy scheduling. It actually detracts from the regular season by causing to teams to schedule safely. Those interested in seeing a “safe schedule” need to look no further than West Virginia’s non-conference schedule (Marshall, E. Washington, E. Carolina, Maryland, and Mississippi State).

The only thing that is guaranteed by the BCS is that the two highest ranked BCS teams will go into the BCS championship game. Nowhere does it say that the two BEST teams will go and athletic directors and coaches know how to manipulate this system.

Collin Cowherd calls it “dialing up a W,” and I couldn’t agree more. Basically just rack up the wins and shoot up the rankings, while other teams fall by the wayside. Let’s not kid ourselves, the powers that be in West Virginia know what their conference is and chose to give themselves and easy road. I will not put Louisville in the same category as West Virginia because they tried to schedule a tough game; it is not the Cardinals fault that Miami sucks this year.

I have been exceptionally hard on the Big Least all year, frankly because I do not think that its teams are very good. Yep, they have very gaudy records up at the top; the top three teams in the Big East have a combined record of 23-1! That means they must be good, right? But hmmm…. Outside of their own conference who have these teams beat? Well, when a team’s biggest win of the season is Navy, there is a problem.

Hell tonight, the Big East is giving us its second match up of unbeaten teams in as many weeks. Unfortunately, since these teams don’t play anyone they really didn’t risk very much. I am pretty sure that Boise State is undefeated right now, where is their BCS hype? As a matter of fact, Boise State beat Oregon State (who beat USC) and is currently 6-3. Actually Boise State beat Oregon State decisively, 42-14. That win is actually probably more meaningful than anything that any team in the Big East has done.

All week long I have heard pundits from here to there say that if Louisville finishes undefeated well then they deserve to play the winner of the Ohio State vs. Michigan winner. I have an interesting question, if Rutgers wins out should they be accorded the same consideration? I would say that if you accept the same argument that puts Louisville in the championship game (undefeated in a BCS conference) then you MUST give the same consideration to Rutgers.

So as you watch the game tonight, root for Rutgers, not because the Scarlet Knights are a Cinderella team, but simply to screw the BCS and all the pundits that brought forth that ridiculous argument. By their logic, all the good teams in the SEC should leave and give themselves a shot because until strength of schedule counts for something there is no use in playing in a good conference.

GO RUTGERS!
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Unread postby furls » Fri Nov 10, 2006 12:23 am

OK, lets fire up the Rutgers bandwagon!
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Unread postby pup » Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:32 am

I can't wait to see the new AP poll. Do they drop West V and Louisville far enough to keep Rutgers out of the top 5 or does Rutgers jump 10 spots?

Do any sportsbooks offer early lines on the BCS title game? I know you can usually take the NFC -3 or something well before the Super Bowl. Do they do the same thing for this? Would be pretty funny to see what happened to that after last night. Ohio State would have to be giving three touchdowns to Rutgers, no?
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Unread postby yargs7 » Fri Nov 10, 2006 1:52 pm

West Virginia will beat Rugters and the Big East will become what it should have been all along....A NON-FACTOR.
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Unread postby pup » Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:13 pm

I don't think West V will beat Rutgers. Rutgers is better on defense and coaching. West V gets the edge on offense, but so did Louisville.

I think Schiano is the best coach in the country that does not wear a sweater vest. It is un fortunate for the Miami fans that Rutgers has come this far, this fast. I really think the plan was to have Schiano get some experience at Rutgers then take over for Coker.
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Unread postby Guest » Fri Nov 10, 2006 3:56 pm

I saw Rutger's coach on Cold Pizza last week and he was wearing a sweater vest. The host(from OSU) even made a comment about it.
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Unread postby swerb » Fri Nov 10, 2006 4:53 pm

Schiano is going to get the Urban Meyer treatment this off-season. Miami Fla is sure to pursue him, as will other big schools.

I could see Bowden stepping down and FSU getting in there. You have NC St, Arizona St that will likely be looking for new coaches.

Maybe Iowa and Cal if Ferentz or Tedford go back to the NFL.
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Unread postby The Score » Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:01 pm

I don't think Bowden steps down at all. Maybe if he was having a good year, but I don't see it.

As far as Iowa and Cal are concerned, those really aren't big time jobs at all (to me anyways). Ferentz and Tedford have made those teams and they will slowly slip back to mediocrity whenever those guys leave.

But what do I know, Rodriguez was already flirting with the UNC job so anything is possible.
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Unread postby pup » Fri Nov 10, 2006 5:30 pm

I don't know why i thnk this, but I think Schiano actually likes the underdog role of coaching at Rutgers and wants to bring the program up to a national level. The talent in the area that he has to recruit from is pretty good, so if he can keep those kids at home plus gets some blue chippers from around the country he can build something at Rutgers.

If he leaves it will be for Miami, but I don't think it is happening.
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