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We're Number 1!

by Deborah Horton (writer), Montana, October 13, 2010

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Number 1

The mock BCS standings for college football are out and Boise State is number 1 - even though they shouldn't be.

In a mock look at the BCS rankings that are to come out officially on October 17, that mock look has the Boise State Broncos ranked #1. This is of course based on the games thus far and really has no bearing on what things will look like in a few weeks after schools like Ohio State play the toughest part of their schedule, but for the media this is enough and will be enough when the real rankings come out to beat everyone in America over the head with their BCS busting team Boise State.

What these media heads don’t realize is that Boise State doesn’t bust up anything. If they were actually allowed to be number 1, it would just further the BCS ridiculousness. It’s not going to make the BCS system look any worse, it isn’t possible to do so. It is THE worst system in all of sports for determining those at the top and those who should play for the title. The absolute worst. The only thing a number 1 Boise would do is to make all the polls in the season look like so much used up paper. Those polls would then become irrelevant. Because all of those polls have Ohio State number 1 but those polls take into account the schools entire schedule. The computer takes into account only those games played to this point.

Now, at the end of the season, things will be considerably different. Ohio State and several other top contending schools will be through the real heart of their schedules while Boise State will pile up cupcakes the next few weeks. That will move them back down the ladder and the real number 1 team will emerge. But it will not solve the problem. The Boise State/TCU, let in all the cupcakes crowd, will still be whining that their teams get no respect and the smaller schools, with stronger schedules than Boise but still ranked less than 15 because they are not an SEC school, will still be whining. The strength of schedule people, like myself, will still be whining that a school like Boise State shouldn’t be in the rankings at all.

Until there is another system instituted to determine who is at the top – preferably a play off system – all this whining will continue, every single year. It will never change. And the reality is that it will never change, the BCS is not going anywhere and a playoff systems is never going to happen. So let’s hear it whiners, including myself, who’s number 1?

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By Glenn T on October 13, 2010 at 01:02 pm

Deb, I would submit that Ohio State is every bit the PRETENDER that Boise State is, and that the Big Ten is no more major conference than the WAC or the MWC is.

Who's the second best team in the Big 10? Iowa (who got whacked by Pac-10 middler Arizona)? Michigan (who used-to-be-Heisman candidate was exposed)? Northwestern (maybe channeling the Gary Barnett years)?

I agree with your conclusion, but I'm not ready to say that major conferences remain the imprimateurs of quality that they used to be. Boise State may not deserve to be No. 1., but I sure like their chances against just about anyone.

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By Deborah Horton on October 13, 2010 at 03:43 pm

You will come to find I am a traditionalist in all sports :) Ohio State has not played the strength of their schedule as yet. When they do, if they win them all, they are imminently better than Boise by strength of schedule alone. And it's not conferences I'm promoting. I am a strength of schedule purist - Boise State has played 1 ranked team, that obviously never should have been and 1, previously ranked team who soon became an unranked team, and then a plethora of cupcakes. They do not play teams that require any effort and even if they beat them 60 to 0 it means a strength of schedule purist.

I believe that college football should not rank ANY teams until and after game 3 of the season. I believe that "school reputation" should not figure into it at all (Florida got a 5 rank in pre-season on that alone and they at that time by anyone who saw them practice were not even a top 25 team). I believe that the only fair system is a playoff system. I also believe, and listen closely, that there will NEVER EVER be a playoff system, ever. I don't care if TCU plays Boise for the National Title and people are screaming to the top of their lungs, playoffs won't happen. There is far too much money involved in the current system for them to change. And after all, college football is about money, and only money.

This post is just as much a whining post as most all the others on the BCS because nothing, not even a national title won by the cupcake king of the world Boise will change it. Thus, everyone continues to whine and the sports media has a controversy to beat to death to infinity. In December, Boise won't be ranked in the top 5, if the other schools go through the toughest parts of their schedules undefeated. And in this system, the only one we have, that's the way it should be :)

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By Deborah Horton on October 14, 2010 at 07:22 am

Thanks for reading and the comments everyone - unfortunately, the BCS isn't going to be replaced - they won't let go of all that money until it's pried from their cold, dead hands....

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