SPORTS GAL TAKE – College Football: The RankingsBy Delaina Dixon | October 25, 2010 | Gals On The Town
ItΓÇÖs been a minute since Sports Gal spoke on college football but with the first Bowl Championship Series (BCS) rankings out, itΓÇÖs time.
According to the BCS website (bcsfootball.org), it is ΓÇ£a five game showcaseΓÇªdesigned to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game.ΓÇ¥ There are some who might debate that, but unless there is ever a playoff system instituted, this is best there is.
The National Football Foundation and the College Hall of Fame are responsible for the BCS standings. They include three components: USA Today Coaches Poll, Harris Interactive College Football Poll and an average of six computer rankings. Things such as strength of schedule and conference strength play a big part in these various rankings. And cause a great deal of controversy.
Controversy that is evident in the first BCS rankings, as Oklahoma is number one followed by Oregon and Boise State. Many (if not all) of the BCS predictions had Boise State at number one, but this is where conference strength shows itself.
Boise State is in Western Athletic Conference; Oregon is in the PAC-10; and Oklahoma is in the Big 12. As conferences go, for college football the SEC (Southeastern Conference) and the Big 12 are the most competitive. Thus teams in those conferences have an added benefit when it comes to BCS rankings. Conference games are more challenging in these conferences, and given AlabamaΓÇÖs loss to South Carolina, a team not really in contention for anything. It is hard to argue that point.
But how much should that matter for an individual teamΓÇÖs performance? Boise State is 6-0 but they have only beaten one ranked team, Oregon State, and if nothing changes that will be the only ranked team they play this year. Oklahoma, on the other hand, at 6-0 has beaten two ranked teams (Florida State and Texas) and will play two other ranked teams this season, pending no changes. Boise State has a good team but faces an uphill battle to play for the National Championship.
Got all that? Good. Because now is the time when college football season becomes must-see TV. You know Sports Gal will be right there watching every game and breaking it down for yah.
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