The Third Wheel: Top 5 BCS Title Game Snubs

By Al Burke
December 13, 2012 7:26 am
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Occasionally the BCS has been known to get it right, but most of the the time there's always a team or two that merits stronger consideration for a national championship shot than the machinations of a computer formula.

But who are theses teams, what gives them the right to claim a national title shot and why did they fall short?

Here are the top five , but there are just a few things I'd like to add: a team doesn't have to be No. 3; it doesn't need to have won its division; it needs to have won its bowl game; and finally, the top two may still be worthy.

Feel free to lambaste with your opinions, they are always welcome. On with the (slide) show!

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21 months ago
Al-I think you have to re-examine the Rankings before the champ. game is played. Until we have a playoff, why not assemble a group of "experts" to determine who would be favored in a round robin of 3 games involving the Top 3 Teams in the Final Rankings. This year:who would be favored if ND played Ala., if ND played Fla., if Ala. played Fla.? I would guess that the Champ. Game would be Ala. vs. Fla. Is this very subjective-aren't the Polls very subjective?
21 months ago

They certainly are subjective, Bob. I could rant for hours about them, but I won't bore you. The first thing they need to do is get rid of ridiculous preseason polls that impact in-season polls. One (the only) thing I actually like about the BCS poll is it isn't released until midseason. This is a more sensible approach. But the polls just can't be justified (to me anyway).
21 months ago
So until you and every other individual fan is pleased we will be declaring a mythical champion, as in the last hundred years. Snubs are like boogers, dig deep enough you will eventually get one. Question is what to do with it.
21 months ago

Nope. The point is, the original system was flawed and the BCS was meant to fix it but didn't. That's why a playoff system is being put in place. It's not perfect, but it's definitely a step in the right direction.
21 months ago
The college basketball championship has over 60 teams and teams get snubbed. There is no satisfying fan bases. By taking the top 2 teams from human poll/computer poll combos we have a very good start. Perfect? Absolutely not. But it is better than what we had.
For the record, preseason rankings have been the scourge of the college world and can not belong as long as a mythical champion is no longer desired.
21 months ago

Paul-I agree with your thought of "BY taking the top 2 teams....... " but I'm glad you added that it's a very good start. Yes, it is, but what would be wrong with re-examining those top 3 teams at the end and making sure that the odd man out (the 3rd Ranked Team) is really only the 3rd best, and not possibly the 2nd best. They are getting left out of the biggest, most important game of the year. If a panel of "experts" could determine that the 3rd best would be favored to beat the 1st or 2nd best team, then why shouldn't they be Ranked above those other teams?
21 months ago

Paul-by the way-what is your thought on the fact that Ala. is a 7 to 10 point (I think) favorite over ND and yet the Rankings have ND NO.1 ? I always thought the No. 1 Team was the to be the best in the nation.
21 months ago

Bob, bear in mind that those odds are not set by the NCAA or the BCS, but by independent organisations.
21 months ago

Al-yeah, I know how Vegas and other oddsmakers set their favorites number, but I heard other sports talk shows have discussions about the game, and the general concensus was-7-10. Here's what I wonder-who would the guys that voted ND No.1 favor in the game. I'm guessing that a majority of them would favor Ala. Then the even bigger question-who would they favor in ND vs. Fla.? If that came out to be Fla., then I say change the Rankings and the Champ. game opponents. Let's get the 2 best Teams in the game.
21 months ago

I don't think Florida are number 2, their offense stinks, but irregardless, the problem stems from preseason polls having real-world value. And the BCS is a crock...
21 months ago

Paul, I think comparing some middle of the pack team in the playoffs to potentially the top team in the nation is hardly going to cause the same uproar. I absolutely agree with you on preseason polls, they should be the equivalent to mock drafts - fun, but no bearing on sports reality. If there is such a thing...
21 months ago
Why is Oklahoma always ranked so high to start with? They are notorius chokers
21 months ago

Good question, Ed. Either preseason voters take take a "this has to be their year" approach, or they consult astrologers. From Oklahoma.

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