Greetings, all. My essay/stats posts will be a bit thin these next few weeks – I’m getting ready for a big stats post that will be up sometime between the end of the regular season & the start of the bowls.
As for where things stand right now, with Penn State’s loss it looks like the BCS might actually work this year. But while other writers and bloggers might be warning you that it won’t last, and that the worst is yet to come, and that the BCS is the worst thing since sliced bread, let me sooth you with these simple words: the voters get it right. They always have, and they probably always will. Why is this important? Because the voters now have 2/3 of the power in the BCS, as they have for three years. And that’s more than enough to override the computers should the need arise. Let’s take a look back, shall we?
In 1998, the voters wanted Tennessee & Florida State – they got it and Tennessee won. Good call.
In 1999, they wanted Florida State and Virginia Tech – good call.
In 2000 they wanted Miami (FL) to go with Oklahoma, but got Florida State again. The Seminoles lost badly to the Sooners. Good call.
In 2001 they wanted Miami (FL) & Oregon, rather than Colorado or Nebraska. Miami (FL) killed Nebraska, and Oregon killed Colorado. Good call.
2002 was Ohio State and Miami (FL) – easy call.
In 2003 they wanted USC & LSU, not Oklahoma. LSU pounded Oklahoma while USC destroyed Michigan. Good call.
In 2004, they wanted USC & Oklahoma, leaving Auburn out. Auburn squeaked past Virginia Tech, while the Trojans mauled the Sooners. Good call? Sure – someone had to be left out.
2005 was USC vs Texas – easy call.
2006 Ohio State was the only undefeated, but the voters chose Florida as their test at #2. The voters got it right when the Gators beat the Buckeyes down. Good call.
And in 2007, Ohio State was the only one-loss, but they were highly suspect. LSU looked to be the second best and the voters had the sense to jump them all the way up to #2. The Tigers proved it was the right choice when they beat Ohio State in the national championship game. Good call.
Ten years of the BCS, ten good calls by the voters. So whatever happens in the next four weeks, take solace in the fact that the voters have power. Not only do they make the right calls, but they now have the ability to make the matchup that a majority of the country wants to see under the BCS system. So take a deep breath and know that even if your team is shut out, the voters will get it right.