Two convincing wins in a row and we are back in the Top 25, bitches. We sit at 20th in the AP, 22nd in the Harris, and 25th in the BCS because the computers absolutely HATE us. All we have to do is continue to win and we will be back in the Top 15. (Just call me Captain Obvious)
We’re barely three days from the national championship and already early 2008-09 top 25 lists are being rolled out. Want to know how WVU is being perceived after the surprise Sweet 16 run? Well, you won’t have to scroll too far in most rankings, considering we’re damn near the top.
Even when it works, someone has a problem. Usually legitimate. At least in college basketball, the problems happen during the selection process, a full month before the national championship game. With the BCS, problems begin the first day the rankings are released and continue until about the middle of the 3rd quarter of the MNC game.
No one points out one of the biggest deficiencies of the BCS better than this piece by Wendell Barnhouse — who’s name frankly sounds made-up — in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Two of the most popular exhibits in the BCS’ Hall of Shame are the 2001 and 2003 seasons. In both cases (Nebraska in ’01 and Oklahoma in ’03), a team reached the BCS title game without winning its conference championship.
Should West Virginia win out, it will be 11-1 and atop the Big East standings. If South Florida wins its remaining games, the Bulls and the Mountaineers would be the only Big East teams with one loss.
South Florida, based on its head-to-head victory over West Virginia, would be Big East champions. The Bulls, 12th in the coaches’ and Harris polls and 10th in the BCS standings, are long shots to reach the BCS title game.
While it would require more upsets — and based on what’s transpired, that’s not exactly a reach — it’s not out of the question that West Virginia could wind up ranked No. 2 in the final BCS standings.
Yep, that’s right. West Virginia could play in the BCS title game and not be the top team in its conference. At least the Mountaineers could claim to be “co-champions,” which is something Nebraska and Oklahoma couldn’t do.
Obviously, this is the scenario we as Mountaineer fans want to have play out this season. But, in the interest of college football, there needs to be a rule change.
Simply amending the BCS qualification rules to require winning your own conference’s championship (along with any tiebreakers) would help shore up a faulty BCS process. Reason suggests that if you’re not the best team in your conference of 8-12 teams, then how can you compete for the title of best team in America?
Hopefully — soon — you won’t be able to.
Over the past few weeks, I have lambasted Jon Wilner as the most ignorant of AP pollsters. That’s still true. But there’s a poll out there that makes him look like the Patron Saint of Rankings — that ballot belongs to Every Day Should Be Saturday (EDSBS).
If you’re a fan of EDSBS — as I generally am — you know that it is a hyper-successful college football blog with strong Florida Gator roots. Unfortunately, their latest offering for MGoBlog’s Blog Poll is an abomination that not even Wilner himself would claim as his own.
Let’s get started, shall we:
1. Ohio State
I don’t agree, but still, a reasonable pick. So far, so good.
OK, we’re off the reservation. How in the world do you place a team that has beaten only a mediocre Texas team (who has not beaten anyone of note themselves) and a Missouri, who plays in the luxuriously easy Big 12 North. Oh yeah, the fucking lost to Colorado. Colorado!
3. South Florida
5. South Carolina
6. Boston College
All legit picks. We should be getting into West Virginia territory now. Stay tuned.
8. Arizona State
Wait for it…
Our first two-loss team. Fantastic.
16. Penn State
19. Texas Tech
20. West Virginia
Hooray. We’re a ranked team. And in the top 20. We should be so proud. Or not.
20th? Seriously? A team that started ranked in the top 5-6 and who’s only loss came on the road at the #2 team in the land? And we’re only ranked 20th? This is just stupid. Just as in the Joseph Smith South Park episode, “dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb”.
Ballhype – EDSBS < Jon Wilner
In the latest update of the Coaches Hot Seat Ranking, we’re told that apparently Coach Rodriguez’s job is safe…for now. Rodriguez checks in at 106th out of 120 current Div. I-A head coaches (I’ll be damned if I ever call it the Football Bowl Subdivision).
Rodriguez trails some memorable names like Jim Tressel (120 out of 120), Steve Spurrier (119/120), Jim Leavitt (115/120) and Mack Brown (107/120). Personally, I believe Mack Brown will always be on a hotter seat than Rich Rodriguez, national championship and all.
Unfortunately for them, we also see some familiar faces towards the top of the list. Greg Robinson is in trouble (17/120), Mark Snyder is screwed (11/120), and Dave Wannstedt is just plain fucked (7/120).
Hey, at least he’s not Houston Nutt.
Ballhype – West BY GOD Virginia: Rodriguez’s Job Is Safe
This is good news, seeing as how CFN’s drug problem had run rampant in the past few weeks. Luckily, they put down the pipe, stopped hanging out with Jon Wilner, and got themselves clean.
How do I know this? Because they wrote the following:
West Virginia (5-1, 1-1) – No matter what happens around them, the Mountaineers understand that six wins down the stretch will land them no worse than an at-large BCS bowl berth. After a much-needed week of rest, the journey resumes this Saturday with a visit from Mississippi State.
Rational thought from CFN — whoodathunkit? Unfortunately, they still have us ranked 12th, but one step at a time, OK?