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  • The least wonderful time of the year

       December 06, 2009

    So, I'm outraged by the BCS. Again. It's not that I'm so passionate about college football, it's that I'm outraged by the general unfairness of it all. Texas & Alabama might be the two best teams in college football, but they've done nothing that the other unbeaten teams haven't done too: gone unbeaten and won their conference. The only difference is that Alabama & Texas were supposed to be good and come from big conferences that are supposed to be good. As a horse racing fan, let me tell you that you're going to lose a lot of money betting on "supposed to".

    Because I love stats, here are some interesting tidbits about the five unbeaten college football teams. Read 'em and tell me that it's such a sure thing that Alabama & Texas should meet in the National Championship Game.

    • Texas did not play a single non-conference game against a team in another BCS conference. To put that in perspective, only three other tems in all of Division 1 were similarly shamefully wussy: Texas Tech, Mississippi and Wisconsin.
    • The Big 12 as a whole only won four games against other BCS conferences, beating such powerhouses as Duke, Illinois and Wake Forest. Their overall record was 4-7.
    • Of course, it's not just about BCS conferences. Maybe some of these undefeated teams beat conference champions in the smaller conferences, right? Nope. The only team with a victory over a conference champion is Boise State, who earned it against Oregon
    • Alabama has defeated three teams in the AP top 25. TCU has two such wins, Cincinnati has three, Texas has two and Boise State has one.
    • If the BCS bowl selections go as expected, both Alabama and Boise State will have 1-0 records against BCS bowl teams
    • TCU beat #15 BYU on the road. Cincinnati's biggest non-conference win, over #16 Oregon State, was also on the road, as was Alabama's win over #12 Virginia Tech
    • The SEC has a 9-4 record against other BCS conferences, with most of their wins against the ACC.
    • As of the most recent AP poll, Alabama's best win is over #5 Florida. Cincinnati's best win is over #16 Oregon State. TCU's best win is over #15 BYU. Boise State's best win is over #7 Oregon. Texas' best win? That would be last night's one point beat down of #20 Nebraska.

    Looking at the stats, it's hard to make an argument for Texas. Of course, maybe they are one of the two best teams in the country. At least they'll get to make a case for themselves on the field. It's too bad the rest of the unbeaten teams won't get that same opportunity, which is why the end of the college football season just flat out sucks. Again.

    Posted by at December 6, 2009 10:16 AM

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