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David (Athens, GA)
Brad, with the problems in the Big 12, do you see the BCS big wigs changing anything for next season?
Brad Edwards (12:17 PM)
Even though the BCS was never intended to break conference ties, I hope there will be some discussion about the role of the polls in the formula. This is three straight years that a few (less than 10 percent) renegade voters have done some questionable things on their ballots to attempt to boost one particular team in the overall BCS. On top of all the biases that already exist in the polls, we don't need guys moving teams around to attempt to produce a matchup they want to see. It's just not the role the polls were meant to play in this thing.
I know UF fans that are buying tickets to Miami already, some even before the FSU game. The fans in Oklahoma were chanting "bring on florida". Have you ever seen an undefeated #1 get so little respect as ALABAMA, a traditional power has?
Brad Edwards (12:26 PM)
Not sure if I recall a No. 1 team getting so little respect, but this Alabama team reminds me a lot of Ohio State in 2002. They won with a solid running game and a very good defense, but it wasn't pretty enough to impress many people. Back then, everyone was identifying this one-loss team and that one-loss team that would surely beat Ohio State if they had a chance to play them. In the end, the Buckeyes made it into the BCS Championship Game and knocked off what many thought was an unbeatable Miami team. I guess you never know.
If OU loses to Missouri, do you see voters somehow putting USC in at #2 over Texas, simply because Texas did not win the Big 12?
Brad Edwards (12:28 PM)
I see some voters doing that ... maybe enough to get USC to No. 2 in the polls. But it won't matter. Texas is too much stronger than USC in the computers to finish behind them in the BCS if USC is only one spot better in the polls.
Doug (Fairfax, VA)
Brad, Any chance Boise goes to the fiesta Bowl over Ohio State? It seems to me they'd be a more attractive team since they have proven they can win a BCS game and provided such an entertaining game, unlike the team from the Big Ten that has gotten blown out the past 2 years....
Brad Edwards (12:35 PM)
Now that it seems like Texas will be in the Fiesta, Boise may be even less likely. I see the Fiesta taking either Ohio State or Utah, and I sure can't see the Sugar taking the Broncos. Unfortunately for BSU, the other four BCS games aren't intended to be for the most deserving teams.
Which Bowl game does Ohio State land in, Fiesta or Sugar, and who are they most likely going to play against?
Brad Edwards (12:36 PM)
As I just hinted, I think Texas vs Ohio State is the probable Fiesta matchup. But if the Fiesta takes Utah, the Sugar will strike gold with the Buckeyes against the SEC runner-up. The fact that OSU has never beaten an SEC team in a bowl game makes for an instant storyline that the local fans will just love.
Jerry Don (Haskell, Texas)
What if Mizzou. Beats Okla. Should Texas go or Tech? I Think Texas
Brad Edwards (12:37 PM)
Texas would go. Tech won't even play in a BCS game.
Zack (Bowling Green, KY)
What are the chances for Ball State to make it into the BCS picture??
Brad Edwards (12:38 PM)
How about Utah The BCS buster?How do you think they will match up?
Brad Edwards (12:39 PM)
The only favorable matchup I see for Utah is to play Alabama. That doesn't mean I think they could beat Alabama. I just think Bama's style of play would keep the score respectable. Utah has a good team, but I don't think it's anywhere near as good as the 2004 bunch.
Roddy (San Fran)
Any feel for how the computers would rank a 1 loss Alabama team after a close loss to Florida? High enough to give us a rematch for the national championship if OU loses?
Brad Edwards (12:43 PM)
Not only is Alabama too weak in the computers to survive a loss, but the voters would also rather give Texas a shot at Florida than see Alabama play the Gators again. You can't ask for anything more than a national semifinal game. If you lose it, you don't deserve another shot.
Any idea who gave OU the two first-place votes in the coaches poll?
Brad Edwards (12:48 PM)
Nobody knows how the coaches voted this week. But you need to realize that OU had four first-place votes in the coaches' poll the previous week and lost two of them after winning a road game by 20 points against the No. 11 team in the nation. What makes less sense is why Texas suddenly got a first-place vote in the Harris poll after the win over A&M. Texas has looked that good ever since the loss to Tech. Why wait until this week to vote them No. 1 for the first time? Hmmm
Daniel (San Antonio, TX)
Assuming Oklahoma beats Missouri, if Florida wins are they a lock to jump into the National Chamionship game? Any chance we see a Texas - Oklahoma rematch?
Brad Edwards (12:51 PM)
Even in the worst-case scenario with the computers, Florida will finish ahead of Texas if it has close to 50% of the first-place votes after beating Alabama. The only way I can see that not happening is if the Gators either get lucky to win the SEC Championship or win it in a controversial manner. I think Florida goes to No. 1 in both polls with any kind of normal win.
Why does the BCS not require voters to put their name on their votes every week during the season. Not just the last week of the year. Might that not deter the voters from their so called "plans".
Brad Edwards (12:52 PM)
It would deter most of them, but they wouldn't find enough coaches willing to participate in the poll if their ballots were made public every week. Sounds good to me.
Parker (Tulsa, OK)
Why shouldn't Tech get an at-large bid over Texas, all I heard last week out of Texas was "head-to-head". Does that not matter now?
Brad Edwards (12:54 PM)
A great point, but I come back to something I wrote earlier. The four BCS games that are not for the national title have no interest in what's fair or who's most deserving. They are all about selling tickets, and Texas will sell more tickets than Tech.
Patrick (Mobile, AL)
Does a 10-2 Ohio State truly deserve to go to a BCS Bowl over a 12-0 Boise State? I see OSU getting destroyed for the 3rd year in a row. Its time to give someone else a shot.
Brad Edwards (12:55 PM)
Once again, this has nothing to do with who is more deserving. It has everything to do with Ohio State-Texas or OSU vs SEC runner-up looking great on paper.
Does Texas have a shot at keeping the number two slot in the AP poll after next week's games? More importantly, could they move up to number one if OU wins the BCS championship?
Brad Edwards (1:02 PM)
If the margin over Oklahoma wasn't so slim right now, I'd think there was a chance. My gut feeling is that a few voters will move Oklahoma over Texas after the Sooners win the Big 12 title. If I'm right, it'll be just enough to make OU No. 2 on Sunday. And if they're No. 2 on Sunday, they'll certainly finish ahead of Texas after winning the BCS title.
Brad Edwards (1:03 PM)
Thanks, everyone. Unfortunately, I think the craziness is behind us now. We'll just have to enjoy the games from here on out.
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