BCS Standings posted

The BCS standings are out and Jeff posted them over at Fanblogs.com.

The shockers so far are:

  • that FSU is five (because USC got no love from the computers),
  • That Northern Illinois is ten (although they will still never make the BCS),
  • And TCU (go Frogs!) are in the BCS at #14. The best they've ever been is like 11, so they can improve over the next few weeks (but they still won't get a BCS game).

    Anyway, go check it out. What? Oh, yeah. Duh. Oklahoma & Miami … everyone else is way, way back.

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  • 2 thoughts on “BCS Standings posted”

    1. I think the BCS is a complete fraud, total crap…college sports is nothing short of a business these days…sad state of things in college sports…

    2. Well, everyone's entitled to their opinion, but I've rarely seen one so heartily supported! 😉

      The BCS does not suck and it isn't crap. People who say that don't understand it. The BCS is quite simply a means to an end. The BCS guarantees that every year #1 will play #2 for the national title. Period. That's all it guarantees. There are a lot of ripples, mind you, but that is all that the BCS guarantees. You don't have to be in any particular conference. If you're ranked #1 or #2, your playing.

      What critics of the BCS fail to mention is the exceptional amount of money that the BCS pays out to ALL conferences – even the little ones that critics say are "cut out of the process." That's crap and it's untrue.

      The BCS gets paid by the ABC network and the bowls. This year the payment to the BCS is an estimated $89,920,000. Of that $90 million, $6 million goes to Division I-A & I-AA conferences. That's damn near everyone that suits up in college. In addition, the BCS will give $600,000 in other payments, including a $200,000 stipend to the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame for administering the BCS Standings.

      The ACC, Big East, Big XII and SEC each get $17,015,555. The Pac 10 and Big Ten each gets $3,128,889. The Rose Bowl pays the Pac 10 and Big Ten directly for playing in it. $9 million ($4.5 million each) goes to the two other BCS participants.

      Conference USA, MAC, Mountain West and WAC each gets $1 million. The Sun Belt gets $480,000. D-IAA leagues Atlantic 10, Big Sky, Gateway, Mid-Eastern, Ohio Valley, Southland, Southern, and SWAC each gets $190,000.

      Let's make it clear: The SWAC – which does exactly nothing to help the BCS, nor do it's teams participate in the bowl games for D-IA at all – still gets $200,000 to feed out to it's member schools. At a lot of places, that's the money that make the difference in having football and not having football. Period.

      You say college football is just a business. You're right. College football is a business and it would be naive to think otherwise. I'm always surprised by the people that are critical of college sports (saying "it's a business") but fail to account for the windfall the university recieves financially and in publicity from their athletic departments. Do you honestly think the money that comes in from the liberal arts degree programs pays for itself? Does it run "in the black", so to speak? No. Almost every college in America supplements its general fund with proceeds from athletics. Heck, it's part of the budget!

      Don't knock the BCS because you don't understand it. If you really wanted to form an opinion on the BCS, there's plenty of info available – all of it says its a win-win for colleges and fans.

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