I’m sure they are doing a little fuming this morning in Fort Worth, Tex. And to me this would have been a goood year to have a four-team playoff with 1. Auburn vs. No. 4 Wiscinson or Stanford and No 2 Oregon vs. No 3 TCU. The two semifinal games would have been played on New Year’s Day. It woild give us a more satisfying post-season because a team like TCU would get its shot.
People always ask me how these pairings get made. And believe it or not there is a selection proccess and it goes like this:
**–Auburn and Oregon are chosen as the top two teams to play for the BCS championship.
**–The two bowls which lost their designated conference championships (SEC, Pac-10) go to the front of the line and get to “replace” the teams they lost. The Sugar (SEC champ) picked first and replaced Auburn with Arkansas (10-2), the highest rated remaining SEC team. The Rose (which lost Oregon to the big game) had to take TCU (instead of Stanford) as a replacement team because the new BCS contract stipulates that it had to take a non-AQ champion if one was qualified.
**–Then the other conference champs were placed in their designated bowls: Big 12 champ Oklahoma goes to the Fiesta; ACC champ Virginia Tech goes to Orange; Big Ten champ Wisconsin goes to the Rose. The Big East has no designated conference.
So now the BCS championship game is full (Auburn-Oregon) and the Rose Bowl is full (TCU-Wisconsin) and the other conference champs have been put in place. Now the selection order begins to fill the final holes. That order, which is determined before the season is: Sugar, Orange, Fiesta.
The Sugar Bowl looks at 11-1 Ohio State, whose only lost is to Wisconsin, and that’s a no brainer. A quarterback battle featuring Ryan Mallett of Arkansas and Terrelle Pryor of Ohio State? Yeah, I believe people will watch that.
The Orange already has Virginia Tech, which has won 11 straight. If West Virginia had won the Big East there would have been a discusssion about taking the Mountaineers because of the way they travel. But matching up Tech QB Tyrod Taylor and Stanford’s Andrew Luck will be a big time event that fans will watch.
Fiesta: The four at-large picks (TCU, Ohio State, Arkansas, Stanford) are gone, leaving the Fiesta with UConn, the Big East champ, to play Oklahoma. The Huskies have one of the better running backs in the country in Jordan Todman (No. 2 rusher behind Oregon’s LaMichael James. Plus remember that UConn has not been playing Division I-A football very long. Randy Edsall is one of the more underated coaches in college football. Edsall had to guide his team through the tragedy last season when teammate Jasper Howard was murdered. There will be good story lines for this game.
So we have:
Fiesta: Oklahoma vs. UConn
Orange: Virginia Tech vs. Stanford
Sugar: Arkansas vs. Ohio State
Rose: Wisconsin vs. TCU
BCS: Auburn vs. Oregon.
Personally I would have preffered Wisconsin and Stanford in the Rose and TCU vs. Virginia Tech in the Orange. But the rest of the BCS bowls look good to me.
We will certainly write more about the big game later in the month. But what do you think of the matchups? What would be some better matchups?
Please follow me on Twitter: