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College Football Schedule Week 8 Guide: Burn the B(C)S

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Watching last night’s UCLA-Oregon matchup was a bit disturbing. No, it wasn’t the 47-point blowout or the complete ineptitude of UCLA - how can something be disturbing when it was expected? It was the fact that ESPN continually referred to Oregon as the No. 2 team in the nation, second to Oklahoma, that really got me angry.

I admit part of it is vanity since I do have my own college football rankings and have ranked Oregon No. 1 and Oklahoma No. 8. So I do want to yell at the television screen, “Nuh-uh! Oregon is No. 1 you douche-wads!”

I understand that ESPN have decided to use the BCS rankings when advertising games and teams since they own the television rights to the BCS bowl games. But something about the BCS just doesn’t seem right if they have Oklahoma ranked ahead of Oregon.

In the Coaches Poll and Harris Poll, Oregon is ranked No.1 however the six computers have ranked Oregon an average of No. 8 - 9, 7, 9, 8, 2, 11. Oklahoma is ranked No. 3 in the Coaches Poll and No. 4 in the Harris Poll and has an average computer ranking of No. 1 with only two computers ranking them No. 3. And to this I, and most of the nation, say, “Huh?”

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This brings up an interesting conundrum. We who follow sports always strive for perfection and view the human element as being flawed. In both the NFL and college football instant replay is there to correct the referee’s mistakes while in baseball people howl in anger at every missed fair/foul call. Even tennis has an excellent replay system to get line calls correct.

So why do people get angry at the computers in the BCS poll?