Margin of victory isn't "style points". Incorporating margin of victory gives better predictive success going forward. Its exclusion from the computers is a pointless kneejerk reaction from some undesired outcome years ago (I think maybe Nebraska '01, but I might be wrong).
Just think only THIRTY SIX days until the National Championship. God the NCAA is a joke. Imagine if the last game of the NFL playoffs was at the end of January and then the Super Bowl was in mid-March or if the NCAA basketball conference tourneys ended in march and then the big tourney was in May.
NIU finishes 15th, gets an automatic bid to a BCS bowl. God knows that should be an SEC team in there, but what can you do.
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Conscript, you're right on both accounts. Fortunately, the four-team playoff should close that gap a little (right?). But do coaches think that bowl games aren't important? Is it the coach's decision to skip out on his team before they play their last game, or is it the prospective employer that says "you have to come here NOW"?
NIU getting into a BCS bowl is a joke smh what is wrong with college football they need a commissioner bad.
BCS National Championship: Notre Dame vs Alabama
Fiesta: Kansas St vs Oregon
Sugar: Florida vs Lousiville (lol blowout)
Orange: Florida St vs NIU
Rose: Wisconsin vs Stanford
Go Daddy: Kent St vs Ark St
BBVA Compass: Old Miss vs Pitt
Cotton: Oklahoma vs Texas AM
Heart of Dallas: Purdue vs Oklahoma St (70 point blowout?)
Outback: Michigan vs South Carolina
Gator: Northwestern vs Miss St
Capital One: Nebraska vs Georgia
Sun: Georgia Tech vs USC
Music City: NC State vs Vandy
Liberty: Tulsa vs Iowa St
Chick-fil-A: Clemson vs LSU
Pinstripe: WVU vs Syracuse
Kraft: AZ St vs Navy
Buffalo Wild Wings: TCU vs Michigan St
Armed Forces: Air Force vs Rice
Alamo: Texas vs Oregon St
Russell: Rutgers vs Va Tech
Meinieke: Texas Tech vs Minnesota
Independence: Ohio vs LA-Monroe
Holiday: UCLA vs Baylor
Belk: Cinncy vs Duke (Duke qualified for a bowl?!)
Hawaii: Fresno vs SMU
New Orleans: UL-Lafayette vs ECU
Las Vegas: Boise St vs Washington
Beef O Brady's: Ball St vs UCF
Poinsetta SDSU vs BYU
New Mexico: Nevada vs Arizona
Idaho: Toledo vs Utah St
Little Ceasers and Military don't have an announced MAC school yet to play Western Kentucky and SJSU respectively.
The reason you don't see the SEC full of high scoring offenses is because offense doesn't win you National Championships. The SEC has proven time and again that a great defense combined with an offense that doesn't make mistakes, can control the ball, and score just enough points wins the game.
Take a look at Arkansas in years prior to this one ( and even this year somewhat) . They had one of the best offenses in the country, could put up some pretty big numbers against so pretty good teams, but they couldn't get enough stops to beat teams like LSU and Alabama. The best year they had was also the best defense they had under Petrino, and it wasn't that great. Even going back to the Houston Nutt era, his best seasons were those where he had really solid defenses and decent offenses.
The SEC in general worries about defense first and offense second. The side affect to that is alot of skill players go to other conferences like the Pac 12 because its much more wide open.
Early Vegas lines on the Bowls:
Florida (-16.5) Hilarious
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Wisconsin first 5 loss team in the Rose Bowl ever.
This was pointed out by Dan Wetzel on twitter, all this whining by ESPN is bullshit. The reason the rule allowing NIU in exists because the BCS created it to settle an antitrust lawsuit from the lower conferences in order for the corrupt system to continue to exist. ESPN should shut the hell up considering the millions and millions of dollars they make off the BCS every year in tv contracts.
Truthfully, if anyone is to blame, it's Sonny Dykes. He buried his head in the sand when it came to the defense, never once stepping in to make changes when it was blatantly obvious that Tommy Spangler's (their retard DC) shit schemes weren't working. He admittedly only cares about offense. If he had done his full job by ensuring that Tech at least had a defense ranked lower than 90, then his team would likely be undefeated and headed to the Orange Bowl. His inability to field a complete team has hurt their program, and it's hurt his chances at moving up to a bigger program.
I can't believe im saying this, but for all that is good and holy, Alabama better firmly stamp Notre Dame into the dirt. Nothing is worse than having the Irish in the title game.
Great to see Purdue going bowling at least, but......this isnt going to be pretty. Esp with an iterim head coach.
We(Louisiana-Lafayette) had our first ever FBS bowl last year, and we won it. And now we're going to the New Orleans bowl again. for a second straight year. Last year was a damn good game, hopefully it's going be another good game this year.
It's amazing how Coach Hudspeth took a team that was predicted to finish last out of the 120 FBS schools last year and took them to their first bowl victory ever and another bowl game this year.
My Gamecocks going back to the Outback, seems like a 2nd home for us. Lol