I just want to take a second to vent about something that irritates me to no end about college football. Unranked Houston just soundly beat #5 Oklahoma State, and yet OSU is still ranked higher than Houston in the AP poll. Granted OSU is going to win that game 9 out of 10 times, but the ranking isn’t about what you think should have happened, it’s about what did happen. The ranking guidelines instruct voters to vote based exclusively on performance, not on reputation, speculation, or bias. Nobody goes to the Super Bowl because they lost a playoff game they should have won.
Someone else has Ohio State (who lost to the # 3 team) ranked ahead of BYU, who beat the then third ranked team in their first game. Their rationale:
Should the Cougars be given full and total credit for beating Oklahoma without Sam Bradford for a half?
The answer, for anyone who watched the game, is yes! The score was 7 – 7 when Bradford went out, and the only reason OU had 7 was because they recovered a dropped punt in the red zone. OU lost that game because their OL was undisciplined and because BYU’s defense outplayed them, not because Bradford was out. People have no business controlling bowl games that are worth literal millions to the schools who play in them if they don’t even watch the games.
The reason this is so messed up? The teams who signed on for BCS games are worth more money to ESPN and to college football than teams that didn’t have the chance (like Houston and BYU). They get better time slots on TV and they get the money that bowl games rake in, so they get the benefit of the doubt. What a sickening lesson to be teaching young college athletes. It’s no wonder people like TO throw a hissy fit over not getting an extra couple million a year.