The problem with having a tournament with undeafeted teams is that everybody would schedule the easiest schedule possible. The real change they should do is stop ranking teams in the pre-season. They should wait until a few games have been played. CAL dominated almost all the games they won this year. Look at the margin of victory. You're mentioning that PAc-10 conference wasn't very good, but the SEC wasn't the most dominant conference either. The only game CAL lost was to the top ranked team in the country, on that team's field, and easily could have won that game too. CAL was ROBBED. They should be playing in the Rose bowl. They were ahead of Texas last week, and won their game while Texas did not play. CAL chose not to run up the score or plead for extra votes, and they got punished for that. I don't think Auburn got robbed in the sense that it was no. 3 in both polls. Look at last year, where USC was no. 1 in both polls, and still wasn't in the championship game.
Let us just see the outcome in 4 weeks, then we can all decide if USC deserves to be there, if Oklahoma looses, then all was correct in the computers etc....but, if on the other hand Oklahoma beats them handily, then I believe the flaws in the system will reveal themselves. But really, did not the BCS promise the people the system would work to give the people the best match-ups in the major bowls, then you have a pact putting Pitt and Michigan in the bowls, if they can make a rule up to satisfy last years f**k up by placing Oklahoma in the game (if the team does not win their respective championship, they do not play for the BCS championship), then shouldn't they also protect the teams like Cal etc, and charge that if a team is not ranked in the Top-10, i.e. Michigan (13) and Pitt (21), then the spots should be validated to a higher ranked team to insure the integrity of the bowl system. I agree with the assesment of waiting and seeing, there should not be any preseason polls that carry any wait, until conference play opens, team rankings should be held in confidence, or not taken at all, and get the coaches poll out, it has a flawed system of favoritism...point in case, it has been very strongly considered that USC won a coaches poll fav because of sentiment towards last years screw up, and I think they should have been playing for the spot last year...there needs to be another system...aha...PLAYOFF...match 1-4 and 2-3, and the winners play, how much money in advertising would that make...then there also would be only one winner. ESPN Headline Cheers And Jeers The BCS once again provided fuel for its critics' fire, writes Ivan Maisel. Just ask angry Cal. USC and Oklahoma can cheer their Orange Bowl berths, but Auburn got shafted.Auburn Shafted