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Barack Obama’s Broken BCS Promises

By Matthew Yglesias on October 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm

"Barack Obama’s Broken BCS Promises"

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College football’s not my favorite thing in the world, but it’s pretty fun. And I definitely liked Barack Obama’s proposal to institute a playoff system instead of the current mess. But nothing’s been done. And I need to read stuff like this:

Even if Boise State finished the regular season with a 12-0 record, it might be passed by one-loss teams such as USC, LSU and Miami.

The Broncos are No. 4 in the BCS standings, but it’s hard to imagine them going any higher because of their future schedule strength (104th, according to the NCAA). They lost 17 points in the coaches’ poll last week, even after winning at Tulsa 28-21.

On the one hand, in the current system you need to take strength of schedule seriously. But on the other hand, no strong teams from major conferences will agree to play Boise State. Why take the risk? And yet, the way the current rules go, Boise State could conceivably go undefeated and not even get to play in any sort of bowl game. It’s a rotten system, and the President should step up to the plate. This isn’t the change we voted for. Plus it would help him make inroads in Idaho!

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