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How to Judge the BCS

I know the end of the BCS is coming, and that we're not even eligible for it anyway. But as a change of pace and topic, I figured what the hell. There's a lot of talk right now about Kansas State, Oregon and Notre Dame and how they should be ranked. Because of this debate, the BCS and other polls are coming under criticism and proponents of Notre Dame are claiming injustice.

Here's my complaint about those attacking the BCS right now (which by the way, I'm no fan of). The BCS isn't meant to be a mid-season gauge. It's not meant to tell you on any given week who the best in the country is. Its only purpose is to predict which two teams are the best in the country and deserve to play in the national championship game. And in order to achieve that goal, it needs an entire season. Not 7 weeks. Not 10 weeks.

The problem is people currently railing against the system are using the current rankings to predict its final rankings. That's a bit unfair, largely because a lot can happen in the remaining weeks of the season. I'm still fairly confident that at least one of the undefeated teams will lose. If that's the case, this debate largely becomes a moo point. I get that talk shows and blogs need something to discuss and because Notre Dame gets to play the victim, it brings a lot of attention on either side of the debate and that's good for ratings. I'm just pointing out that the argument as it stands right now is completely pointless.

And as an aside, I do find it a bit satisfying that Notre Dame is getting a taste of what practically every other school that isn't a storied program has had to do to come to prominence. The doubt, based on years of mediocrity and disappointment, has lost Notre Dame the benefit of the doubt. Many programs throughout the past decade have not had the benefit of the doubt and felt victimized (namely Boise State which I've never been a big supporter of). For Notre Dame supporters to resort to the same arguments made by Boise State supporters for the past several years (which didn't change anything) is a bit of sweet irony.

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