Tuesday, October 19, 2004

BCS rules changed, but not outcome


Miami No.2, not Oklahoma

By Ralph D. Russo
The Associated Press

The new Bowl Championship Series formula is creating the same old confusion.

While Southern California took the top spot in the reworked BCS standings' debut Monday, look who's second: Miami.

The Hurricanes edged Oklahoma, a strong No. 2 behind USC in both The Associated Press Top 25 and the coaches' poll.

Put in place after last season's split national championship, this year's stripped-down BCS formula relies more on the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls. The idea was to ensure that when there is a clear consensus top two in the polls - as USC and Oklahoma have been all season - the BCS standings would reflect it.

Instead, BCS officials again had to do some explaining.

"It's obviously very early. It's important that there not be an overreaction to this poll," BCS coordinator and Big 12 commissioner Kevin Weiberg said, adding that when he saw Miami ahead of Oklahoma, "I was a little surprised, to tell you the truth."

Weiberg noted that the top two teams in the first BCS standings of the season have never played in the system's championship game.

"I've never really understood the BCS process," USC coach Pete Carroll said. "And at first look, this year's updated process confuses me once again. I'm not sure how some of the other teams worked out to being where they are. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me."

The AP and coaches' polls each count for one-third of a team's total score under the new formula. The other third comes from six computer rankings, and that's where Miami made up the difference over the Sooners. The Hurricanes are ranked fourth in the AP media poll and third in the coaches' poll, but have the second-most points in the computer rankings. Oklahoma, the chief beneficiary of the old system last season, came out fifth in the computer rankings.

Last season, USC finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in both polls but third in the BCS standings - knocking it out of the BCS title game.

Oklahoma finished first in the BCS standings despite losing the Big 12 championship game and dropping to third in the major polls. The Sooners were beaten in the Sugar Bowl by LSU, which was voted No. 1 by the coaches. USC finished No. 1 in the AP poll.

Under the new system, LSU and USC would have met in the Sugar Bowl.

USC, No. 1 in each of the major polls all season, has a big lead in the BCS with a score of .9912 out of a possible 1.000. Miami's score is .9187, while Oklahoma's is .9161. Auburn is fourth with .9036. Florida State, with one loss, is fifth, ahead of unbeatens Wisconsin and Utah.

Utah's seventh-place showing is the best in a season's opening BCS standings for a team outside the six major conferences.

The champions from the Atlantic Coast Conference, Big Ten, Big 12, Big East, Pac-10 and Southeastern Conference earn up to six of the eight berths in the four BCS bowls. The other spots go to wild-card teams.

Finishing in the top six in the standings guarantees a BCS bowl bid. A top-12 ranking in the final BCS standings is necessary to be eligible for a wild-card spot.

In the past, results from the AP and coaches polls were averaged, then factored in with other components - a formula that lessened the significance of the polls.

BCS officials scaled down the formula, eliminating bonus points for quality wins and schedule strength, considered redundant because computers and poll voters already take that into account. And the BCS formula now considers the number of votes a team receives in the major polls, not just its ranking.

BCS Standings

Oct. 18, 2004

AP

poll

USAT/

ESPN

CPUBCS total
1. Southern Cal111.9912
2. Miami432.9187
3. Oklahoma225.9161
4. Auburn343.9036
5. Florida St.556.8072
6. Wisconsin678.7255
7. Utah9104.7251
8. California7812.6733
9. Tennessee11137.6331
10. Georgia10614.6090
11. Texas8913.6027
12. Purdue121215.5248
13. Michigan131116.5064
14. Boise St.191610.4309
15. Virginia141517.4101
16. Texas A&M172011.4067
17. Louisvillet151820.3340
18. Arizona St.21239.3250
19. LSU181722.2819
20. West Virginiat1514NR.2748
21. Oklahoma St.222118.2255
22. Florida2019NR.1900
23. Notre Dame242521.1209
24. UAB273219.1192
25. Virginia Tech2322NR.0951
Schedule

Thursday

EAST

Syracuse (3-3) at West Virginia (5-1), 7:30 p.m.

SOUTH

Nrthwstrn St. (5-1) at Nicholls St. (3-3), 8 p.m.

Friday

SOUTH

South Florida (2-3) at Louisville (4-1), 8 p.m.

FAR WEST

Wyoming (4-2) at Colorado St. (2-4), 9:30 p.m.

Saturday

EAST

Temple (1-6) at Connecticut (4-2), Noon

Hofstra (3-3) at New Hampshire (4-2), Noon

Iowa (4-2) at Penn St. (2-4), Noon

Rutgers (4-2) at Pittsburgh (4-2), Noon

Mass. (3-4) at Rhode Island (3-3), Noon

Penn (4-1) at Yale (3-2), Noon

Iona (0-6) at Assumption (0-7), 1 p.m.

Cornell (1-4) at Brown (3-2), 1 p.m.

St. Francis, Pa. (3-4) at Cent. Conn. St. (5-1), 1

Holy Cross (1-5) at Colgate (4-2), 1 p.m.

William & Mary (5-1) at Delaware (5-1), 1 p.m.

Lafayette (5-2) at Fordham (4-2), 1 p.m.

Marist (2-4) at La Salle (3-4), 1 p.m.

Bucknell (3-3) at Lehigh (5-1), 1 p.m.

Georgetown, D.C. (2-4) at Monmouth (6-1), 1

Harvard (5-0) at Princeton (4-1), 1 p.m.

St. Peter's (1-5) at Sacred Heart (3-3), 1 p.m.

Robert Morris (4-3) at Wagner (4-3), 1 p.m.

Dartmouth (0-5) at Columbia (0-5), 1:30 p.m.

Rice (3-3) at Navy (5-1), 1:30 p.m.

Northeastern (3-3) at Maine (3-3), 2 p.m.

Towson (3-3) at Villanova (4-3), 3 p.m.

Albany, N.Y. (2-5) at Stony Brook (2-4), 6 p.m.

SOUTH

Maryland (3-3) at Clemson (2-4), Noon

Florida (4-2) at Mississippi St. (1-5), 12:30 p.m.

Virginia (5-1) at Duke (1-5), 1 p.m.

Jacksonville (2-4) at Morehead St. (3-4), 1 p.m.

Delaware St. (2-5) at Morgan St. (2-5), 1 p.m.

E. Illinois (3-3) at Tenn.-Martin (1-6), 1 p.m.

North Greenville (1-6) at Charleston Southern (3-2), 1:30 p.m.

Hampton (6-1) at S. Carolina St. (5-1), 1:30 p.m.

Georgia Southern (6-1) at The Citadel (1-4), 2

E. Kentucky (3-3) at Vanderbilt (1-5), 2 p.m.

Chattanooga (0-6) at W. Carolina (2-5), 2 p.m.

Kentucky (1-5) at Auburn (7-0), 2:30 p.m.

SE Missouri (1-5) at Murray St. (3-4), 2:30 p.m.

Southern U. (5-2) at Alcorn St. (4-2), 3 p.m.

Wofford (5-1) at Appalachian St. (4-3), 3 p.m.

Savannah St. (1-4) at Florida A&M (2-5), 3 p.m.

UTEP (4-2) at Louisiana Tech (4-3), 3 p.m.

Idaho (2-5) at Middle Tennessee (2-4), 3 p.m.

James Madison (5-1) at Richmond (2-4), 3 p.m.

Alabama (5-2) at Tennessee (5-1), 3:30 p.m.

Samford (2-5) at Tennessee St. (3-3), 3:30 p.m.

UAB (5-1) at Tulane (1-4), 3:30 p.m.

Florida St. (5-1) at Wake Forest (3-3), 3:30 p.m.

La-Monroe (2-4) at Florida Atlantic (5-0), 4 p.m.

Buffalo (1-6) at Marshall (3-3), 4:30 p.m.

Arkansas St. (2-5) at La-Lafayette (3-4), 5 p.m.

Indiana St. (4-3) at W. Kentucky (4-2), 5 p.m.

Furman (5-2) at Elon (2-4), 6 p.m.

McNeese St. (2-4) at Fla. Int. (2-2), 6 p.m.

VMI (0-7) at Gardner-Webb (2-4), 6 p.m.

Howard (4-2) at N. Carolina A&T (2-5), 6:30 p.m.

Liberty (2-4) at Coastal Carolina (5-1), 7 p.m.

East Carolina (1-4) at Southern Miss. (4-1), 7

Jackson St. (1-5) at Grambling St. (3-3), 7:30

Miami (5-0) at N.C. State (4-2), 7:45 p.m.

Troy (3-3) at LSU (4-2), 8 p.m.

Jacksonville St. (6-0) at Tenn. Tech (4-2), 8 p.m.

MIDWEST

Indiana (2-4) at Ohio St. (3-3), Noon

Northwestern (3-3) at Wisconsin (7-0), Noon

Butler (1-6) at Dayton (6-1), 1 p.m.

Austin Peay (0-6) at St. Joseph's, Ind. (4-3), 1

Valparaiso (3-5) at Drake (5-2), 2 p.m.

Nebraska (4-2) at Kansas St. (2-4), 2 p.m.

Illinois (2-5) at Minnesota (5-2), 2 p.m.

Cal Poly-SLO (6-0) at N. Dakota St. (5-2), 2 p.m.

Bowling Green (4-2) at Ohio (3-4), 2 p.m.

Boston College (4-2) at Notre Dame (5-2), 2:30

S. Illinois (6-1) at SW Missouri St. (4-2), 2:30

N. Illinois (5-2) at W. Michigan (1-5), 3 p.m.

Youngstown St. (2-5) at Illinois St. (3-3), 3:30

Oklahoma St. (5-1) at Missouri (4-2), 3:30 p.m.

Michigan (6-1) at Purdue (5-1), 3:30 p.m.

W. Illinois (4-3) at N. Iowa (2-4), 4 p.m.

Ball St. (1-6) at Akron (3-4), 6 p.m.

Memphis (5-1) at Cincinnati (2-4), 7 p.m.

UCF (0-6) at Miami (Ohio) (4-3), 7 p.m.

Cent. Michigan (2-4) at Toledo (5-2), 7 p.m.

SOUTHWEST

Kansas (3-3) at Oklahoma (6-0), 1 p.m.

Colorado (4-2) at Texas A&M (5-1), 1:30 p.m.

N. Colorado (1-6) at Sam Houston St. (5-1), 2

Iowa St. (2-4) at Baylor (2-4), 3 p.m.

Lincoln, Mo. (0-6) at Prairie View (2-4), 4 p.m.

MVSU (1-6) at Texas Southern (0-7), 5 p.m.

Georgia (5-1) at Arkansas (3-3), 7 p.m.

New Mexico St. (2-4) at North Texas (2-4), 7 p.m.

Houston (1-5) at TCU (3-3), 7 p.m.

Stephen F.Austin (5-1) at Texas State (2-4), 7

Texas (5-1) at Texas Tech (4-2), 7 p.m.

FAR WEST

BYU (3-4) at Air Force (3-3), 3 p.m.

S. Dakota St. (4-2) at Montana St. (4-2), 3 p.m.

E. Washington (4-3) at Weber St. (0-7), 3 p.m.

UCLA (4-2) at Arizona St. (5-1), 3:30 p.m.

Washington St. (3-3) at Oregon St. (2-4), 4 p.m.

Sacramento St. (2-4) at Idaho St. (1-5), 5 p.m.

Oregon (3-3) at Stanford (4-2), 5 p.m.

Portland St. (3-3) at N. Arizona (3-3), 6:30 p.m.

San Diego St. (2-4) at New Mexico (3-4), 6:30

Washington (1-5) at Southern Cal (6-0), 6:30

California (4-1) at Arizona (1-5), 7 p.m.

UNLV (2-5) at Utah (6-0), 7 p.m.

UC Davis (5-1) at S. Utah (2-4), 8 p.m.

Tulsa (1-5) at Nevada (3-4), 9 p.m.

Davidson (2-4) at San Diego (3-4), 10 p.m.

Fresno St. (3-2) at Boise St. (6-0), 10:15 p.m.

San Jose St. (2-3) at Hawaii (2-3), 12:05 a.m.




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