In a necessary distraction from the train wreck of national, statewide, regional and local political campaigns the first official numbers ranking the top college football teams were released Tuesday and much to the surprise of no one anywhere, the flawed results were immediately successful in creating intrepid convolution and general malaise. As a general bias does not exist due to the correlation of television money generated and the prevalence of dedicated audiences on the Eastern seaboard, middle America, and the Southeast, the nation was shocked to witness the selection committee’s inclusion of two SEC teams, including a one-loss Texas A & M squad and the most obvious and inexplicable absence of an undefeated Washington team. Apparently, UW’s middling strength of schedule or “SOS” is the sole reason the club was leapfrogged by the proud Aggies. Here are the rankings according to Fox Sports–
- Texas A & M
Out of the top 15 rankings, there are 5 schools each from the Big-10 and the SEC. While the obvious math clearly supports the premise of a plausible conspiracy, the initial BCS rankings will fuel an interesting and apolitical uncivilized debate as the gloves will come off the phony handles on multiple social media accounts, as fan bases trade insults and illogical tirades, blow by blow.
On a side not to the dubious and unscientific method of conjuring a playoff infrastructure, former Stanford, Notre Dame and Washington coach Tyrone Willingham is a prevalent member of the selection committee, due in large part to the bureaucratic construct of the NCAA. Willingham is well-known for running a proud Washington program into the ground and put the program into a nuclear Winter cascading downward cycle with an 0-12 season in 2008. The slight of Washington as the current beleaguered step-childhood on the outside of the playoff picture and looking in, could quite possibly be a campaign of vengeance orchestrated masterfully by Willingham as a retort to his mid-season termination from the UW campus 8 years ago.
Conspiracy theories aside, either candidate in the race for the White House has yet to make a public statement on the initial BCS rankings of 2016.