You know, today Tony Barnhart indulges in the kind of reasoning that makes you understand why so many people are playoff proponents.
… Texas beat Oklahoma on a neutral field and that should stand for something. So here is the answer. The Associated Press media poll finished 1) Florida, 2) Oklahoma, 3) Texas. The 65 voters in the AP poll are not bound by the BCS championship results. If Oklahoma beats Florida for the BCS title, the AP championship should go to Texas. There is nothing wrong with a split national championship. Southern Cal was No. 1 in both human polls in 2003 and did not get into the big game. The AP poll gave the Trojans their championship. That would be the right thing to do here.
No, it wouldn’t. #1 plays and beats #2 and winds up behind #3? Why bother to play the games at all, Tony – let’s just go ahead and give both schools MNC trophies and be done with it. Give the Gators one, too; if Florida and Texas both win their bowl games, heck, both of ’em beat Oklahoma, so they should tie anyway.
This isn’t what the polls are for.
Besides, Barnhart leaves out one little detail in his argument for 2003 as precedent. Going in to the bowl games, Southern Cal was ranked ahead of LSU in the AP, so that when both schools won, the AP was preserving the order of the teams. Barnhart is arguing for something very different here when he proposes that the voters jump Texas over Oklahoma if both win.
Granted, the AP doesn’t count for anything in terms of how the BCS is structured these days. But I can’t think of a faster way to destroy its credibility, whatever that might be, by having an agenda.