The overall Bowl Championship Series picture for 2010 didn’t turn out quite the way people thought it would, but it never really does. However, the BCS Championship Game in Pasadena turned out exactly as everyone knew it would — even those hoping for it to turn out differently. By 8:30 p.m. EST, after Fox aired the BCS Bowl Selection, the schedule was set. All that remained was the month-long wait before any of the BCS games would be played.
The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) consists of five football games, four major bowls: the Fiesta Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Sugar Bowl, and the Rose Bowl; and the BCS National Championship Game, which is played between the #1 and #2 ranked college football teams according to the BCS Standings.
What may have come as a surprise to some was the ranking of Cincinnati at #3. Although some believed that Cincinnati would vault over TCU in the rankings because the Horned Frogs were idle the last week of regular season play, some believed they might do it because of the strength of the Big East Conference. Whatever the reason, they did jump TCU. However, Boise State, who devastated their opponent Saturday, was not accorded the same respect and remained behind TCU. In fact Boise State remained at the #6 rank they’ve been at for weeks, even seeing the once #1 Florida Gators placed before them in the BCS Standings.
Of course, Alabama moved into the #1 position in the BCS Standings after soundly defeating Florida in the SEC Championship Game Saturday. Texas won the Big 12 Championship Game and advanced to the #2 slot. Cincinnati came back from a 21-point deficit to win the Big East championship and place at #3. TCU remained at the #4 position. Florida fell to #5 after their aforementioned loss to Alabama. Boise State suffered the disrespect of having their third straight undefeated regular season ignored and remained static at #6. The last four positions went to Oregon, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, and Iowa.
With the schedule set, the BCS Series could produce three undefeated teams. Of the five undefeated teams in the Bowl Championship Series, two sets of unbeatens play each other. The odd unbeaten, Cincinnati, will play Florida in the Sugar Bowl. Of course, if Cincinnati should lose, there will remain only two undefeated teams.
And if there were a playoff system in place, those two would play each other and decide a national champion. As it now stands, however, the BCS Championship Game will produce the #1 team in the country and a national champion. The Fiesta Bowl will also produce an undefeated team and, if there is any justice should Cincinnati lose, will become the #2 team in the nation (but not in the BCS, because their standings are produced just for the BCS games) in all the polls. However, there is little doubt that, should Florida defeat Cincinnati, they will be ranked just behind Alabama, regardless whether or not Alabama wins.
Bowl Championship Series 2010 Schedule
Friday, January 1, 2010 — Rose Bowl presented by Citi: #7 Oregon vs. #8 Ohio State
Friday, January 1, 2010 — Allstate Sugar Bowl: #5 Florida vs. #3 Cincinnati
Monday, January 4, 2010 — Tostitos Fiesta Bowl: #6 Boise State vs. #4 TCU
Tuesday, January 5, 2010 — FedEx Orange Bowl: #10 Iowa vs. #9 Georgia Tech
Thursday, January 7, 2010 — Citi BCS National Championship: #2 Texas vs. #1 Alabama