Oregon’s streak of four straight BCS bowls came to an end on Sunday, when the Ducks accepted an invitation to play Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl. During the four-year BCS streak, the Ducks competed in the Rose Bowl twice, as well as a Fiesta Bowl and a National Championship.
I think that it’s only fair to address the outcome of Bowl Selection Sunday from two sides. The first is what my father would refer to when I was growing up as “whimper whining.”
Simple math would suggest that the streak should not have ended this year. There are five BCS games in which ten schools have the opportunity to compete. If this were all that you knew about the BCS system, then you would automatically assume that the top 10 teams in the nation would compete in those five BCS games… Right? WRONG!
It turns out that the system has a four-team buffer built in, which allows teams ranked as high as 14 to be selected to play in one of the BCS games. [...]
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