http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/columns/story?id=1814421 Ivan Maisel calls it "jealousy", which I think is off base. It's all about fairness: why should the other three bowls possibly get stuck with, say, an Oklahoma versus East Carolina BCS game--especially if said lopsided, blowout-guaranteed game is followed a week later by the National Championship game--while the Rose Bowl gets a free pass? Anyway, just to revive the current BCS 2004 issue: as it currently stands, 2004 BCS determinations are based on (a) the AP, (b) the coach's poll and (possibly) (c) a cumulative computer ranking. If (a) and (b) are in agreement on the #1 and #2 teams after the conference championship games yet (c) is not, then (c) is ignored alltogether. Here's a simple yet highly unlikely scenario (I'm sure we could think of others as well) for this upcoming season that could see a 12-0 LSU team left out of the Orange Bowl mix: First, it's a given that LSU will not be one of the top two teams in the preseason polls that count; for grins, let's say it's Oklahoma and USC as the top two teams. All three run the table. In USC's case, that's almost a given. Oklahoma would have a tougher time of it while LSU would have to pull off a feat even more impressive than last year's 12-1 pre-Bowl run. Anyways, all 3 run the table. Since there would be zero chance of LSU passing USC in either poll, what about Oklahoma? Well, I suggest that LSU doesn't jump the Sooners, either, and seriously why should they? The Big XII is a very good conference and an undefeated Oklahoma would have wins over at least two (and possibly 3) top 10 teams at the time that they play those teams (if you don't think Nebraska can be a top 10 team at season's end, you haven't looked at their schedule yet). Sure, LSU could pass one of those two teams in the computer polling (likely USC, since some computer polls will still use strength of schedule), but this would be tossed out since they'd be #3 in both human polls. There you have it: the defending national champ wins the SEC in consecutive years, goes undefeated with it's biggest and hardest wins ALL on the road against at least Top 15 teams (Florida, Georgia, Auburn)...and STILL ends up in the Sugar Bowl with zero chance of winning the title. Insanity, sure, but it's been the norm in Div 1-A forever and a day. Just ask Joe Paterno, for example, and the kids he had on those 1968-1969, 22-0, ZERO National Titles during that time Penn State teams.