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A case for cheating

Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:02 am
Edited on: November 23, 2009 12:11 pm
A reader passed along some good points. At least they seemed reasonable at the time ...

It's the best interests of Oklahoma, New Mexico and Nevada this week to lose showdown games.

--An OU loss to Oklahoma State all but clinches a BCS berth for the Cowboys.

--New Mexico should lose to TCU to make sure it shares in the $19 million booty TCU and the Mountain West will collect for playing in a BCS bowl.

--The same for Nevada against Boise State.

The reader was missing one thing: That thing beating inside of every player. Imagine telling any Auburn Tiger that would be best for the school if they lost to Alabama this week. Although the Bedlam Series looks more like Bedtime this year, you better believe Oklahoma will want to kill the Cowboys.

The reader said the BCS incentivizes (if that's a word) "cheating". The BCS is a lot of things but it's not a stage for cheating.


Since: Nov 27, 2009
Posted on: November 27, 2009 1:32 am

A case for cheating

A few things I disagree with:

An OU loss to Oklahoma St. does NOT clinch a BCS for the Cowboys.  Of the four at-large bids, loser of Alabama/Florida will probably get one and TCU will almost certainly lock up another spot.  An upset in the Big 12 Championship Game could also drop Texas to an at-large, and teams like Boise St., Cincinnati (if they lose to Pittsburgh), Iowa, and Penn St. also figure to be in the mix.

Also, Oklahoma has a lot to lose if they don't win the game.  In a down year, it's crucial for them to finish the season strong by beating Oklahom St. and their bowl game - it would help their recruiting for their future and cool the hot seat just a little.  You always play to win; when you have a top program, every game counts.

As for New Mexico, they won't have to try to lose.  New Mexico is 1-10; TCU is undefeated.  This game is being played at TCU.  This figures to be even less competitive than the typical patsy home game that SEC teams always seem to schedule against Division FCS opponents.  TCU rolls and makes their case for their championship game - which will be denied them thanks to the corrupt BCS system.

Nevada will get killed on the blue carpet so this is also a non-issue.

And as for Auburn-Alabama - are you kidding me?  Of course every Auburn player, coach, and fan will be out for blood.

Since: Oct 5, 2008
Posted on: November 24, 2009 5:36 pm

A case for cheating

Dennis, you're missing the point.  Of course the players on the field will want to win for their schools but there is no denying that a loss would be in the best financial interest of their institution.  Call it what you want but in the BCS world it is sometimes better, at least from some people's perspective, for a school to lose a game than to win it.  Stop being a BCS apologist. It's an undefendable system.

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Since: Oct 2, 2008
Posted on: November 23, 2009 11:57 am

A case for Proof Reading

I hope you meant Nevada vs. BSU. I guess we know how much you like the Broncos.

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