Only a few weeks remain in the college football regular season, and the race for the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena couldn't be any closer.
Though both SEC powers Alabama and Florida received the same number of votes for the top spot, the Crimson Tide edged the Gators in points to retain the No. 1 spot for the second consecutive week.
Texas and TCU, both receiving No. 1 votes, come in at No. 3 and No. 4, and Big East defending champion Cincinnati rounds out the top five.
With the possibility of six teams finishing the regular season undefeated, the BCS is sure to be interesting down the stretch.
But should there be six undefeated teams at the end of the regular season, there will be a strong debate about who actually deserves to play in the title game.
And rightfully so.
The BCS system, designed only to match the top two teams in the country to play for the championship, is flawed in many ways. The biggest problem is that two-thirds of the equation for who plays in the big game is based on the USA Today Coaches' Poll and the Harris Interactive Poll.
Both polls rely on the assumption that the voting members are knowledgeable of the teams they rank and that the rankings are based on this season's performance only. Yet both polls are voted on by members who have a vested interest in voting with an agenda.
The coaches who votes in the coaches' poll will most certainly give more support to their own team and the teams in their conference. The Harris Poll is much the same, only it is former coaches and players who share the same allegiances.
The third component in the equation is the computer polls, which supposedly are meant to take the human element out of the vote. Yet even these rankings are all over the place when you look at the eight or 10 "computers" adding their input.
In a year where the argument could be made that there are no truly great teams, but instead a handful of very good teams that would all be capable of beating the others on any given day, the BCS formula looks about as ridiculous as could be.
College football is the only major sport that doesn't have a playoff, and it is starting to hurt the sport.
Fan support for a playoff system is through the roof, and I'm sure the players would love to settle it on the field. But the fans have no voice, and the players are handcuffed to a system that doesn't allow a true champion to be crowned at the end of the season.
Change is needed, and this season's finish could serve as a catalyst for that change. Unfortunately, that change will only come if a Texas or a Florida or an Alabama is left out.
So sorry TCU, Cincinnati, and Boise State...going undefeated means nothing for you. You won't even get the opportunity to prove yourselves.
You will get the obligatory "BCS" nod in the Rose, Sugar, Fiesta, or Orange Bowl (maybe, if a two-loss team with a bigger fanbase isn't available), and that is that.
You're just happy with the invite, right?
I didn't think so.
The conference breakdown for Week 12 is as follows: Big Ten (4), Pac-10 (4), SEC (4), ACC (3), Big East (3), Mountain West (3), Big XII (2), Conference USA (1), WAC (1).
1. Alabama (8) 530
2. Florida (8) 521
3. Texas (3) 517
4. TCU (3) 495
5. Cincinnati 458
6. Georgia Tech 418
7. Boise State 417
8. Pitt 382
9. Ohio State 357
10. Oregon 349
11. LSU 337
12. Oklahoma State 271
13. Iowa 258
14. Penn State 250
15. Wisconsin 217
16. Stanford 215
17. Virginia Tech 166
18. Clemson 163
19. BYU 133
20. Oregon State 112
21. Utah 108
22. Miami 101
23. USC 80
24. Houston 58
25. Ole Miss 42
Others Receiving Votes: Rutgers 37, North Carolina 36, Idaho 21, Navy 20, Nebraska 19, Cal 14, Arizona 12, Northwestern 8, Nevada 7, West Virginia 3, Central Michigan 2, Georgia 1, Texas Tech 1, Temple 1
To see how each pollster voted, click here .
Bleacher Creature Pollsters: BabyTate, Brad Vipperman, Bret Feddern, Caleb M, Jameson Fleming, Joel Barker, Joseph Morgan, Justin Potts, Kevin McGrady, Kristofer Green, Mark Welling, Michael Collins, Michael Oleszek, Michael Shibley, Misthaufen, Mitchell Morse, Rick McMahan, Ron Clements, Ryan Jelley, Sportscaster007, Timothy Croley, Tyler Stimson.
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