MANDEL JUSTIFIES HIS EXISTENCE: BCS CHANGES EXPLAINED - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - He gets a lot of grief, and probably deserves his share of it, but Stewart Mandel does a nice job today breaking down the major changes to the Bowl Championship Series in its quest to crown a mythical national champion. Most importantly, he begins with the most fundamental and easily-confused (SMQ, too, has struggled to explain this to a perplexed friend) moves:
The key amidst all that: It is not a so-called "plus-one" game. The championship is just set apart from the other four, meaning there are two more teams and one of the games is played a week later.
More from SMQ later on the BCS changes - he even smells an impromptu Blog Poll Roundtable on this underexplored subject, for those willing to participate. Brian? - - - - - Permalink 3:35 PM
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