Bowl Championship Series

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Crimson Tide Shuts Out Tigers

Alabama defense secures 21-0 BCS win

(Newser) - One of the best defenses in college football history kept the Louisiana State Tigers at bay last night as the Alabama Crimson Tide won the Bowl Championship Series title 21-0. Alabama held LSA to five first downs and 92 yards of offense, with LSU's offense finding its way into... More »

Auburn Beats Oregon to Win BCS Championship

Auburn wins 22-19 after Byrum field goal in closing seconds

(Newser) - Wes Byrum kicked a 19-yard field goal as time expired and No. 1 Auburn beat No. 2 Oregon 22-19 to win the BCS national championship Monday night. Oregon had tied it at 19 with 2:33 left when Darron Thomas connected with Jeff Maehl on a tying 2-point conversion after... More »

96 Teams Is 31 Too Many ...or Not Enough

Or maybe the men's NCAA tournament field should include all 347 teams

(Newser) - The NCAA's interest in expanding the men's basketball tournament from 65 teams to 96 has met with almost universal scorn, but the bottom line will clearly dictate the path the all-American rite of spring takes. For some, even 96 teams isn't enough. "It's going to make putting a bracket... More »

Justice Dept. Looking at Legality of BCS System

Feds reviewing request by Orrin Hatch for antitrust inquiry

(Newser) - Trouble for the BCS? The Justice Department says it's considering opening an investigation into the legality of college football's system of picking a champion. In a letter to Sen. Orrin Hatch—he hates the BCS because he says it gives an unfair advantage, and thus a ton of money, to... More »

Best, Worst of Bowl Season

Watch title game, skip Little Caesars (except the pizza)

(Newser) - With college football bowl season set to begin today, Dennis Dodd tells you which of the 34 are appointment viewing, and which you should avoid at all costs. The top three:
  • BCS title game—Alabama vs. Texas (Jan. 7, ABC): Storied traditions, a Heisman winner … and coaches with combined
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Why Congress Can Boss Big-Time Sports Around

BCS playoff bill the latest in a long line of similar measures

(Newser) - A House subcommittee ushered through a bill that would keep the BCS from billing its title game as the “national championship,” unless the NCAA institutes a playoff system. Where does Congress get off telling college administrators what to do? Well, sports are considered interstate commerce, according to the... More »

Good-Guy Hancock Tasked With Defending Bad BCS

Fighting the rising cry for playoffs is one of sport's worst jobs

(Newser) - Bill Hancock is one of the best-liked people in the sporting world, but he's been tasked with defending one of its most-hated systems, writes Sean Gregory. Hancock, a former director of the Final Four, has been appointed as the first permanent director of the Bowl Championship Series. That makes him... More »

Her Math Puts BCS Formula to Shame

22-year-old's algorithm is 70% accurate; college football's best hits just 56.6%

(Newser) - The ranking system that determines who plays for college football’s national championship is derided nearly universally, not to mention annually, and though this year’s first set of Bowl Championship Series standings don’t come out until Oct. 18, the detractors might have a new champion: a 22-year-old undergrad... More »

NCAA President Myles Brand, 67, Dies of Cancer

Philosophy professor led sports powerhouse after firing Bob Knight at Indiana U.

(Newser) - Myles Brand, the first academic in 50 years to head the National Collegiate Athletic Association and perhaps best known as the man who, as president of Indiana University, fired legendary basketball coach Bob Knight, died today of pancreatic cancer; he was 67, the New York Times reports. The former philosophy... More »

Playoff Would Kill College Bowl Games: BCS Chief

Fans, pols seem ready to make the change anyway

(Newser) - The coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series told Congress today that a switch to a playoff system would threaten even the most celebrated college football bowl games, the AP reports. Advertising dollars would switch to playoffs, said John Swofford, “meaning that it will be very difficult for any bowl,... More »

Bowl System May Violate Federal Law

Congress explores launching antitrust probe, backing playoff

(Newser) - A Congressional resolution could have the Justice Department looking into whether the college football bowl system is illegal, the AP reports. The authors of the resolution say  the system restricts trade because only the biggest schools seem to have a shot at being voted into the championship game. A look... More »

Kansas Wins Orange Bowl

Jayhawks prove they belong in BCS game by holding off Virginia Tech

(Newser) - The Kansas Jayhawks proved they belonged in a BCS Bowl game Thursday by beating No. 3 Virginia Tech 24-21 in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Kansas City Star reports. “They gotta say we’ve played somebody now!” Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib chanted as the No. 8 team celebrated... More »

Texas Tech Wins Gator Bowl

(Newser) - The Red Raiders rallied from a 28-14 fourth-quarter deficit to beat Virginia 31-28 in the Gator Bowl today, the AP reports. The comeback was capped by Alex Trlica's game-winning 41-yard field goal with 7 seconds left on the clock. QB Graham Harrell broke multiple Gator Bowl records with his 407-yard,... More »

Vols Edge Out Badgers in Outback Bowl

Beat Wisconsin 21-17

(Newser) - A big first half proved decisive for Tennessee today, as the Vols bested Wisconsin 21-17 in the Outback Bowl, the Tennessean reports. Though UT was kept off the scoreboard in the second half, they likewise held the Badgers to a mere three points. With the win came redemption for a... More »

Carr Ends Career on Top as Michigan Bests Florida

Coach calls victory 'extremely meaningful'

(Newser) - In the final game for the Wolverines' celebrated head coach Lloyd Carr, Michigan won its first bowl game in five years, beating the ninth-ranked Gators 42-35 in today's Capital One Bowl, the Detroit News reports. Wolverines' QB Chad Henne had 373 yards and three touchdown passes, and Mike Hart had... More »

Longhorns Gore Sun Devils

Texas opens up playbook to trounce Arizona State

(Newser) - Despite some truly bizarre play, No.19 Texas had little difficulty dispatching No.11 ASU in the Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, 52-34, the Dallas Morning News reports. The play which will make all the highlight reels didn't even involve a player—Texas coach Mack Brown's stepson interfered with a ball... More »

E. Carolina Wins Hawaii Bowl

Last second field goal carries the day

(Newser) - Despite a late Boise State comeback in the final minutes of regulation, East Carolina and MVP Chris Johnson are Hawaii bowl champions, the AP reports. A field goal at the end of regulation gave the Pirates a 41-38 victory over the favorites 24th-ranked Boise State. The victory is East Carolina's... More »

Football Rivals Still Fighting the Civil War

Kansas, Missouri Hold Grudges 150 Years Later

(Newser) - Kansas and Missouri play a huge football game today, one that could decide the national champion, and fans on both sides will be fighting a battle that goes back to the Civil War. Look no further than Kansas' nickname, the Jayhawks, which comes from abolitionist guerrillas who killed and raped... More »

Illinois Stuns #1 Ohio State

Illini pull off shocking 28-21 win and throw BCS race into turmoil

(Newser) - Illinois went into Ohio Stadium today and stunned the #1 Ohio State Buckeyes 28-21, throwing yet another wrench into a national championship race that has featured one upset after another this season. The Illini rode the arm and legs of sophomore quarterback Juice Williams, as he threw 4 TD passes... More »

LSU Gets Payback, Wins Nailbiter

Tigers spoil Saban's attempt to beat the team he used to coach

(Newser) - It took yet another thriller, but LSU came out on top of an electric back and forth battle to hand Alabama a 41-34 defeat yesterday, and stick it to former coach Nick Saban in the bargain. Louisiana State squandered an early 17-3 lead, only to surge to victory with two... More »

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