BCS Rankings: Was TCU Left out of Top 25 on Purpose?

So, the BCS rankings came out again today.  No one was too surprised that Alabama didn’t fall behind Boise State.  Most fans probably knew that would be the case. 

However, there was something curious on the other end of the rankings. 

Baylor, now 5-3 on the year, is ranked No. 25 in the BCS. 

This despite the fact that it is not ranked in the Harris Poll or the USA Today Coaches Poll, which are two of the the three methods used to calculate the BCS.  In fact, they are two-thirds of the numbers used for the BCS formula. 

TCU is currently 7-2 and ranked No. 24 in the USA Today rankings and No. 25 in the Harris Poll.  Yes, the Horned Frogs lost to Baylor, but Baylor is now, as I have mentioned, 5-3 and not ranked in two of the three calculation methods.

Despite these numbers, TCU is absent from the BCS Top 25, and Baylor sits at No. 25.  I am curious to how this is possible. 

I have never been one for conspiracy theories, but after watching all the talking heads on television tonight explaining to people how they should vote on their coaches poll ballot, you have to wonder.

If you saw the BCS countdown show, you know what I am talking about. 

Some might say, why would it matter?  So what if TCU is not a Top 25 team? 

Well, I will tell you why it matters: perception.

There has already been a huge bill of goods sold to the public about Boise State’s “strength of schedule” being so horrible.  However, the truth is its schedule has been pretty decent this year. 

In fact, the Broncos have played a schedule more challenging than Stanford has.  Yet, when was the last time anyone said Stanford couldn’t play for it all because of its “body of work”? 

TCU comes into Boise this week for a Mountain West showdown.  It will be a contest of two ranked teams, but only one of them in the BCS. 

No. 5, No. 5 and No. 5 Boise state versus No. 25, No. 24, and NR TCU.  In case you were not paying attention, that is the Harris Poll, USA Today Poll and BCS rankings.

Like I said, I sure would like someone to explain to me how 66 percent beats 33 percent.  They tell us that these human polls are two-thirds of the calculation, but I must be missing something.  

Can any of you math majors help out?   

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