Even after dumping 53 points on the formerly 20th-ranked Washington Huskies, Arizona State is still not ranked in the Top 25.
They do have the most votes for a non ranked team in the AP poll, with 108 while #25 Nebraska has 117 and #24 Michigan has 169.
Basically the voters say that even after dominating then 20th-ranked Washington, the Sun Devils are not better than the Corn Huskers.
Why is that?
Even when looked closely, it doesn’t make much sense. Nebraska dominates teams like Arizona State does but their strength of schedule is very weak compared to ASU. They beat Wyoming, Southern Miss, South Dakota State, Illinois and Purdue. The lone ranked team they faced was then 16th-ranked UCLA and they lost to them at home.
ASU meanwhile, beat a pair of 20th-ranked teams in Wisconsin and Washington and scored 62 points on USC in a game that got the Trojan head coach fired.
The Sun Devils score an average of 45.4 points per game on Wisconsin, Notre Dame and the Pac-12 while Nebraska scores an average of 42.7 points per game on college football’s choir boys.
To have Nebraska siting at 25th in the AP poll, 24th in the BCS standings and 21st in the coaches poll while not having ASU in any of the polls is not right at all.
Especially when most of the national media has considered the PAC-12 to be the second best conference in college football while the Big-10 with 12 teams (14 next year) is considered to be the fifth best conference.
Speaking of injustice, what is Oregon State doing in the BCS standings over Arizona State? Sure the Beavers have the best passing attack in the country, but they haven’t played anyone. Their FBS opponents are a combined 15-25 and they lost to FCS Eastern Washington to start the season.
And this whole time I thought computers and strength of schedule went a long way in the BCS. Apparently it doesn’t.
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