Blah. ESPN's Ted Miller who covers the Pac-10, includes us in his list of the BCS' Top 10 Slights in its ten year history.
Who could forget the infamous 2004 BCS Snub? Although most Cal fans would want to.
"5. Texas politickin': Brown lobbies for poll promotion over California
We're a country divided into red states and blue states, so why shouldn't that carry over to college football? In 2004, Texas coach Mack Brown kissed babies, shook hands and openly pleaded for pollsters to promote his Longhorns (AP No. 6, ESPN/USA Today No. 5) past California (AP No. 4, ESPN/USA Today No. 4). When the Bears won "only" 26-16 in their season-finale at Southern Miss, Brown got enough superdelegate switches to swipe Cal's Rose Bowl berth. The postscript? Texas quarterback Vince Young then posted the first of two BCS bowl performances for the ages, in a dramatic Rose Bowl win over Michigan, and the despondent, injury-riddled Bears laid an egg in an embarrassing Holiday Bowl loss to Texas Tech."
Miller's recap only tells part of the story. He must have a bit rushed to mention that Cal had posted a 10-1 regular season record with its only loss being a 23-17 nail biting loss to the the eventual National Champions USC, AT the Coliseum. Texas on the other hand, had been blown out at home by the Oklahoma Sooners, who would subsequently get crushed by the Trojans in the National Championship game.
But as Miller mentioned, Brown worked his mojo, and the Bears watched their best chance at making the Rose Bowl in over 50 years swirl down the proverbial BCS crapper.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Posted by Bear with Fangs at 12:01 AM