Sunday, August 23, 2009

BCS Weekly News Roundup (Aug. 23)

ASSOCIATED PRESS PRESEASON TOP 25 (CBS Sports, Aug. 23) - Florida received an unprecedented 58 of 60 first-place votes and was two points short of being the consensus preseason No. 1.

MOUNTAIN WEST URGES BCS ACTION (Denver Post, Aug. 21) - Mountain West Conference commissioner Craig Thompson reiterated his cause to change the selection process for the BCS bowl games to include qualified teams from all conferences. Earlier this year, Thompson presented a proposal to the BCS committee that was turned down. "We've talked all we can," Thompson said.

GATOR BOWL DROPS BIG EAST, GOES FOR BIG TEN (Florida Times-Union, Aug. 19) - The Gator Bowl and the Big East Conference have parted ways after 14 years, clearing the way for new conference affiliations in Jacksonville's New Year's Day bowl that will include some combination of the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and the Big Ten.

SEC'S JOKE OF A CUPCAKE SCHEDULE (Birmingham News, Aug. 17) - When the SEC schedules non-conference games, it's a joke. It's ought to be embarrassing. This is the best conference in the nation, a league that wants for nothing, a league with not only record attendance but a record TV deal. But this non-conference schedule, ugghhh, it's awful.

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