New BCS Formula to Be Unveiled Thursday

July 14, 2004

DALLAS (AP) - The leaders of the Bowl Championship Series will introduce anew formula Thursday, one they hope will be less complex, more definitive andwill decrease the controversy that has surrounded the championship game inthree of the last four seasons.

The new formula is expected to include only results from The AssociatedPress' media poll, the coaches' poll and the computer rankings, whileeliminating the other factors, like bonus points for quality wins and strengthof schedule.

The BCS was criticized last season when LSU and Southern California finishedas co-champs, with LSU winning the BCS and USC winning the AP national title.

USC was ranked first in both human polls at the end of the regular season,but third in the BCS standings. That left LSU and Oklahoma playing for the BCStitle. The coaches were required to vote LSU No. 1 after it won the Sugar Bowl,while USC held on to its top spot in the final AP poll after beating Michiganin the Rose Bowl.

That was the third time in four seasons in which at least one team got leftout of the BCS championship with a legitimate argument that it belonged.

The new formula will take effect this season. Also this offseason, BCSofficials decided to add a fifth game to the mix, although that change won'ttake place until the 2006 season.

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