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The nonpartisan New America Foundation publishes an annual Academic BCS, assessing what the bowl...

The nonpartisan New America Foundation publishes an annual Academic BCS, assessing what the bowl lineup would be if on-field results were blended with classroom performance. This year's Academic BCS, by Maggie Severns, finds that if academics were taken into account, Stanford and Boise State would have met in the BCS title game, with TCU and Ohio State squaring off in the Rose Bowl. By the New America Foundation metrics, Utah, Central Florida, Wisconsin, Alabama, Virginia Tech and Nevada would round out the BCS. Auburn and Oregon would drop out of the BCS and meet in one of the lesser bowls -- perhaps the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl would have been appropriate. Arkansas, Connecticut and Oklahoma would join Auburn and Oregon in dropping out of the BCS.

ESPN: Tuesday Morning Quarterback I'm certainly not advocating that academics comprise a part of the BCS formula, but it's interesting (although not terribly surprising) to note that a No.1-ranked Auburn still loses out to a No.16-ranked Bama.
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