New York Kansas State athletic director John Currie wishes the Bowl Championship Series would pick a philosophy and stick with it.
The Wildcats didn't earn a berth in the most lucrative bowls even though they ranked three and five spots better, respectively, in the BCS standings than two at-large teams, Virginia Tech and Michigan. Currie doesn't mind the idea of bowls choosing schools based on criteria other than the standings— except for the fact that the squads in the title game are selected purely by ranking.
"If we're going to have other games that are defined as the best because they're part of that system, then we probably ought to have a little bit better connect to what those rankings actually are," Currie said Wednesday after appearing on a panel at the Intercollegiate Athletics Forum. "So either have them and use them, or just don't have them. I would be fine if we did away with the thing."
Currie happens to like using the standings to determine a No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup for the title game. He just suggests that be the only game filled through the BCS system, with all the other bowls picking whoever they prefer as in the old days.
Kansas State, ranked eighth in the BCS standings, is in the Cotton Bowl against No. 6 Arkansas, another school left out but for different reasons: the limit of two teams from any conference.