MORGANTOWN - Odds and ends and a few things I think I think while wondering if a team that lost to Temple has ever made it into a BCS bowl:
And not just beaten, but drubbed, 30-19.
By the way, the answer prior to this year was no. I recalled a winless Temple team inexplicably beating a ranked Virginia Tech team back in the late 1990s and thought that might have been a BCS team, but it wasn't. The Hokies did finish 9-3 that year (1998), but played in the Music City Bowl.
I'm not talking about wins and losses so much as enthusiasm for the program. There are a lot of good reasons why the Panthers failed so miserably this season and some of them (losing Greg Romeus) were out of Wannstedt's control.
But Pitt did manage to share the Big East title with UConn and West Virginia. The Huskies are in the Fiesta Bowl. WVU is in the best non-BCS bowl the Big East can offer (not that that's saying much). And Pitt was passed over by everyone else until something called the BBVA Compass Bowl, which had no choice but to take the Panthers because they have a contract with the Big East.
What does that say about Pitt football? Well, it says that no one cares. It's hard to justify keeping an underachieving coach who can't even rally the base.
Anyone who was surprised that Rich Rodriguez sang songs, quoted scripture and nearly broke down and cried during Michigan's banquet, well, you just haven't been paying attention, have you?
OK, so the singing and the Bible verses were new.
It used to be the league had a formula to go by even if mini-conference records were clear, as they were this season. In the mini-conference among tied UConn, WVU and Pitt, the Huskies were 2-0, WVU 1-1 and Pitt 0-2.
Under the old rules, though, BCS standings played into it. For instance, if a team was 2-0 in that mini-conference it still could be passed over for the automatic bid if another of the tied teams was more than five spots ahead of it in the BCS standings.