Those who believe in such things have a pretty strong case. The latest exhibit is West Virginia holding a Big 12 press conference on Tuesday and then losing a basketball game to a Division II team on Friday and a football game to two-touchdown underdog Louisville on Saturday.
And don't think for a moment that this is isolated.
Pitt and Syracuse announced on a Saturday morning that they were leaving the Big East for the ACC. By the end of that very day Syracuse had been pummeled by Southern California, and its only win in a three-game span beginning then was over Toledo, helped by a official's blown call. On the day Pitt jumped ship, the Panthers blew a fourth-quarter lead at Iowa and lost four of five.
Boston College and Miami have been gawd-awful for the most part since moving from the Big East to the ACC (BC played in two ACC title games but lost both and Miami hasn't even made it to one yet), and Virginia Tech has been roughly the same before and after. Colorado is 1-9 in its first year in the Pac-12 and Nebraska lost its first-ever Big Ten game to Wisconsin, 48-17.
Oh, and Missouri is 4-5 and Texas A&M is 5-4 as they prepare to exit the Big 12. The latter has made an art form of blowing late leads and it was a shock, when those two met a week ago, that either won.
And just so you know, since the BCS originated in 1995-96 as the Bowl Alliance (we won't count the earlier Bowl Coalition because it included the Gator, Sun and Cotton bowls), there have been 68 major bowl games played involving 46 different schools.
Of the 136 appearances by those 46 schools in 68 BCS bowl games, exactly four (0.03 percent) have been by a school after switching from one BCS conference to another in the last two decades. All four were by Virginia Tech, and the Hokies lost three of them.
Not sure what any of that means, but if you believe in curses you probably should know these things.
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1734 or dphickm...@aol.com.