Twelve Days Countdown–12/9/2012.

Text by Lynn McDaniel

Everyone who is remotely interested in Texas A&M, Aggie sports, college football or the Southeastern Conference knows about the phenomenal performance the Aggies gave in their inaugural SEC Football Season. Despite the predictions of naysayers and doomsday prophets, the Fightin’ Texas Aggies, led by Head Coach Kevin Sumlin, produced a jaw-dropping 10-2 football season that left them ranked 9th in the Bowl Championship Standings (BCS). That ranking provides the subject for the 9th day of the 12 Days Countdown.

According to the Bowl Championship Series website, “The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a five-game showcase of college football. It is designed to ensure that the two top-rated teams in the country meet in the national championship game, and to create exciting and competitive matchups among eight other highly regarded teams in four other bowl games. The five bowl games are the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl, Rose Bowl presented by VISIO, Allstate Sugar Bowl and Allstate BCS National Championship Game that is played at one of the bowl sites.”

Ranking, standing and ratings are important to football fans who vie to determine which team is the absolute best. However, with literally hundreds of methodologies for determining “the absolute best,” teams face each other for final match-ups based on a variety of criteria, including quantifiable results such as number of wins, but also qualifiable (non-measurable) variables, such as injuries, heart, clutch and payback.

Victor Mather, in an article for the New York Times, states, “No matter how powerful the computer or how complex its formula, no system will ever be perfect. Programmers can make very good evaluations, but they can never know for sure who is actually going to win the games.”

Each year, contenders in the AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic are selected from the Big 12 Conference, (which the Aggies left), to compete against the Southeastern Conference, (which the Aggies joined in 2012). Once the Bowl Championship Series announces its bowl line-up, the Classic receives its choice of Big 12 competitors. The SEC then submits a division champion, a division runner-up, a team with a comparable record or a mutually agreed-upon team as the Big 12’s opponent.

The highly celebrated 2012 Texas A&M Football Season will culminate with a matchup in the 77th AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic on Friday, January 4, 2013 at 7:00 pm between the Big 12’s Oklahoma Sooners and the SEC’s Texas Aggies. The game will be played in Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

The Forsyth Galleries would like to congratulate the entire Texas Aggie team (including all the coaches, players and support staff) on their accomplishments this year. We’ll be excitedly cheering you on as you Beat the Hell Outta the Sooners in January! The Forsyth would also like to invite our blog visitors to check out the 2012 AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic Art Contest, which showcases up-and-coming young artists from North Texas. Gig ‘em!

Works Cited

Bowl Championship Series. Website: http://www.bcsfootball.org. Last updated: January 16, 2012. Date accessed: December 11, 2012.

Mather, Victor. The New York Times. Website: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/10/24/sports/ncaafootball/college-football-computer-rankings-proliferate.html. Published: October 23, 2012. Date accessed: December 11, 2012.

AT&T Cotton Bowl Classic. Website: http://www.attcottonbowl.com/visitors-guide/general-info/. Date accessed: December 11, 2012.

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