Having raved unproductively about its general existence once already this fall, SMQ resolves to proceed the rest of the season in zen-like serenity and contemplation with regard to the Bowl Championship Series standings, against which one should not rage, nor despair, nor even argue. Rather, one should look upon the process with humility and restraint, in tranquil recognition of its evolution as part of the natural order of the world, and therefore also of the sublimity of its imperfection; to proceed otherwise is a futile revolt against the reality to which all men by definition must be subjected.
Reality this week aligns as such:
1. Ohio State (.9764)
2. Michigan (.9451)
3. Southern Cal (.9430)
4. West Virginia (.7751)
5. Auburn (.7466)
6. Florida (.7261)
7. Texas (.7241)
8. Louisville (.7215)
9. Notre Dame (.6730)
10. California (.6680)
The many-pronged paths merge into one clear, irrefutable destiny whose justice is inherent. Natural order, it must be noted, breaks this week in favor of SMQ's own sensibilities by advancing Michigan over Southern Cal in the name of beautiful - if temporary - harmony, though it also mocks his frailty by advancing West Virginia in front of Auburn, the Tigers having failed in their 25-point dismantling of Tulane without their all-conference running back to impress enough to hold off the computer-spurned Mountaineers; such is the wisdom of nature's fates.
For what other existing wisdom could seamlessly amalgamate the chaotic impulses of formulas which, left to their own devices, rank Arkansas 21st by one, more respected measure but officially fourth by another; which place 0-8 and hopeless Stanford ahead of 4-4 Indiana, ranked more than 50 spots higher in another poll; which rank Rutgers fourth in the nation; which move Georgia Tech, NC State and Pittsburgh up after losses; which punish Tennessee for beating Alabama by a field goal but reward UL-Lafayette for beating Florida International 6-0 on the final play by moving ULL up ten spots to No. 36 and place Middle Tennessee ahead of Miami of Florida? No mortal wisdom could adhere the results of such chaos and idiosyncrasy into a functioning order, but mortal wisdom, of course, the BCS transcends.
Update [2006-10-23 14:52:55 by SMQ]: Brian walks the peaceful path with SMQ this morning - um, maybe: