This year for the Big East is by far the worst ever for a major conference. The average computer ranking in the BCS computers is 66.25, slightly below both the Mountain West and the WAC. That has everyone punching their favorite bag again, calling for the league's automatic bid to go away. In fact, many have reported that it is, in fact, in jeopardy.
Not true. There is no provision or process in place to take away an automatic bid from a league that has one. The Big East will have an automatic spot for the next four years. Besides, this is the first bad year for the Big East since 2005. The league suffers from a perception problem, but the reality is, it's the Big 12 that's performed the worst over the past four years among the majors -- not the Big East. And the four-year cycle is how the BCS measures conference performance.
— An except from the latest Jerry Palm column on CBSSports.com. Palm is the proprietor of CollegeBCS.com (and also CollegeRPI.com, which was very useful to me in my student years as I would watch Seth Greenberg's USF teams start sliding down the list every February like clockwork).