BCS Standings Begin October 23 On Monday Night Football


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The season's first Bowl Championship Series' standings will be released during the telecast of the ABC Monday Night Football game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Jets on October 23, Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner and BCS Coordinator John Swofford announced Wednesday.

This season, the Atlantic Coast Conference Office will handle the administration of the BCS and National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame in Morristown, N.J., will be responsible for the compilation and release of the BCS standings. Following the season's first BCS standings release, all subsequent BCS standings will be released each Monday afternoon during the course of the 2000 season.

The BCS standings is a statistical rating system that determines which teams will participate in the national championship game of the Bowl Championship Series. The current BCS standings system has been in use for each of the past two seasons.

The standings consist of four major components: subjective polls of the writers and coaches, computer rankings, schedule strength and team record. The two teams which have the lowest point total in the four categories will play in the national championship game in the FedEx Orange Bowl on January 3, 2001.

"We believe that over the past two years, the BCS has demonstrated itself to be an excellent process in determining a national champion in college football," said Swofford. "I would remind everyone that the components of the early BCS standings will vary greatly. As an example, each team's strength of schedule used in the BCS standing will change on a week-to-week basis. What matters is that the final standing will have taken into account what has happened during the course of the entire regular season."