“You can't take away from where they live or where they went to school,” Stoops said. “There is bias in everybody.”
Stoops said he wouldn't mind seeing college football develop an RPI-type computer system to help eliminate that bias, and to ensure strength of schedule is prominently considered.
“Otherwise, why are we going to Notre Dame this year?” Stoops said. “Why travel to Florida State two years ago? If you're not going to be reward for it, then play a bunch of softies and try and be undefeated.”
Last season, Stoops' team finished the regular season ranked No. 11 in the final BCS Standings and was widely expected to earn a Sugar Bowl bid. But the Sooners fell out of the BCS altogether because MAC champion Northern Illinois rose to No. 15 in the standings.
Kansas State, which beat Oklahoma in the regular season, earned the Big 12's automatic BCS berth. Northern Illinois was 11-1 during the regular season, but its one loss was to lowly Iowa.
Northern Illinois lost to Florida State in the Orange Bowl, while Oklahoma was routed 41-13 by Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl.
“Last year going into the bowl games, Northern Illinois had one loss and we had two,” Stoops said. “Theirs was to Iowa. Ours were to Notre Dame and K-State. They got the bid to BCS bowl ahead of us … If they went through our whole schedule would they have been 11-1? I don't know, but I doubt it.
“Obviously, the voters, it didn't matter too much to them. It's not right. I think the schedule you play matters. The cumulative affect of playing good teams week in and week out is different.”