What was "impartial" about Cal being ranked above Texas in the first place?
Exactly my point, Mr Ouija. I'm not expressing a vote fo Cal to be ranked above Texas. My point is that the system is rancid regardless of who benefits at any given point in time. In this case news coverage has shone its light on the machinations of Texas to manipulate the syste. I'm sure it's been done by others & will be done again unless it is changed.
Personally, I would prefer Cal to be in the Rose Bowl because of Rose Bowl traditions, given 2 equally deserving teams. But that's another discussion & it is not the current system.