Why I Can’t Stand The BCS

It’s too easy to argue against the Bowl Championship Series. That’s because it’s mere existence is so absurd to begin with that I imagine 100 years from now, historians will look back on the BCS and laugh at our creative little system. It’s like sitting here now and thinking back to helmetless hockey. What a crazy idea!

I don’t even like talking about the BCS, because the fact that people talk about probably just encourages the NCAA to keep it. Any publicity is good publicity, as they say.

But I read stories like this one on ESPN.com about what Ohio State’s president has to say about Boise State and TCU, and it ignites that fire inside me again, that fire that won’t be extinguished until the BCS is gone.

“I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day.”

These comments by E. Gordon Gee, the same guy who once abolished the athletic department while at Vanderbilt, make no sense.

First of all, having seen enough University of Minnesota football games this season, there are a few patsies in the Big Ten that would have a tough time keeping their heads above water in a conference like the WAC or wherever.

Secondly, if you’re Boise State or TCU, what are you supposed to do? What school in their right mind would schedule a nonconference game against you? Look at Boise State. They beat nearly every major conference team they play. What does a school like Ohio State or Auburn or Texas have to gain by facing a team like that?

I’m not going to sit here and say that Boise State and TCU are the two best teams in the country. But why is that for me or anyone else to decide? Let the players play it out, and the chips fall where they may. That’s what sports is supposed to be all about.

I simply do not like the premise that anyone but players decide who wins a national title. An eight-team playoff solves that problem. Yeah, some good teams will be left out, but any team that can be argued to be the best in the country will be in, and that’s what matters.

Thanks for reading my vent. Days like this are why I love this blog.

5 Responses

  1. Jimmy

    I couldn’t agree more. The funny thing is, I ask people what they think of the BCS and I can never find a person who likes the system. I’m cheering hard for Boise State and TCU for a couple of reasons. The first is I like their teams and their style of play. The second is, I think that if either one of those two played in the BCS title game, then we would see changes to the playoffs, because teams like Ohio State would be crying all day long.

  2. vic

    good rant, i enjoyed it. 🙂 i agree, there needs to be a playoff. 8 teams would do just fine. and have them be the major bowl games, rotating each year as they do now as to which game gets to be the championship game. people that argue “someone will be left out”. well, that will always be the case. look at basketball; 65 teams (and possibly more in the future)get in and they’re always someone complaining about not getting in even though they would have no chance in he** of winning the title. An 8 team football playoff would ensure there’s never an undefeated team that gets screwed out of playing for a title.

    1. Agreed. I mean I don’t know how good Utah is, but TCU manhandled them at their place. I wodlun’t mind seeing us beat Auburn and see an Oregon/TCU Nash, but that would require Boise to lose I think. How can they lose with Heisman hopeful Kellen Moore? He threw for FIVE HUNDRED AND 7 YARDS (507) yesterday. Ridiculous. He looks like he is 14, and has the body of a 12 yr old. Although I’m not sure how exciting the Oregon TCU game would be now that I think about it Washington had the lead at one point on them yesterday I’m pretty sure. And then with 12 minutes left Oregon needed 2 TD’s to cover the 35 point spread and didn’t even have the ball at the time and they covered. Another testament to the stout defense of the PAC 10

  3. I like the bowl system in general, but I would like a +1 championship game.

    Basically it would take the top 4 conference champions, match the up against each other in bcs bowl games, and the winners play in the NCG roughly a week later.

    For instance this year if all 4 teams, Oregon, Auburn, Boise and TCU win out and ranked in that order, Oregon would go to the Rose Bowl as Pac10 champ, Auburn to the Sugar Bowl as SEC champ, Boise (WAC champ) to the Sugar bowl (#2 vs #3) and TCU (MWC champ) to the Rose Bowl (#1 vs #4). You could even appease the Rose Bowl/pac10/big10 By making those conferences/bowl automatically team up when both a big10 and pac10 team were eligible.

    Then elevate the Cotton, Citrus, or Peach bowls to BCS status, and the rest of the BCS could go on as before, with the other 3 AQ (the MWC should be a AQ league by then) champions playing highly ranked teams from other conferences.

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