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 haveÂ 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.