Time To Scrap The BCS: Wins By USC, Utah Prove a Playoff Is Needed

Dave Turner@DturnersportsContributor IJanuary 2, 2009

Since its inception in 1998, the BCS has constantly faced scrutiny. While it has come up short in the past, this year should be final straw for this flawed system.

The big wins by USC over Penn State in the Rose Bowl, and Utah over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl prove that slotting just two teams to duke it out for the national championship is just plain wrong. 

USC beat a very talented Penn State team 38-24, and really the game was not even that close.  There are many who will say Penn State is just another overrated team from the Big 10, but this is a team that dismantled the very team that USC lost to, Oregon State. 

USC looked so good against Penn State because they had to be.  They knew they needed to show the country just how good they are. 

How good are the Trojans?  They have at least three players on that defense who are potential defensive rookie of the year candidates in Rey Maualuga, Brian Cushing, and Taylor Mays. 

As for Utah, what more can you ask for? They went undefeated in the Mountain West  Conference, which certainly is not a pushover.  They beat some solid opponents as well. 

Wins over Oregon State, TCU, and BYU were all impressive.  Their 14-point Sugar Bowl win against mighty Alabama, who was number one up until they lost to Florida, is no fluke.

Utah beat teams from the Pac-10, Big 10 and SEC this season. There is no doubt, this is a very good team. 

While Utah and USC have gotten the chance to prove their worth, Texas will as well against Ohio State.  The fact that Oklahoma got the nod over Texas is wrong.

Not because Texas should have gotten it outright, but there should have been a way to determine that on the field.  That's where a playoff would be perfect. 

Dreams of a 16 team playoff would probably be too big, but the idea of putting a member from each conference in, as well as five highly deserving wild cards would allow teams like Utah and Boise State to have a chance at a title. 

There is no way that the BCS can continue, because it has so many times deprived teams a chance at a national title.

2001 saw Nebraska qualify ahead of Colorado, a team they lost to in the regular season, and Oregon finished fourth despite being No. 2 in both major polls. 

2003 saw a one-loss USC team lose out to Oklahoma and LSU, who both also had one loss.

2004 featured undefeated Auburn being snubbed despite going undefeated in the SEC. 

How many times will it take before something is done?  I know the bowl money and TV contracts and such are what is preventing this all from happening, but there comes a point where change needs to happen. 

A playoff system, even if it's only four teams, would be an improvement.  It is just sickening to see how many teams have been denied a chance at a title when they deserved it.

So many players and coaches work so hard, and so many fans root so hard for their teams that a playoff system is the only way to honor that commitment.  It is time to do the right thing.