In 1998, an improved but still flawed system was installed into the college football world. The BCS was born, along with the loads of controversy that would soon follow.
The PAC-10, Big 10, Big 12, ACC, Big East, SEC and Notre Dame all were included on the teams that would be eligible for automatic bids. This left out a good portion of the NCAA Football world without a chance for a National Championship.
Although they gave the Non-BCS schools an automatic bid for finishing in the top 12 in the BCS standings, as evidence of Boise State (2006), and Utah (2004, 2008) these teams truly have no plausible chance of finishing number 1.
I for one, and I know I speak for many others as well, see this as an outrage. The BCS creates a monopoly on the business that is NCAA Football. With this current system in place, the rich get richer and they keep the big money within the BCS conferences.
The question we have to answer is, what is our solution? A large number of people have called to put a play-off in place. Even recently elected president Barack Obama said, "I think it is about time that we had playoffs in college football. I'm fed up with these computer rankings and this and that and the other," Obama said. "Get eight teams...the top eight teams right at the end. You got a playoff. Decide on a national champion.
The idea of College football's version of "March Madness' is an entertaining idea to chew on, but it is not nearly as simple as it may seem. With the current bowl system in place, it does create a lot of controversy, but that doesn't mean its without its benefits.
Including the BCS national championship game, there are 34 bowl games for the 2008-09 season. This means that 68 out of the 119 FBS (formerly Division 1) get to play in the post-season. This creates exposure and money for some of the smaller schools.
President Obama's plan for an eight-team playoff would eliminate 60 of those schools that would normally get to play in a bowl game.
While I was brainstorming about a solution for this dilemma that was facing the NCAA Football world, I came upon what you could maybe call a middle ground. A 16 team play-off for the national championship, and those that were not in the top 16 would be eligible for the normal bowl games.
The top 16 would be decided upon by a selection committee similar to that of NCAA basketball. Then the bowl sponsors would select the teams that they wish to play in their bowls from those who weren't in the top 16.
While my system still has many holes and problems in itself, I feel that it could be a starting point on the road to a more perfect and fair way of deciding who is really the best team in the land.
Maybe one day we will see a program like this in the NCAA, but until at least 2014, the BCS will live on. From now until then, we will continue to have controversy and debate each year about who is the true national champion.