After spending all summer jockeying for their favorite form of a playoff, college-football fans got slammed back to reality as the season started; the BCS still reigns in modern times.
While there are only two installments of the Bowl Championship Series left to be played, 2014 seems eons away to fans, and knowing a four-team event is coming is only going to make them hate the BCS more.
So yes, expect just about every fan, save for those whose team wins the title, to be outright furious come December and January.
As a guy who has only had issue with the practice of the BCS, not the ultimate goal of the system, it will all be high comedy as people wring their hands about how school A, B and C got screwed. Someone will undoubtedly talk about meaningless bowls, as if that has anything to do with the BCS, and then, invariably, some "genius" will say they should have immediately implemented the playoff.
It is all so predictable at this point.
How do you think fans will react to this BCS season?
Fans are going to want what they want. When they think their team gets screwed, or a team they hate gets included over a team they hate less, then they go mad. The true "fanatic" comes out; because nothing makes folks more passionate than a team—or a conference—which they don't like having success.
So this year, when Alabama gets to a BCS Bowl and Oregon goes ahead of Kansas State, expect folks to cry foul. When Ohio goes undefeated and doesn't even get considered to play for a title, expect to hear how it just isn't fair. When a two-loss Clemson team is going to the Chick-fil-A Bowl while a three-loss USC gets to hang out at the Rose Bowl, folks will not hesitate to let everyone know how much things suck.
Such is the nature of the industry. It's built on volatility and driven by people feeling like they've been wronged. Now, with a playoff looming just two years away, expect the complaining to reach an all-time high.
And yes, that's saying a lot considering we're coming off a year where the incessant whining was louder than ever due to the rematch.