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The BCS was created to make the bowl season “better” than it was in the past. Specifically, we weren't supposed to have those dreaded shared national championships any more.
While the BCS has been successful—most years—in keeping that from happening, its method of doing so has been a smoke-and-mirrors act. Today's national champions have as much claim to the title as David Copperfield has to making the Statue of Liberty actually disappear.
After the “national championship game,” the winner is presented with the “Coaches' Trophy,” emblematic of the No. 1 team in the nation in the final USA Today College Football Coaches' Poll. The trouble is the coaches haven't voted yet!
What's more, the coaches have been bound by a contract between USA Today and the BCS to place the winner of the BCS National Championship Game in the top spot on their final ballot.
But what happens if a coach has a change of heart? What happens if the team that wins clearly wasn't the best team in the nation at the end of bowl season?
Just think about it for a minute. Imagine Alabama beats Notre Dame in Miami next month. But instead of a rousing victory, Alabama is fairly well contained by the Irish, and the Tide only win because of a blown call by the officials or some other extenuating circumstance.
Now, assume Oregon knocked the ever-loving stuffing out of Kansas State in the Fiesta Bowl or Florida absolutely steamrolls Louisville (which isn't actually that hard to picture). Isn't it fair to believe that there might be some coach somewhere in the nation who might want to put Florida or Oregon ahead of this hypothetically hapless Alabama team?
Well, they can't. The coaches are contractually obligated to vote for a particular team.
If the voters are forced to vote a particular way how can the results hold any legitimacy?
In reality, the BCS has more In common with communist China, Venezuela or Iran than it does with good, old-fashioned American republican democracy.
The BCS does a great job with PR. Every in-depth look into the system has the feel of a Michael Moore exposé about the Cuban health care system. Sure, it looks really great on the surface, but what they don't tell you is that what you're seeing is just a façade.
Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!
In reality, the bowl system is now completely driven by money and some misguided idea that clearly biased coaches are the best judges of which team is better than the others. Instead of a fair and open bowl system, we now have ranked slots and contractual tie-ins that prohibit all but two programs from playing for a national championship.
Instead of improving the postseason, the BCS has somehow made things much, much worse—failing miserably in its stated goal to make things fairer for all involved.
Is it 2014 yet?