Sometimes when a relationship just doesn’t seem right—regardless of how long it lasted or how many good memories it produced—saying goodbye is easy.
This is the likely the case between diehard college football fans and the BCS scheme, a liaison that marks its 16th and final year in 2013.
Before hooking up with the BCS, college football had a brief affair with the Bowl Coalition from 1992 to 1994 and then courted the Bowl Alliance 1995 to 1997.
These short-term relationships led to college football saying “I do” to the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, a decision that has put the game in a logic vacuum ever since.
Though it would be easy to list 100 components of the BCS that won’t be missed, considering potential downsides is more compelling.
Yes, the BCS had its flaws, but what of the good it brought the game?
And before you pooh-pooh the concept that there is anything to lose, consider this: According to Matt Hayes of the Sporting News, Alabama head coach Nick Saban said of the BCS era, “When we look back at it…we’re going to see that it probably wasn’t all that bad.”