Congress Should Leave The BCS Alone

Stacey MicklesCorrespondent IIMay 27, 2009

ATLANTA - DECEMBER 06: The Florida Gators celebrate their 31-20 win over the Alabama Crimson Tide in the SEC Championship on December 6, 2008 at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Why is Congress messing with the BCS? Don’t they have enough to do instead of messing with college football? I mean seriously, we got a bad economy, a flu epidemic, and these clowns are worried about trying to get a college football playoff.


I’m one of those who believes that the system actually works most of the time. I can hear the chorus of “are you crazy” coming out of most of your mouths, but let me explain.


Florida was the best team in the college football last year period. No can question that at all.


Where the problem came in last year was from the Texas, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma mess that the Big 12 started.


Cut Texas Tech out of this argument because had they at least put up a fight against Oklahoma then they could have a legitimate case, but had the Big 12 done the right thing and put Texas in the championship game there would be no argument.


Yes, I know Utah—you defeated Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, but your commissioner (along with the other commissioner’s) voted against the plus one idea which YOU could have been a part of this past season.


Now, that you guys have gone undefeated twice in the past few years he wants a piece of the pie. My advice to you is come out of the Mountain West and play a tougher schedule.


You have beaten an SEC team in a bowl game, so why not schedule a game or two against the SEC or the Big 12 or the Big 10.


Utah wants to make “the we are the Auburn of 2004” claim, but you know why Auburn didn’t make it to the national championship game a few years ago even though they should have? Scheduling.


As good as the Tigers were in '04, a lot of experts said had they taken off one or two cupcakes off that schedule; they might have been playing for a national championship. If MWC teams played tougher schedules, then you can make a better case for yourselves.


Let me say this, the system is not perfect. What system is? But for the most part it has brought the two best teams together.


A few years ago, were there any doubts that USC and Texas were the two best teams playing? No. 


We got the best matchup out there. Quite frankly, we did this past year too. The system basically worked itself out. Alabama and Florida played each other in the semi-finals with the winner playing for the national championship game.


All these people screaming to the top of their lungs for a playoff need to ask how do you do it? Because if pick just the top four, then five through 10 will complain that they didn’t get their shot. USC could have made that claim last year.


And then how you going to get these teams there?


So, in a three week period Florida goes to Atlanta for the SEC Championship game, travels to New Orleans to play in the Sugar in a semi-final and goes to let’s say the Rose Bowl to play in the Championship Game.


Who the has that kind of money to travel all over the country to see their team play?


What about the smaller teams that rarely makes a bowl appearance like a Vanderbilt?


So, these kids are supposed to bust their butts during the regular season and have NOTHING to look forward to because we are just going to play four or five bowl games a year? How fair is that?


You know how to make the system better? Make these big name teams play each other. Make a law in the BCS bylaws that states every BCS conference has to play at least ONE team from another BCS conference.


I give teams like USC, Alabama, and Ohio State credit for going outside of their comfort zones and playing a big name team. When Alabama defeated Clemson and USC defeated Ohio State last year, we knew pretty much early on who were contenders and who were not.


The regular season is the playoff and if the big time teams would just play each other, then there is no argument. The best team will come out on top.