NCAA Football: BCS = Old & Busted, Playoff System = New Hotness
It's that time of year again. The time of the year when the conversation is had about the BCS (Blatant Corporate Scam) versus a playoff system.
Honestly, I don't know how this conversation keeps happening, and yes... I will tell you why!
First and foremost, it is a rarity to see the two "deserving" teams make it to the BCS Championship Game.
The past two seasons are a GREAT example.
Two years ago, we saw Florida and Ohio State. These two teams were said to be No. 1 and No. 2 in the nation, yet each had a blemish in the loss column.
In the words of The Hurricane, "WHAT'S UP WIT DAT?!"
Boise State, a team completely disrespected that season, was undefeated going in to the Bowl Games. So honestly, they should have been a given in the title game. ESPECIALLY when you're the ONLY undefeated team when the season ends.
So who would have been No. 2 in the title game? Honestly, Ohio State. Yes they had an identical record to Florida, but that season, in the two respective conferences, the Big 10 was the harder one to win in. And in that conference, Ohio State went undefeated, while Florida lost a game in their conference play.
So there's example numero uno. Example dos comes from last season, and boy was it one that showed just how AWFUL the BCS is.
How do two two-loss teams even get to the championship when there are two ONE-loss teams as well?
That game shouldn't have been LSU vs. Ohio State. It should have been Kansas vs. Hawaii.
As crazy as it sounds, I'm sorry, it's how it should have been. But since we have corporations currently deciding COLLEGIATE sports, I guess let's go with a team we know will bring in revenue.
So how do we solve this debauchery that is the BCS? The answer has always been there, PLAYOFF SYSTEM!
Now my proposed system isn't really one that is tossed around much, but I think it makes sense. So bear with me...
The season ends around the first of December. All conference championships have been handed out, and Bowl Season starts in roughly three weeks.
Which is AMPLE time...
So why not take the top eight teams and start the playoffs the next week? By the time the first Bowl Game rolls around, the playoff format would have narrowed down to the final two teams.
From there, you take the losing semi-finalists and put them in the No. 2 Bowl, and then match up the initial four losing teams in Bowls three and four.
And if the Big 10 and Pac 10 want to whine and cry, give them the Rose Bowl to shut them up.
Then you'll have whittled down any question of who should be there, because the teams would all have a chance, and have to earn it.
Also it would completely remove any and all doubt for teams like Hawaii, Kansas, and most importantly Boise State (who I still argue is the true BCS Champion from 2006-2007), to say they could have beaten a team they felt they deserved to play.
Screw the corporate drivel that dominates this sport. I don't care if it's Kansas vs. USC and Kansas gets trampled. If a team has the record to prove they belong in the hunt for the BCS Championship, give them their shot.
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