While practice is just starting, but before the season begins, it is probably too late to fix the BCS this year. Congress may try (after they are finished bankrupting us,) but really, should we depend on someone outside of football for change? Computer junkies who have never touched a football got us into this mess, and politicians can't get us out.
So why will someone not stand up and say "Enough already, this is how it is going to be?"
Money, of course.
If your team belongs to the SEC, Big 12, Pac-10, Big 10, or any other BCS conference with an automatic berth, you probably like the BCS. A guaranteed multi-million dollar payday every year is hard to ignore.
But what about us fans? We love having our team win, but what about the Auburns, Texas' or Texas Tech's of yester-year? Surely, Auburn would have played LSU better than Oklahoma, right? And despite Tech's humiliating loss to Ole Miss last year, they did beat Texas, didn't they?
We cannot do away with all of the 100 or so bowl games, can we? I know there is not 100, but it sure seems close...but work with me here. These other teams need the money, and so do the cities they are played in.
So lets do a playoff. But then we would violate our BCS contracts. Let's do away with all of the bowl games, except the BCS. Too much money would be lost.
SO how do we solve this? I have come up with a plan that would work, and make almost everyone happy, unless you are that team with a less than a seven win season.
We could have a playoff, get in a bunch of bowl games, and still honor our BCS contracts, all the while making our computer geeks think they were still in charge. We could even name it after a congressman or the president so the politicians would think they actually did something useful and constructive besides bailing out millionaires.
Here is how it would work:
1. Divide each conference into two, and make them have a Conference Championship Game.
Similar to the SEC, but with standard rules for breaking ties, so we would not end up with the Big 12 fiasco again. Maybe an interconference playoff, or maybe just a simple record comparison, but at the end the top team from each division would play a championship game. This Conference Championship Game would be a bowl game, and this would rotate between conferences on a year to year basis.
2. After these Bowl Games, commence a playoff between the conference champions, which would also be Bowl games, including four of the five BCS Bowls.
You would play until there were two teams remaining.
3. The BCS Bowl would consist of these two teams, with the NCS going to the winner.
All Division I teams would be eligible, and the best team would win. This would solve so many problems we had last year that withing two years we would wonder how we ever did it the old way. No more Big 12 three way ties, no more undefeated SEC teams watching a two-loss team play in the CS game because they are in the same conference as the other team, and no more Utah claiming that if given the chance, they would have beat Florida.
There we have it. What do all of you think? Let us all know, and none of this tweaking to benefit your team crap either. And for all of you Sooner and USC fans, no whining; just play your way in.