Gary Patterson (TCU HC) is angry.
Because it has finally happened.
College football has dramatically altered the BCS system.
But instead of becoming more inclusive, or creating a playoff, college football has gotten even more exclusive.
The BCS has narrowed its sights. They have eliminated all BCS bowls, except the National Championship game.
And the two bids to that game, regardless of what transpires every year will go the to the champion of the new Big 12 and the new SEC. These 24 teams will get exclusive revenue and TV rights in the new system.
The BCS has finally decided to give up the facade of giving teams (other than these 24) a chance for playing a national championship.
One prominent, important supporter of the new system (who spoke on the condition of anonymity) told me, "Why continue to lead any other teams along? Why give teams false hope? We all know that in the old system, two of these teams would've been selected anyways. This just makes official what we all knew anyways."
What do these two new conferences look like?
The newly revamped SEC keeps Alabama, Florida, LSU, Tennessee, Mississippi, Georgia, and Auburn but snubs all the other current teams in that conference.
They instead invite Miami, Florida State, Virginia Tech, Penn State, and Pittsburgh.
The newly revamped Big 12 includes former members Texas, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Oklahoma State, and Nebraska but snubs all the other current teams in that conference.
Instead they invite Notre Dame, USC, California, Oregon, Ohio State, Michigan, and Cincinnati.
This effectively creates two super BCS conferences. Each conference champion receives an auto-bid to the championship game each year.
Here is how the new divisions will shape up:
Big 12 West
Big 12 East
Both conferences will have conference championship games. The four non-conference games will no longer be scheduled by the schools, but will be played against opponents from the other BCS conference on a rotating basis.
The 24 schools who were invited were elated and happy to leave the "also-rans" they left behind.
No Non-BCS teams were given invites, despite protests from Utah, TCU, Boise State, BYU, Houston, and others.
Many former BCS schools are very bitter about being left out, Texas Tech, Iowa, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Oregon State, and many, many other BCS schools (in the current system) were shocked by the move and their subsequent snub.
Several of these schools have already filed a class-action law suit against the new system, which is set to start in the 2010 season.
Even members of congress have gotten involved.
But ESPN has signed onto the deal, as they now get exclusive rights to broadcast any games for the (two) BCS conferences.
I think it's been a long time coming. We all know that other teams don't deserve to compete for a national championship. It is better for college football if the same teams (Alabama, Florida, Texas, Oklahoma, ect...) and the same conferences always win national championships, and get the best recruits.
This system will take all the riff raff away from the National title discussion for good. I don't know about you, but I'm so sick of teams like BYU, Utah, TCU and Boise State (Blue Turf? You kidding me?) saying they should get a title shot.
Utah and Boise State have even had the nerve to play and beat the likes of Pittsburgh, Oklahoma, and Alabama in BCS bowls. After those "victories" they arrogantly proclaimed their need for respect and equal representation in the BCS. Please.
These pathetic teams, from pathetic conferences claiming they deserve respect. So ridiculous! BCS teams that lose to these teams clearly were not trying very hard. Look at Alabama last year. They lost to more to Utah than they did to Florida. The only reason why? They didn't care.
Now we don't have to worry about these "cinderellas" and "great stories" knocking off the true national title contenders. Programs like Florida, Alabama, Texas, Oklahoma, etc... should not have to face pathetic teams like TCU, Utah, Boise State, and Utah. And now they won't have to.
I can't wait for 2010, so that we can finally get past all of this "underdog" talk, and focus on the teams that really matter.
(Note: This article is a satire and is completely fictitious)