Ever since 1998—or 1999, for the perfectionists—fans all over the country have loathed the way the national championship was decided.
I know, alums across America have hated it for longer than that, but in 1998, the NCAA put the fate of intercollegiate football in the hands—er, mouse—of a computer.
The Bowl Championship Series, or BCS, has "gotten so many championship teams wrong it makes me sick," according to every Texas Longhorn last season, and they'd be right.
Every year it seems like someone who doesn't belong gets into a BCS game (Hawaii in 2007), and someone who shouldn't belong raises questions about the validity of said system (Boise State in 2006).
It also seems that every year there is controversy as to who gets to play for that crystal football. Just last year it was Texas, in 2003 it was Southern California, and 2004 was the year of three snubs (Auburn, Boise State, and Utah).
The fact of the matter is that parity is now prominent in college football, and you can't compete every single year if only two teams are playing for the title.
Ohio State is going to have shorter dry spells, but they're still going to have them.
Notre Dame isn't going to contend for a national title every single year.
Heck, even Florida is going to have to face the fact that in three years they might not be a perennial powerhouse (ask Miami (FL)).
The worst part about all this is that teams like Boise State, who are enjoying their best years, are not going to be able to vie for the title because it's near impossible to break into the top two for a school their size.
This year, at least, there will be no questions as to who should be playing in this backwards system: Texas vs. Alabama/Florida—but don't count me fooled.
I understand that this is the system in place right now, but what the NCAA needs to recognize is that it's harming the very students it's designed to help.
Even a plus one system is better than what we have now.
I'm sure Bill Hancock (Executive Director of the BCS) is rooting for Texas and Florida or Alabama to stay undefeated so he can flaunt how righteous the BCS system is.
No matter what your thoughts of Boise State or Texas Christian, they shouldn't be playing for a national title in this current system unless one of the teams ahead should falter. But they should have the chance to play.
The national title will mean everything to the players playing for it, but fans everywhere, especially students in Boise, Idaho and Fort Worth, TX, can agree that something needs to change.
This isn't to take away from Alabama, Florida, or Texas. Those kids are playing their hearts out and deserve a chance to play for the national championship.
This is to say that the kids from Cincinnati, TCU, or Boise State deserve that same right—or at least one of those schools does.
Just because the BCS is likely going to get the best two teams this year doesn't mean we should accept it, because the fact is they've gotten it wrong way more often than they've gotten it right.
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