Like it or not, it's going to happen. I don't like it. I don't like the matchups. I don't like the automatic bids. I don't like that the ACC gets an automatic bid to the Orange Bowl...
What? Wait. There is something about it I do like. The controversy. And there is nothing better for college football, regardless of what it is.
If there's one thing I know (and it is debatable that I know one thing), but college football fans love their teams. They are passionate, emotional and defensive. If I say something bad about the Longhorns, my Facebook page seems to light up. If I suggest TCU gets their shot, it's instant comment. Say something about the future of the Sooners, the Longhorn people tell me it won't matter. Either way, it doesn't matter who you support. It doesn't matter where you went to school. It just matters that have the same passion for your team as the next.
For those elite schools that are in the BCS picture every year, there is an expectation of winning. There is an expectation of playing for a national title. Only two teams get that shot. There are about 20 schools yearly that think they should be there. The expectation is that if you are undefeated, you will be there. Except this year...oh, and last, when everyone had a loss...
There is a pool of five on the undefeated list... Alabama, Texas, TCU, Boise State and Cinci. There are even more powerhouses that have one loss but will lay claim to a bowl win.
Colleges are about "could'a, would'a, should'a". TCU, Boise State, Cinci, you are going to get that chance to recruit "bigger, faster, stronger" now. Because you may be able to lay claim that you "could'a, would'a, should'a" been in the National Championship Game, you'll be successful with it. And if you go on to win your bowl game, you'll still be a champion...of that bowl.
The goal of the BCS is to match #1 v #2. It does that. Win that game, and you'll be given a very cool crystal football.
But what about a playoff? Isn't that better? No.
NCAA regular season basketball. What? They play a regular season before March? Is that what you want for football? Insignificance?
What about baseball? They have the College World Series? That is even better... What? Really? How much talent makes it to college in baseball? Most get drafted right out of high school...and until the CWS, you'd be hard pressed to even find a box score in a national paper.
Playoff system works with those sports because of what they are. It's great to have March Madness for a few weeks out of the year (really just the first two rounds are worth anything anyway). Its great to see the sprint of a College World Series. But, if I am NCAA Football, that isn't what I want.
I want each week to matter. I want a debate each week about who is better than who. I want a few "non-powerhouse" schools to take to the debate. I want people bitching and moaning about how their school got screwed, and I want those other teams that aren't playing for a national title to take home their championship as well.
Right now, it works. Thank you BCS.
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