BCS Bowl Committee and the AP Need To Do the Right Thing
Alabama, Boise State, Cincinnati, Texas, and TCU have finished their regular seasons undefeated.
The only thing real fans of college football know is that there are several teams that are worthy of playing for the BCS National Championship.
All of the remaining undefeated teams have a legitimate claim to play for the BCS National Championship.
You can have the computers crunch all the numbers you want, but, at the end of day, it all comes down to the pride in one’s alma mater.
Of course, money also factors into the equation.
Arguing about the relative strength of schedule of unbeaten teams is not a real measuring stick when the teams do not play common opponents.
Fans who are able to remain relatively objective know that the language of “strength of schedule” is nothing more than code.
Using strength of schedule with undefeated teams is the equivalent of the classic argument, “I’m right because I say I’m right.”
Does a last-second field goal over an eight-win team make a team more worthy of playing for the BCS championship than a 45-10 win over a team with six wins?
Such a question is likely to divide the state of Texas in two.
Of course, in Austin the answer is simple.
The team with the last-second field goal is far more worthy to play for the BCS title.
The fans in Fort Worth would beg to differ.
The team that throttled their opponent is the team far worthy to play for the BCS title.
The problem is that the answer lies in the eye of beholder.
Both the fans of both Texas and TCU are right.
The only way to truly find out would be a playoff system.
Unfortunately, money in college football is preventing a playoff system from occurring this year.
In the absence of a real playoff system, the BCS committee needs to try to do the right thing.
I anticipate that we are going to see Alabama paired with Texas. That is not the right thing I am looking for from the BCS committee.
The right thing would be to pair two of the remaining three undefeated teams together to play in a bowl game.
The winner of this bowl game could then subsequently clamor the AP voters to give us a second national champion in college football.
Having gone to a Big 10 university, I have no preference as to which two of the three remaining teams should be paired.
My guess is that, in order to pull off this conspiracy and secure buy-in from the AP voters, the two undefeated teams should be TCU and Cincinnati.
Those teams could then do all of us a favor by playing a fantastic game that leaves all college football fans salivating and wanting more.
Real college football fans could then unite to demand a real playoff system.
Please, no more lame excuses about how hard it would be on the kids.
The kids playing for the FBS championship with a playoff system are no different than the kids playing for the BCS championship without a playoff system.
The BCS championship should be decided on the field.
After all, isn’t it one of the best lessons of sport that what really matters is what you do given an opportunity to compete and not the preconceived notions people have about you?
Wouldn’t it be unfair if one undefeated team wasn't able to play against an undefeated team to stake its claim for a national championship?
Yes, but that undefeated team is already on the outside looking in at the big party.
My suggestion to the one undefeated team that doesn’t get to play another undefeated team?
First, take care of business in your bowl game.
Second, have your athletic director call the winner of the projected Alabama/Texas showdown for one more game at a neutral site with the television cameras rolling so that you can properly call them out.
The BCS committee and the AP voters have a chance to put the proverbial cherry on the top of an already memorable college football season.
Do the right thing.
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