NCAA's Plantation: The BCS Is Holding TCU and All of Mid-America Down

Henry BallSenior Analyst IDecember 7, 2009

SAN DIEGO - NOVEMBER 7:  Wide receiver Jimmy Young #88 of the Texas Christian University Horned Frogs is tackled after a catch by corner back Larry Parker #7 of the San Diego State Aztecs on November 7, 2009 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.    (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Part I


Maybe it’s not considered politically correct for a southern white guy to bring up plantations and slavery, as it was indeed the darkest period in this country’s history, but if you think about it, that’s exactly the right way to describe how the NCAA and BCS system determines its college football champion.


The BCS is designed to promote the rich (traditional football power conferences) and keep the poor man (mid-major conferences) down.  There really is no other way to look at it, and this year is the perfect example.


This may be a year the BCS gets it right (in terms of a champion), but only because Nick Saban and his Alabama Crimson Tide are going to see to it.


On the other hand, Texas does not deserve a shot more than Cincinnati, the undefeated repeat champion of the Big East—which happens to also be a (token) "BCS" conference—and owners of the best resume of any of the unbeaten teams not named Alabama.


Nor does Texas deserve it more than TCU, the undefeated champion of the Mountain West—which is also home of the Utah team that exposed Alabama in last year’s Sugar Bowl—arguably one of the three best conferences in the country this year, and perhaps the most balanced team in the country.  


Nor does Texas deserve it more than Boise State, who has been proving itself for years versus the BCS elites.


If the truth be told, and with all due respect for Texas’ Head Promoter Mack Brown, after watching Texas A& M expose the Longhorns defense last week and watching Nebraska humble Colt McCoy and the supposedly "high powered" offense this week, it's hard to imagine Texas beating anyone in the top 10—which, oddly enough, is something they haven’t done all year.


All the strength of schedule arguments aside—which are fundamentally biased and flawed—if going undefeated in the WAC, MWC or the Big East does not even give you at least a shot at a National Title then those conferences, along with the Sun Belt, Conference USA and Mid-American should be moved down a division.


What is more, the "Big Boys"—BCS Conference members—should not be allowed to "pad" their schedule with such teams, nor should they be allowed to schedule FCS schools, period.


By utilizing these "lesser" conferences as schedule stuffers but not giving them ANY legitimate shot at winning the brass ring, you are essentially turning them into slaves for the plantation holder.


It’s time for a playoff pure and simple.  Not some "and one" or extended beauty pageant but a bona fide legitimate playoff that determines a champion on the field.


One that allows at least the possibility for any team in the division (FBS) to have a legitimate shot to earn the National Title.



But a playoff would ruin the regular season!


Not true . College football’s regular season is exciting for many reasons, one of which is the do-or-die feel to a lot of the games but honestly how many of those games are played each year? 


Actually, it is a very small number compared to the overall schedule.  If you are not in the top 10 or 15 in preseason rankings, then your games don’t really matter—under the BCS system—and once a few teams lose, the list of teams that have a legitimate shot get narrowed to four or five and ONLY their games "matter."


Case in point: Boise State versus Oregon was one of those do-or-die games, right?  First game of the year, loser is out of National Championship contention before most teams have even played their first game.  Boise wins, Blount goes crazy, and the Ducks are done.


Now, whose games have been more exciting this year?  That’s right, the Ducks by a long country mile.


Moreover, a playoff would make the regular season more compelling and frankly there would be even more do-or-die games each and every week. (See Southern Fried Playoff link for details)


But a playoff would ruin the Bowl season!


Not true. They could and should coexist.  Bowls are a great tradition and are one of the things that make college football so special.  Every team, and their fans can be rewarded for a good season—though 6-6 should not be considered good—and it can be a huge source of revenue for the schools.


Perhaps that is the real motivation to keep the bowl system and BCS—those involved have a golden goose—yet my "Southern Fried Playoff" would be a whole flock of golden geese.


Instead of having a great and exciting regular season followed by a horrible let down of a postseason—which basically ended on Saturday in Atlanta’s SEC Championship Game—we could have an even more exciting regular season followed by a wonderful bowl season and playoff that would become the biggest, baddest, ATM-money making sporting event ever devised by Man.


The bottom line, CFB needs to determine a champion like every other sport, on the field not in a popularity contest. I, your Bleacher Report appointed CFB Czar have devised the plan and will show the way.


It’s time for the NCAA to close the plantation and follow the path!



Part II The Southern Fried Playoff