The Bowl Championship Series is one of college football's main traits in how the exciting sport it managed. But the controversial question that many people are wondering is should the BCS system be replaced with a playoff toward the end of the regular season. It is a steady debate that has been passed back and forth for the past few years, and it might finally come down to the wire within the next season or so.
There are many positive and negative arguements for doing away with the BCS system that some would agree or disagree with. Before taking a strong opinion on this issue though, all sports fans need to look at the facts that both sides are explaining. This is a drastic change that holds the fate of NCAA football in its hands. So, BCS or no BCS? That is the question.
The Bowl Championship Series
The BCS system has been in operation since 1998. It is a system that stimulates college football economically by providing vast amounts of sponsors ranging from Capital One to Chik-fil-a. With the many sponsors the BCS brings to the plate, much of the money invested by the different companies goes to the schools that participate in the bowl games to which the teams travel to. In turn, the cities that are given the chance to host BCS bowl games have an increased economy because of the amount of people that go to the bowl, only with the sponsors that attend the game.
The BCS system manages who goes to bowls by a point system. The points awarded are determined by how difficult the opponent is. Basically, whoever wins the most games with the toughest schedule will go to the National Championship. Some argue that since some teams haven't played eachother before, how can they determine that one team is harder than the other? This is one flaw the BCS system has, is by assumption and past game history, the point system determines the strength of an opponent.
Although the system bring in more money than a playoff system does for schools, it is not always the most accurate measurement of how difficult teams may be in comparison to others.
The Playoff System
The playoff system has been used in almost every other sport in the world. Two of the sports where it really counts is basketball and the NFL. Some argue that since the National Football League uses a playoff system, the NCAA should do the same since both franchises are derived from the same sport. But the NFL and NCAA are of totally different calibers from one another which might lead to problems.
The playoff system is arguably a more efficient way to determine who is the better team because everyone plays eachother, just like in the NFL. Although, determining rankings would be hard with a playoff system because there could be multiple teams that are undefeated. Another problem is that there are 119 teams in the NCAA compared to the 32 in the NFL. This becomes a problem when there are too many teams in the playoff.
Also, a playoff system would only be able to facilitate about half of the sponsors that the BCS system offers. This means that there would be less money to be given to schools and the NCAA for participating in the BCS bowls. This also means less money for many cities' economies.
Both systems have positive and negative aspects about them. But with the expansion of conferences, changes could arise in the near future. As an avid college football fan, I just hope the NCAA makes a responsible decision with the teams and conferences in mind.