The BCS Answer: A New System To Improve College Footbal

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The BCS Answer: A New System To Improve College Footbal
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For years now fans have debated about whether or not the BCS system works. The BCS has existed for 12 now after first being implemented in 1998. Although the system has delivered many great and memorable games, like the 2002 Fiesta Bowl between Miami and Ohio State for the National Title or the 2007 Fiesta Bowl which featured Boise State's legendary upset of Oklahoma, the system is widely criticized and the majority of college football fans have pined for a playoff system.

The reputation for the BCS is so low that its own website must mention that the system is "misunderstood" and has even hired Ari Fleischer, a man who was hired by the US government to raise the public of former President George W. Bush, to help raise their public persona.

With the BCS going through all these issues just to raise their reputation, clearly something is wrong. That is why I propose a new idea, a points system, based on the quality of opponents and how impressive a victory is. With this new system style points count, cupcakes don't help you, and neutral site games count the same as home games. The system works like this:

  • 0 points for any loss
  • 1 point for a win against any FCS team
  • 2 points for a win at home against any unranked non-BCS conference team
  • 3 points for a win on the road against any unranked non-BCS conference team
  • 4 points for a win at home against any unranked BCS conference team
  • 5 points for a win on the road against any unranked BCS conference team
  • 6 points for a win at home against any ranked non-BCS conference team
  • 7 points for a win on the road against any ranked non-BCS conference team
  • 8 points for a win at home against any ranked BCS conference team
  • 9 points for a win on the road against any ranked BCS conference team

However this criteria is not on the only way a team to rack up points. Teams will receive one point for any victory of twenty or more points and two for any victory of forty or more points against non-FCS teams. That means blowing out Portland State 73 to nothing still stays as one point.

Also, beating ranked teams can help your cause exponentially. Teams will be rewarded and extra point for beating a team ranked 20th to 25th in the USA Today/Coaches poll, two points for teams ranked 11th to 19th, three points for teams ranked sixth to tenth and four points for teams ranked first to fifth.

With that being said, let's check out the 2010 College Football rankings based on this updated system.

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