Everyone has an opinion on the BCS. For most, it isn’t good vibes. The BCS represents a flawed system used for corporate gain. It keeps the little guys from competing on the big stage and allows programs to schedule cupcakes in order to get to the big cash bowl.
Many want to do away with it and institute a playoff. While I’m a fan of that idea as much as anyone is, we know in the short term that it isn’t going to happen. There’s too much money tied up in the TV deals and the corporations sponsoring the bowls. If we can’t get rid of the system, how can we improve it?
I have a solution: take the top 10 teams in the BCS.
This of course would mean doing away with several rules. In this system, there would be no automatic qualifiers. The conference champion from a BCS league wouldn’t automatically earn a spot. Which, given in some years, seems more than fair.
Take this season for instance. The Big East champion will receive a bid. Until Thursday night, it was a done deal that Pittsburgh would be the team. However, after their loss to Connecticut, the race has opened up. It means a team with three of four losses could win the conference.
In addition, the ACC may field a less than stellar team. While Virginia Tech’s comeback is great for the program, they are 20 in the BCS at this point. They should move up some before the end of the season, but it may be hard for them to scratch the top 10.
In my scenario, neither conference champion would make the BCS. It isn’t to stick it to either conference, it’s just both of these conferences are having down seasons, and it seems unfair to reward them and keep more deserving teams out.
Another rule that I would eliminate is the amount of teams a conference can have in the BCS. If the SEC has three programs in the top 10, why should we punish them given a dumb rule? Once again, this rule sometimes allows less deserving teams a chance to play in the BCS.
Ultimately, there’s no quick fix. By implementing these rules, it at least assures the BCS is fielding quality teams each season. It won’t solve all problems but at least it allows teams that deserve to play the opportunity to do so.