College Football: The BCS Needs to be Destroyed Immediately

Mikey HendersonContributor IJanuary 8, 2011

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The Ultimate College Football Playoff System Plan

(Note- monetary terms are according to the book Death to the BCS)

The following is not an article. It’s more like a book. One article just isn’t enough to express my complete and utter disdain I have for the Beyond Crazy System (known to some as the BCS).

 Look, I know that no system is perfect. Having said that, the system currently in place absolutely sucks. Every year, it robs deserving teams of a shot at a national championship. This year, undefeated TCU was left out of the BCS Championship.

Did you hear anybody crying foul?

Was there any big debate about it?

You know why there wasn’t?

 No, not because Oregon and Auburn are better (though I do believe they are), but because this is nothing compared to previous incidents.

As an SEC fan (Florida) I’d love to see Auburn smash TCU’s brains in, while Oregon could dismantle Boise State in a rematch (let’s pretend Boise beat Nevada).

Conversely, how much fun would it be for college football if TCU stunned Auburn (or Oregon) and won the National Title?

Now, on to the real reason of this article.

Before I reveal my plan, though, let’s quickly run through things that would absolutely not work.

1)Any more than 20 teams- at some point, this will cause arguments between 4 and 5 loss teams as to who belongs in the tournament. No matter how many teams are in the playoff, there are going to be disputes, if not wars, between the schools and their fan bases. But the line has to be drawn somewhere. Plus, it’s kind of pathetic listening to some 8-5 team whining and crying about why they deserve a shot at the National Championship.

 2)Playing every game at neutral sites- there’s just no place like Death Valley of LSU, the Swamp of Florida, the Horseshoe of the Buckeyes, The Coliseum of Southern Cal, Bryant Denny of the Crimson Tide… it goes on and on. Who in their right mind would expect a better atmosphere in say, the Sun Bowl in El Paso, Texas, when one if not all of the above schools could be hosting games? This way, it makes it more difficult for lower seeds, and the higher seeds would have an advantage. This is to stop teams from releasing their foot from the gas pedal in the last few games (who knows, some team might theoretically do it… why chance that?) and still play hard for a higher seed and home field. The finals and even the semis I could live with, but not the whole tournament. I’ll explain how the bowls can stay afloat later.

3)Cutting conference championship games- this is essential to the entire tournament. This is one last chance for teams to make the tourney, or fight for a better seed.

4)Disregarding academics- sure, we fans don’t give a sh*t, but remember, the school presidents do and they’re the ones who have the power to eliminate the football program altogether if they choose.

OK, now onto the plan for the new college football season:

There will be 20 teams in the tournament.

The season will start the middle of August, and run through Thanksgiving weekend. Each team will play 13 games (plus a conference championship if necessary) with two bye weeks. The play in games for seeds 13-20 will be the first weekend of December, the round 16 games will be the second week of December, and the quarterfinals will be the third week of December. The semis will be on New Year’s Day, and the Championship will be two Saturdays after New Years. If New Years is on a Saturday, then it will be two weeks later.

Each team MUST play 8 conference games (10 team conferences play 9) and at least 4 additional FBS teams, and for BCS teams, three of which are in current BCS conferences (meaning not the Big East, because they suck), and the fifth can be an FCS school.

If the (specifically southern) schools want to whine and complain that it’s going to be too hot to play in August (Jeremy Foley of Florida, I’m targeting you) then they should grow some balls and agree to visit a LEGITIMATE northern school- like Penn State, Michigan, Ohio State, Nebraska, Boise State, Oregon, just to name a few, in one of the weeks of August in exchange for a return trip in mid November the following year. Hey Foley- why the hell not? Stop being a ({}) and schedule some real teams, and no, FSU doesn’t count. Just because they beat us once doesn’t mean they are a perennial challenge. Schedule FSU, Miami, and Clemson all in one season and I’ll have some respect for you.

Sorry about getting off topic, but I love any chance that comes along to rip Foley and his garbage scheduling. Back to the real topic.

I know why, before I asked that- you want to house 7 games a year. Well, dumbass, you can still host 7 with this new schedule every other year, and sometimes host 8. Here’s how: host four conference/Florida state games, travel to the other four. Pay off a lowly FBS team- UAB, Memphis,  Arkansas State, etc. to visit the Swamp.

 Each of the 11 conference champions in FBS gets an automatic slot, and there will be 9 at large bids. There will be a selection panel, just like in college basketball, deciding the 9 at large teams. Sorry, Notre Dame, no special deal for you. You and all other independents can go through the selection process like everybody else, and if they pick you as an at-large, Merry Christmas. If not, too bad. After all, you are Notre Dame, so you’re always a national power, so why should you complain? I mean, you should just let your game speak for itself and nothing else should matter. (As you can tell, I despise Notre Dame, a bunch of arrogant little bitches who live in the past.) Of course, there’s no way that the Sun Belt winner will always be in the top 20, but that’s what makes it fun- if the Sun Belt champ advances even one round, it’s a story.

The championship will be held in one of the following revolving sites: the Cotton Bowl, the Orange Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl, the Sugar Bowl and the Rose Bowl. The idea is to restore the importance of the Cotton Bowl, as it was once a top-notch bowl game but was ruined when the BCS came along.

The other bowl games will continue to have the ability to make money by simply asking two schools to play there either during the season, or after it’s over. The school can decline, so adios to the conference tie-ins. Or even better, two schools can get together and ask the bowl if it’s OK. For example, Florida and Georgia can play in the annual Gator Bowl (but they could change the name, because that’s not fair), and Texas and Oklahoma can play in the Cotton Bowl (when it’s not hosting the championship). Georgia and Georgia Tech could agree to play in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl every three years and each team can still host it every three years. Tennessee and UNC (I’m just making up teams) could play in the Chik-Fil-A Bowl one of the other years, and Florida State and Clemson could play in it the third year, then it rotates back to UGA-GT. Or something like that.

Now onto the actual selection process. Yes, it will use computers, but it won’t be stupid. Here are the priorities, in order of importance:

1) win-loss record

2) strength of schedule/ where games were played

3) average margin of victory

THESE GO HAND IN HAND. If a team is undefeated but with no quality wins then it can wind up out of the top 10. Yes, win loss record is the most important factor… but not the ONLY factor.

Note- after the margin of victory has hit 50, it doesn’t matter how much worse it gets. For selection purposes, a 50 point win counts the same as a 250 point win. This is to avoid teams scoring again when up 59-10 or something big like that, or at least to not encourage them to keep going because it won’t help them in the rankings.

To the BCS- why the hell not? Oh, that’s right, you greedy bastards called BCS officials are too busy sitting in your living room and jerking off as you watch the meaningless BCS Bowl games with cash arriving at your houses in truckloads.

In all honesty, this is illegal. This can actually go to court. It has already, actually. But this can be settled once and for all.

 President Obama can have the Justice Department sue the BCS for violating the Sherman Antitrust Act. The BCS is run by a cartel of the 11 BCS conference presidents, Notre Dame and the five big bowl games who are restraining trade and colluding to hoard the gold. They are not exempt from antitrust rules. Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch and Texas Rep. Joe Barton have already looked into this. It would work. How many millions of dollars did TCU just lose by not being allowed to play for the title, not just in bowl TV dollars but in alumni donations and national prestige? How much did Boise State lose in 2006 and 2009, when they completed perfect seasons? How much did Auburn lose in 2004? How much did Utah lose in 2004 and 2008? Even as a Gator fan, I think Utah deserved a shot at the national championship in 2008. Not all Gator fans are like that, but it’s only fair.

And really, how the hell can you defend such a blatant robbery of money and exposure? What’s your argument, Cartel? Wait, I already know what it is- it takes players away from school too much, right?

Bullsh*t. You’re going to use that as an excuse when in fact they’ve been off for 37 days anyway for holiday break?

I’ve heard all of your arguments by now, and none of them are any better.

“It makes the regular season count.” Yes, it does, for SEC teams and somebody else across the country. To the other 118 teams in FBS it counts about as much as a blank check.

“It saves money.” For you unbelievably selfish, criminal and officially retarded Cartel member, yes. For every other school in the country, no. Florida walked away with a gregarious $47,000 as a reward for winning the 2008 BCS Championship. To put it into perspective, Florida paid Charleston Southern- wait, anybody want to take a guess at what the Gators forked out to FCS school CSU to come play in the Swamp to start the 2009 season?


Florida paid an FCS school nearly ten times the amount that it received for the BCS Championship Game victory.

Now, it’s time to put that into perspective. Anybody want to guess how much Boise State received to play Ole Miss in 2012 in Vaught Hemingway?

Twice the number CSU received.

That’s considered near the average amount a team receives to play in an opponent’s stadium- about $880,000.

There’s one man in particular who deserves to get his testicles pulled out by electric pliers- Derrick Fox, the CEO of the Alamo Bowl, who stood before Congress and shared the most embarrassing excuse of all when he declared that “Almost all the postseason bowl games are put on by charitable groups, and since up to one quarter of the proceeds from the games are dedicated to the community, local charities receive tens of millions of dollars a year.”

 This, boys and girls, is called LYING.

Exactly zero bowl games from the 2010 season are owned by anything even remotely resembling a charity. That is, unless you consider filthy rich and incredibly greedy people who celebrate their fantastic lives 364 days a year and watch their bowl games on the 365th day a charity.

Here are the facts:

Eight of the bowl games for the 2010-11 season were privately owned, and even pay taxes.

The other 27 are thrilled to be “not-for-profit” organizations from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and so thanks to that sweetheart deal, don’t have to pay taxes. But that’s even worse, because in this case, not-for-profit doesn’t mean what you think. It’s simply an accounting term, so these greedy Cartel members can cover their tracks by saying the money all goes to charity.

Here are some combined statistics on money spent by the Sugar Bowl committee from the 2005, 2006 and 2007 Sugar Bowl as well as the 2007 BCS Championship Game.

$494,177 on player entertainment

$188,305 on “Hall of Fame”

$330,244 on “decorations”

But the most intriguing- and suspicious stat of all: an incredible $342,946 “other expenses” in the last two years mentioned.

Oh, and here are more facts for decent people of the world (warning- if you’re a good person, you may want to skip this part).

In January of 2008, between the Sugar Bowl (the bowl game itself), the BCS Title game, and state funding, the Sugar Bowl as an organization gained 37.1 million, and immediately announced that a quarter of the proceeds were going to Hurricane Katrina foundations.

It’s kind of funny, in a very saddening way, that nobody even remotely representing a single organization representing Hurricane Katrina- either officially or unofficially- has acknowledged as of New Year’s Day, 2011 (like they’ll suddenly announce tomorrow) that they received a single penny from the Sugar Bowl.

Right, these are the types of people that would lie about not receiving money just so they could get more. Volunteer workers are the most selfish people in the world, right?

Simultaneously, the Fiesta Bowl pocketed over four million dollars in each of those years- but that’s nothing considered to triple that, which wound up in the pockets of the Sugar Bowl.

Pathetic. Derrick Fox, wherever you are, you should be ashamed of yourself!!! And so should your friends in New Orleans who run the Sugar Bowl.

Two questions for you, Cartel- what did the Sugar Bowl do with the $342,946 and- better yet- what happened to the rest of the 37.1 million?

So let me get this straight- you’re not doing a playoff because you instead want that money to go to greedy bastards like these?

Allstate should drop its relationship with the BCS upon hearing this immediately.

 I mean, whose decision was it to hire Gordon Gekko as their head of PR? Since when is greed good in the world of college football, where we’re all supposed to believe that your darling little angels called “student-athletes” are supposed to be good boys like their mommies taught them? Maybe they could tell you that “my mommy taught me to share”. Clearly, the concept of being decent enough to give even a few hundred bucks to Hurricane Katrina organizations- official or nonofficial- is lost.

So all the money that the bowls need does not go to good causes. And it’s not just the Sugar Bowl- word around Florida is that the Orange Bowl (discreetly, of course) paid a team of hit men to go sink a Cuban ship carrying hundreds of innocent passengers in January of 1999. Where did he get the money from? Here’s a hint- he paid his guys just four days after the Orange Bowl.

This is sickening. If the BCS wants to keep its current system that makes about as much sense as Saddam Hussein being elected as US President, so be it. If it wants to look twice as dumb as the average fan thinks it is, so be it. I just hope the Cartel knows that their defenses are despicable, and quite simply, a miscarriage of justice.

One more awful thing about the BCS is its formula. The computer rankings are absurd, the coaches poll is biased and the Harris poll is full of people who don’t even watch the games- they just watch the ESPN highlights. If you MUST keep this system, AT LEAST fix the way you pick your one and two teams.

Hell, even Urban Meyer, who won two BCS Titles in three years, said that Utah, who went undefeated, deserved a shot.

It’s so horrible that BCS coordinator John Swofford lost his cue cards when asked about the BCS system, “Personally, I would prefer a playoff.”


That’s saying something.

So am I.