USC Romp of Illinois In Rose Bowl Demonstrates BCS' Problems

Forrest KobayashiSenior Analyst IJanuary 2, 2008

In case you've been living under a rock for the past 10 years, you know that there is a major problem with the BCS.

Last night in the Rose Bowl game, USC ran up the score on a clearly inferior Fighting Illini squad without mercy.

Heralded rookie Joe McKnight had the breakout game all Trojan fans and players were waiting for, amassing 125 yards and a touchdown on just ten carries.

USC had 633 total yards, on top of 11 Illini penalties for 130 yards.

49-17? Give me a break.

This game was so lopsided from the start that many fans simply decided not to tune in. Good for them. All that USC proved was that they deserved to be seeded against a much tougher opponent than a Big Ten pushover.

Bur what is the Rose Bowl game? A matchup featuring the Big Ten and Pac-Ten Champions, unless one of those teams is in the National Championship Game. Well , can anyone make a serious case for the Big Ten Conference being superior to the Pac-Ten Conference?

These conferences are at the opposite end of the scale, and the Big Ten (as much as I hate to say it) is a second-tier conference in today's day and age. Even the solid play of Ohio State and Wisconsin can't seem to keep that conference afloat.

Meanwhile, the Pac-Ten features quality teams top to bottom. Even Stanford made an impact this season, defeating USC—which ironically kept the Trojans out of the National Championship Game, precisely because the Pac-Ten is a better conference

If Northwestern beat Ohio State this year, would the Buckeyes be anywhere near the number-one ranking that they hold? Absolutely not.

Bottom line: This system is flawed, and the folks of the NCAA should try their best to change up the system—and fast.

Playoffs, playoffs, playoffs. For the fans, please!