There is much speculation about what will happen if this or that occurs in the next two weeks of college football. We know from past experience that many things can change; we have seen it all happen before in conference championship games.
But, just suppose the season ended today and the current BCS rankings and conference standings determined who would play in the Bowls. There are 14 "important bowls" that the BCS schools, coaches, fans, and players genuinely feel positive about participating in as a true "reward."
This is not to demean the other 20 Bowls. Many offer an opportunity for smaller conference champions to receive media exposure that will reach outside the normal geographic area of interest. We should support these smaller Bowls totally as a part of Americana.
Others present highly enjoyable trips for players and fans alike. Some of the perceived "minor" Bowls offer a great deal of money and that cannot be overlooked. Many have enjoyed a trip to these wonderful Bowl locations and opportunities.
But, this is a snapshot of the bowls everyone would accept a bid to without hesitation. The proof is, they all have in the past, and they will in the future.
THE BOWLS AS OF THE NOV. 24 BCS RANKING AND CONFERENCE STANDINGS:
14) ALAMO BOWL IN SAN ANTONIO, DEC. 29: NEBRASKA VS. NORTHWESTERN
13) SUN BOWL IN EL PASO, DEC. 31: CALIFORNIA VS. KANSAS
12) LIBERTY BOWL IN MEMPHIS, JAN. 2: KENTUCKY VS. HOUSTON
11) HOLIDAY BOWL IN SAN DIEGO, DEC. 30: OKLAHOMA STATE VS. OREGON
10) PEACH BOWL IN ATLANTA, DEC. 31: SOUTH CAROLINA VS. BOSTON COLLEGE
9) OUTBACK BOWL IN TAMPA, JAN. 1: LSU VS. MICHIGAN STATE
8) GATOR BOWL IN JACKSONVILLE, JAN. 1: FLORIDA STATE VS. MISSOURI
7) COTTON BOWL IN DALLAS, JAN. 2: MISSISSIPPI VS. TEXAS TECH
6) CAPITAL ONE BOWL IN ORLANDO, JAN. 1: OHIO STATE VS. GEORGIA
5) ORANGE BOWL IN MIAMI, JAN. 1: GA. TECH VS. CINCINNATI
4) ROSE BOWL IN PASADENA, JAN. 1: OREGON STATE VS. PENN STATE
3) SUGAR BOWL IN NEW ORLEANS, JAN. 2: FLORIDA VS. UTAH
2) FIESTA BOWL IN PHOENIX, JAN. 5: OKLAHOMA VS. SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
1) BCS TITLE GAME IN MIAMI, JAN. 8: ALABAMA VS. TEXAS
Friends, if this isn't an example of why the Bowl system needs to be revamped in some manner, or augmented by a multi–team playoff system, I don't know what is.
Some of these matchups would be absolutely ghastly. Some would be a shame and a disgrace to have such fine teams pigeon–holed into locations when many more exciting possible contests could be arranged.
We must hope fervently that the final week of the season, and the subsequent league championship games, can clear up this muddle of uninteresting Bowl games.
We may in fact see Alabama play Texas for the championship. But, suppose Oklahoma State beats Oklahoma, Texas Tech beats Baylor, and Texas defeats Texas A&M.
You would then have Texas Tech going to the Big 12 Title game by virtue of their win over Texas while Texas could play for the national title without even winning the division of their conference!
Ohio State would have lost to two teams that combined for a total of two losses on the year and not qualify for a BCS Bowl because the rules bend over backward for a non– BCS conference team, like Utah.
Utah defeated Michigan 25–23, Ohio State defeated Michigan 42–7. Why not ask Michigan who they think is the better team? Does any reasonable person believe Utah would be undefeated if they had played Southern Cal and Penn State?
Where is the "common–sense index"? It is lurid to consider that we are determining a true national champion using this botched system.
The politics of the system is already at work. Notre Dame would appreciate a special trip to El Paso to participate in the 75th anniversary Sun Bowl. Iowa is making the case for the Alamo, even though they lost to Northwestern and finished below them in the Big 10. The Peach is horrified at the thought of Boston College coming to Atlanta with 500 fans.
Has it come to this? Does no other Bowl matter except for the BCS Title Game? That is an insult to every person who ever played the game or has any interest in college football. It is the view of a limited scope of secluded and deluded individuals.
If that is the case then any school that ever won a "national championship" in any other bowl should immediately turn in their title as not really being a title since it wasn't won in the all-mighty BCS Title Game. You can start with Alabama, Notre Dame, Nebraska, and Michigan.
President-elect Obama is right when he this system needs to be overhauled. When he gets the time, maybe three years from now, I hope he does do something about it.