3 Reasons BCS Rankings Will Never Matter
The BCS Rankings are studied week in and week out during the NCAA football season, mainly because it is the No. 1 and No. 2 BCS teams that play for the BCS Championship. However, these rankings, or any other, should not matter to college football teams.
Ask any NCAA coach and they will tell you that they do not read into the ranking systems. Most will not even look at the rankings if they can help it. The reason for this? They simply do not matter.
Here are three reasons why.
There Is Always a Flaw, Depending on Your Team
Let's face it, if your team is not No. 1 (or darn near close to the top) then the rankings just aren't right. Most diehard fans will argue days on end about how their 2-6 ACC team would dominate that undefeated SEC team that is currently number one. OK, it may not be that drastic, but you get the point.
Some fans have a reasonable argument, like the Boise State and TCU fans who have been undefeated in the past and had nothing to show for it. I agree that at some point they deserve a shot, but again, it all depends on perspective.
If you ask an SEC fan, the Boise State's, TCU's and teams in similar situations should not even be in the same sentence as a team like LSU, Alabama, Florida, etc.
I'm sure we all remember a few years ago when an undefeated Hawaii team was "cheated" out of a national championship game; instead being placed in the Sugar Bowl.
The 12-0 Hawaii team (No. 10 in the BCS rankings) went into New Orleans to play the No. 5 Georgia Bulldogs (10-2). There was an uproar when Hawaii, the only undefeated team in the country, did not get a title shot. What happened next? The Bulldogs preceded to destroy the Warriors 41-10.
The next argument may be about the previous year when Boise State upset Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl, 43-42. That team could have won the national championship that year, right? They were cheated out of an opportunity because they were not ranked high enough. Again, it is all about perspective.
The point is, the rankings do not matter. We've all heard the saying, "That's why they play the game." It's true, especially in college football. We, as fans, cannot complain about our team not being appreciated enough or another team being overrated because the rating system simply does not matter.
Any team can win on any day.
BCS Rankings Are Not Accurate and There Is No Way That They Can Be
The BCS rankings are not really to blame for this one. It is a very difficult task to rank teams. Why do you think that none of the professional leagues do it? They all do what is best: a playoff.
Heck, even the other college sports do a playoff system. Not to mention, the other college football leagues decide their champion in a playoff. The FBS is the only NCAA sport that does not have a playoff system.
The point again is that the rankings do not matter. Let's look at the 2007 season as an example.
When the BCS rankings came out, it featured South Florida as its No. 1 team, LSU as its No. 2, South Carolina as No. 3 and Kentucky as its No. 4. The following week, all top four teams were different.
The No. 1 team in the BCS rankings changed four times from Week 8 to the week before conference championship games. If you look at the rankings that final week before the conference championship games, only one of the top six teams played in the national championship that year.
The two teams in the BCS title game in 2007 included LSU (No. 7 the final week of the season) and Ohio State (No. 3 the final week of the season).
Most Times The No. 1 Teams Do Not Win the Championship Game
If history tells us anything, it is again that these rankings do not matter. Since the 2006 season, the No. 1 team in the initial BCS rankings has not won the BCS National Championship.
In 2006, Ohio State was ranked No. 1 in the BCS rankings from the time they debuted until the National Championship. But then they got wrecked by Florida, losing 41-14.
In 2007, the initial BCS No. 1, South Florida, was not even close to be considered for the National Championship game. Going into the title game, LSU was ranked No. 2 and Ohio State was No. 1.
However, LSU won the game. Since the BCS debuted in 1998, the No. 1 team is 7-6 in the title game. Rarely does a team go the entire season ranked as No. 1 and end up winning the national championship.
At this point, I think we all agree that the BCS is not a valid way to determine our college football champion. It has been this way for a long time. We, as fans, should follow the lead of coaches and players and pay no attention to the rankings. Instead we should...
Develop a Playoff System
The rankings will always be irrelevant because I, as many others, do not believe that it determines the true champion. The only solution is to build a playoff system.
As this photo suggests, we can use the same "rankings" that we have to determine "at large bids." This will allow teams to earn their way in through a similar ranking scale.
But then have the chance to play their way to the championship. Many others suggest that the bowl games be played somewhere in the playoffs so that no money is lost.
There are many different proposals out there. For whatever reason, the BCS has a death grip on the FBS and will not let go. Until the day comes that we have a playoff system, the BCS rankings will never matter.