Football Championship Series: Mid-Majors Get No Respect and Should Exit the BCS

Del KerbyContributor INovember 10, 2011

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 07:  The detailed picture of the logo on a banner before the Texas Longhorns take on the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Citi BCS National Championship game at the Rose Bowl on January 7, 2010 in Pasadena, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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 I said it, and I'm sure many of you reading this will call it drivel, but let's take a look at why the non-automatic qualifiers don't need the BCS.

The biggest reason is the lack of revenue sharing. The BCS AQ teams get a disproportionate amount of the money generated by the system, and the money is shared only within their conferences. 

When a non-AQ team makes it into a BCS game, not only must they share the money within their conference, but the other non-AQ conferences get a share of that revenue as well. 

This is just the first of many inherent inequities built into the system. I mean, really, the BCS is truly about making money for the six AQ conferences and Notre Dame; it isn't about crowning a true national champion, as many want to believe.

It just doesn't make sense for the mid-major schools to stay in a system where the predisposition is to keep their programs in the second tier with no chance of moving up. 

Also, the existing bias against the non-AQ schools makes it nearly impossible for them to ascend and play in the BCS Championship game, so why participate in this sham?

This is not subjective in nature and is obvious in the comments made by sportswriters, ESPN commentators and fans of the SEC, Big 12 and Big Ten on this and other websites.

Many have said the six AQ conferences should abandon the NCAA and form their own association, leaving the non-AQ conferences to remain in the NCAA. 

This is not necessarily a bad idea in regards to the mid-majors, and is definitely something that should be explored.

The scenario could possibly play out like this:

The BCS AQ conferences would form their own association, establishing their own charter to comply with federal and state laws regarding equality in sports. 

All games would need to be played against teams within the BCS association—replacing the four games played outside of their conferences against Football Championship Series teams and the bottom feeders of the current FBS. 

This eliminates the padding of statistics and provides a true look at the strength of a college's football program. The oft-quoted "Body of Work" test would truly be met.

For the mid-majors, they would remain in the NCAA and a playoff system would be created and sanctioned by the governing body. 

These six remaining conferences (along with the non-AQ independents) would then play for the NCAA National Championship. The playoff would consist of the six conference champions and the two best independents, for a total of seven games.

Since all of the non-BCS bowls are regional in nature, the new system could use those games as a way to create neutral fields of play. 

The revenue generated and shared among these conferences would probably exceed what is currently received today from the BCS—another good reason to exit the BCS sham.

This is just a pipe dream, however, from someone who has grown weary of the lack of respect for the mid-major powers. 

Teams like Boise State, where all they have done is win. This year's beat down of Georgia will be dismissed—if the Bulldogs win the SEC East—as a fluke. Last year's win over VT? Again dismissed.

Yes folks, the devil will buy ice skates and hell will freeze over before a mid-major ends up in the BCS Championship game.