BCS Rankings Week 14: Will This Be Another Year the BCS System Fails Us?

Andrew Pregler@ACPreglerContributor IIINovember 26, 2011

SCOTTSDALE, AZ - JANUARY 07:  The coaches trophy is displayed during Media Day for the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game at the JW Marriott Camelback Inn on January 7, 2011 in Scottsdale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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I would like to start this article off with a warning: I have never been a fan of the BCS. The BCS is just a new way to confuse college football teams and ensure that they are making news each week as they compete with the big brother NFL. This video made by Sean Keeley sums up my feelings. 

That being said, this year is the perfect ammo for anyone looking to put together a solid argument as to why the BCS can fail. The dominoes are set up so that if all goes according to plan, LSU and Alabama will meet in the national title game, and for the most part all deserving teams will receive a bid to a BCS bowl.

The only exception is that the Big East champion will take the place of a Top 10 team that should be in its place. No disrespect to Rutgers, Cincinnati or West Virginia, but they are not on the same level as Houston, Oregon or Oklahoma, all three teams likely to lose the BCS musical chairs game.

However, the BCS could go completely nuts if Georgia defeats LSU. For those who are still confused, here is how the system would work: If LSU is the only team upset during championship week, then Georgia receives the BCS bowl bid allotted to the SEC. Alabama then moves up to No. 1, while Oklahoma State moves to No. 2, setting the national championship game. 

However, due to BCS rules, LSU, the No. 1 team in the country all season, will be left out of all BCS games. The BCS can only take two teams from a conference unless the No. 1 and 2 teams are from the same conference and are not the champions. 

Furthermore, Oregon, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma State, Boise State and the Big Ten and Big East champions are all poised to receive bids to fill up the BCS bowls. Arkansas, Houston, Oklahoma and Stanford are all Top 10 teams who will likely round out the BCS bowl team group.

This entire nice and pretty order above will all change with any number of upsets during championship week, which includes Oklahoma over Oklahoma State, Clemson over Virginia Tech or Southern Miss over Houston.

All of this is completely shattered if Georgia upsets LSU. So the real answer to the above question is yet another question: Will Georgia defeat LSU? While this game will be played in Atlanta, LSU looks far too dominant to be taken down by a red-hot Bulldog team. There is no way the BCS could survive that kind of chaos, and unfortunately for me, LSU will ensure order and defeat Georgia.

So for one more year we will hear how successful the BCS is when, in all reality, this season the BCS was held together by nothing more than a thread of a Tiger's hair.