BCS Rankings: What Tweaks Can Be Made To Improve the System?

Dr. SECAnalyst IIDecember 3, 2011

TUSCALOOSA, AL - NOVEMBER 05:  Nico Johnson #35 of the Alabama Crimson Tide tackles Michael Ford #42 of the LSU Tigers during the second half of the game at Bryant-Denny Stadium on November 5, 2011 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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The BCS is on verge of a national revolt if LSU and Alabama play in the championship. However, like it or not, the BCS is here to stay for sometime. The BCS system has never been about fairness, it is about power and control.

The greatest hope we can have is that tweaks will be made to the system to bring it closer to naming a realistic national champion.

The first thing that needs to be addressed is the issue of a non-conference champion being eligible for the championship game. If a team has not proven to be the best team in their conference, they clearly are not worthy to be in the national championship game.

What if the two top teams are in the same conference? Simple, they have not built a resume worthy of being considered for the championship game. There are too few games in college footballs to warrant a rematch.

The BCS should award mandatory points to a conference champion. This number should make it impossible for a non-conference champion to surpass a conference champion.

A higher number should be given to a BCS conference over a non-BCS conference.

The second thing that should be addressed is margin of victory in each team's win. I think it is important to reward teams for more impressive victories but not to the point that it leads to teams running the score up on inferior teams.

I believe that extra points should be given to teams that win by 14 or more points. The amount of the points rewarded does not go higher for 15 or more points—a team maxes out at 14.

While a loss hurts the BCS score in the current system, a win is not rewarded enough. A team should gain bonus points for a quality win. Points should increase the higher the rank. Points should be award for a Top 10 win and slightly less points for a Top 25 win. However, the points should not be issued until the final week of the season.

This will separate wins versus quality teams and early season pretenders. 

The final thing that I think is needed before the start of next season is a legit strength of schedule system put into the BCS computers. College football has come to the place where teams rarely play a solid non-conference schedule.

Instead they pay hundreds of thousands of dollars to bring in weak competition and FCS schools. Teams should be rewarded for taking on solid opponents and little reward should be given for playing glorified high schools.

I would rather see two teams with two losses play for the national championship than two teams who are undefeated and have not beat anyone of worth.

Lastly, I would like to see the system divided into regional voters. By dividing the voters up and comprising the total score, it ensures that the voters have actually watched the teams. We have too many people with voting credentials who never watch the teams they vote for play.

How can they give a valid credence to their vote if they do not know the teams they are voting for?

This would not fix a broken system but it would make it more efficient. At the current time we have biased media stuffing their picks down our throats and only supporting their agendas. We have come to a place where it is impossible to feel good about who the voters select.

College football is the greatest sport in the United States but it is being watered down by a horrific system and biased media.

I have said in this article the system is broken. The truth is that it was never working.