“Every game matters.”
That’s been the slogan for the BCS on the college football season. The BCS acts like its system is better than any other system, because it supposedly keeps the thrill of the regular season alive. With a playoff system in place, the regular season would have no meaning, just like the regular season for college basketball has no meaning. Too many times we have heard it, and too many times they couldn't be more wrong.
Did every game matter when Utah went undefeated twice? What about when Boise State went undefeated twice? What about TCU last year? What about the 2008-2009 year when Boise State went undefeated and didn't even get into a BCS bowl game? Neither one of these teams even got a sniff of a national championship. It didn't matter whether they won every game or only lost a couple.
The BCS is corrupt, and in a season that was far from regular we definitely could use a playoff this year. Every game didn’t matter to some teams.
It didn’t matter that Alabama lost to LSU earlier in the year. They get a chance for redemption now while they sat at home on Saturday, and didn’t do anything. What if Alabama beats LSU 9-6 in overtime? Will LSU be screaming for a best-of-three?
It didn’t matter to Michigan, who didn’t even win its division, but ate sugar while the Big Ten Legends and Leaders champ knocked each other out of BCS contention.
"Michigan sat home on the couch and watched us," Michigan State quarterback Cousins said. "I don't see how you get punished for playing and someone else gets to sit on the couch and get what they want. If this is the way the system is, I guess it's a broken system."
It didn’t matter that Michigan State had beat Michigan earlier in the year 28-14.
It didn’t matter that Virginia Tech had one of the weakest out-of-conference schedule of any team in the top 14. It didn’t matter that the Hokies got blown out in the ACC Championship game by 28 points.
Yet, this is supposed to be fair. This is what all of us fans wanted, right?
We love to see teams get rewarded for losing. We love to give a 6-7 UCLA team a bowl bid. We love to give West Virginia, who hasn’t been ranked for half the season, a BCS bowl bid. We also love to penalize a team for winning. Southern Mississippi just cost the conference around $13 million for beating Houston in the Conference USA championship game.
We would much rather see a rematch of an atrocious 9-6 OT game over a high-powered Oklahoma State team, whose only loss was in double overtime the same week two of their beloved basketball coaches tragically died in a plane crash. We would much rather see Alabama play Oklahoma State, even though Oklahoma State’s 11 wins are far better than Alabama’s 11 wins.
Oklahoma State was not the only team that got hosed out of the BCS. There were some other deserving teams who don’t get to partake of the BCS monopolized share:
Boise State has only lost three games in the past four years. In 2008-2009 they went undefeated in the regular season, but didn’t get to go to any BCS game. In 2010-2011 their only lost was in overtime against a top 15 team in Reno, but still didn’t get in. This year their one loss was to the No. 18 team by one point on a missed field goal. Boise is ranked as the seventh best team in the nation, but will again have to play in an uninspiring Las Vegas Bowl against Arizona State, who has dogged the last half of the season.
Kansas State, ranked eighth, also got passed over by the likes of Virginia Tech and Michigan. And Michigan State, who beat Michigan as stated above, also got hosed.
The BCS is not 100 percent to blame for it though. The corruptness also falls on the hands of the voters. It’s the voters who decided to vote Alabama No. 2 in their polls. It is the voters who made sure that they kept Georgia and Michigan State ahead of TCU so they could not be elevated to No. 16 and an automatic bid.
It’s all the writers and journalists and analysts on CBS and ESPN that ranted for the past five years that the SEC is the greatest conference to ever play college football. Because of this bias, a one-loss Alabama will always be better than a one-loss Oklahoma State. No matter how atrocious the SEC’s offense has been this year, they are still head-and-shoulders above the rest according to everyone that has a tally sheet.
How can the BCS system say it's fair when we have agenda-setting coaches out there voting teams at certain numbers just to help their case?
Nick Saban voted Oklahoma State No. 4, and it's safe to guess that he did that to help put some distance between his Tide and the Cowboys. Missouri coach, Gary Pinkel voted the Cowboys No. 4 as well. Missouri is joining the SEC next year.
Why give someone like ULM's Todd Berry the right to decide who plays in the national championship? He and the Louisiana Lafayette coach voted Boise State 13th and 11th respectively. Sounds to me like Boise may have found some future non-conference games.
Something has to be done.
Writers and journalists, who have some sanity left, need to step forward and proclaim the unfairness of this system. Coaches and players need to hide the risk of persecution and say how they feel about the BCS. College institutions need to start forming more lawsuits against the BCS.
We need a playoff, and we need it soon, because right now every game does not matter. Every game is a joke.