Problem: Conferences are allowed a maximum of two teams into the BCS Bowls.
This is one rule that is understandable but also a bit limiting. According to the current rules of the BCS, a conference may have no more than two teams in one of the five BCS games. This is understandable in that it limits the ability of one conference to have an influence in every BCS game. But many times we don't see a conference having three or four teams that are as dominant as we have seen this year.
The current conferences that are in one of the five BCS bowl games and how many teams they are sending are listed below:
- SEC: 2
- Big XII: 1
- PAC-12: 2
- Big East: 1
- Big Ten: 2
Out of those conferences, the SEC has two more teams in the Top 10, the Big XII has one in the Top 10 and two more in the No. 11-15 spots. The lowest ranked team in the BCS is West Virginia, who is ranked at No. 23 but gets the Big East AQ bid.
The SEC has been hurt the most by this rule. Arkansas is a 10-2 team and have lost to the top two teams in the nation. South Carolina is also 10-2 and its two losses have come to Auburn and Arkansas, whom at one point was ranked No. 3 in the nation.
The Big XII has also been hurt. Kansas State was a 10-2 team, losing only to Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, the two teams who played in the supposed Big XII Championship game.
Solution: Increase the number of teams allowed by a conference to three or do not count a team if it is playing in the National Championship game.
The SEC has both benefited and been hurt by the BCS. While two of its teams will play in the first ever same-conference Championship game, this means no other SEC team may play in a BCS game. The Big XII had one extra bid to the BCS, but the powers-that-be felt that Michigan and Virginia Tech were both more deserving.
Increasing the number of allowed teams would enable a team that has proven itself a chance to play in spite of two teams from the same conference already playing. Or if you do not count the team that qualifies for the Championship game, it allows the two conferences who make it to the Championship a chance to send two more deserving teams.