The Case For A BCS Playoff System

Dan SmithCorrespondent IAugust 6, 2009

PASADENA, CA - JANUARY 1:  Tournament of Roses President Ronald H. (Corky) Conzonire shakes hands with head coach Pete Carroll of the USC Trojans as John Saunders of ABC looks on after the game against the Penn State Nittany Lions on January 1, 2009 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  USC won 38-24.  (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

The Bowl Championship Series is a regular season playoff system that is very flawed. The BCS was designed to place the two best regular season college football teams into a one game playoff.

The biggest flaw in the BCS is that the parity of college football does not produce two clear cut, undefeated college football teams. Great teams like Florida, USC, Oklahoma and Texas in recent years have all slipped up during the regular season.

That is when the debate begins. Does an undefeated Utah team out of the Mountain West deserve a place in the BCS Title Game. Should Texas, who beat Oklahoma play Florida in the BCS Title Game? How do you explain a Texas Tech Team that beats Texas, then loses to Ole Miss, which beat Florida?

I call it a Quagmire.

And what is up with USC, the best team in the PAC-10, losing a conference game every year? Why does the Big East and ACC still get automatic BCS bids?

You have to remember that when you talk about the BCS, the C is always silent. College football is the only major sport league that relies so much on the regular season. That is the first mistake of the BCS. The only way to fix that mistake is to expand the BCS into, the very least, a four team tournament.

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Last year the semi-finals would have been Oklahoma vs USC and Texas vs Florida. The three games that would have ensued would have produced a National Championship for USC.

USC, which might have been the best team in college football last year, did not even make the BCS Title Game because of a bad lost to Oregon State. When you determine a champion without having the best team in the Championship game, then the system needs to be fixed.

I have a feeling that the BCS in 2009 is going to be saved. USC and Florida are going to both go undefeated. Florida is going to win the SEC Championship Game and the two best teams will make the BCS look like it worked.

Now, that is the best case scenario. We saw the best case scenario when Texas beat USC. We have seen the worst case scenario the last three years so we are due to see the BCS regular season playoff system work this year.

USC will beat Florida to finish off their perfect season and earn the National Championship. Of course, there is a lot of football to be played before January of 2010 and more than likely we will all be complaining about the BS, er, BCS around November 2009.


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