Computers still tell who will play who in the championship
Big. Crappy. Screwjob.
That’s one nickname among hundreds. But whether you call it the Big Conference Sellout or the Biased Computer System or whatever, every college football fans know you’re talking about the BCS.
The latest way to determine the “true” national champion in college football is still full of contradiction, exclusion and failure despite 12 years of “repairs to the system.”
The Bowl Championship Series, as it is called, is not a true series. It is five overhyped games that pay teams excessive amounts of money to play each other. There is no advancing and elimination, just 10 teams playing five games, two of whom get to play for a glass football.
That’s all kinds of cool right there.
But frankly, the “championship” portion of the name leaves much to be desired if you are a fan of college football.
The last few championship games in college football have featured SEC teams squashing either a weak Big 12 defense or an even weaker Big Ten offense.
But let’s ignore the boredom of the games for a minute. There is a bigger problem: the system is notorious for leaving small-conference teams out of the bowls and keeping teams deserving of a title shot out of the title game.
I could go through every year and find a flaw, but I think a list of the top five failures can suffice:
5. BCS leaves Southern Cal out of 2003 National Title Game
Three teams finished with an 11-1 record — USC, Louisiana State University and Oklahoma — and Pac-10 champion USC is left out in favor of Big 12 runner-up Oklahoma. LSU beats the Sooners and USC pounds Michigan, causing the split-champion system the BCS was made to avoid.
Nice move there, chief.
4. Undefeated Tulane and Marshall left out of 1998 and 1999 BCS respectively
Despite winning all but one game by more than two touchdowns, the Thundering Herd was not invited to any of the four BCS games existent at the time. They would show their anger by beating the tar out of BYU in their bowl game and finishing in the top 10.
Meanwhile, Tulane crushed every opponent that came in front of them, at one point putting up 72 points in a game, but they still missed out on the big money games. They had to settle for crushing BYU. (There seems to be a pattern here.)
That makes me feel angry.
3. BCS chooses between five undefeated teams to play for the 2005 championship.
USC, Oklahoma, Auburn, Utah and Boise State all finished perfect on the year. The solution: Boise gets left out entirely, Utah is sent to Fiesta Bowl purgatory and Auburn, who played in the toughest conference of all, must watch as USC pounds the Sooners into the ground.
Anyone sick yet? Try this out:
2. Utah and Boise State, the only undefeated teams, miss the title game; Boise misses the whole BCS.
What makes this even more upsetting is that they didn’t even get to play each other. While Florida clocked Oklahoma in the title game, — anyone see a pattern with Oklahoma and the title controversy? — Utah was busy beating Alabama in a dome full of Alabama fanatics.
I can’t complain too much about Boise because TCU beat them in their bowl game, but if Utah can make ‘Bama look worse that Florida made the Tide look, shouldn’t the Utes have been in a title game?
This last one is just excessive:
1. Oregon and Colorado are left out in favor of Nebraska
The Ducks and Buffaloes each finished with one loss and won the Pac-10 and Big 12 respectively, but each had to sit out and let Nebraska play, who finished third in the Big 12, which Colorado won.
Oregon ended up blowing out Colorado in their game while Nebraska got their teeth kicked in by Miami. Big freakin’ surprise.
Bluntly put, there is more bull in this system than the National Finals Rodeo.
Now that you have seen the past, let’s look at this year’s model.
Seven teams are currently undefeated: Florida, ‘Bama, Texas, Boise State, Cincinnati, Iowa and TCU.
Those teams sit in that order with USC between them all at No. 4. (Here we go.)
We may get an early championship game this year, as Florida and Alabama will meet in the SEC title game if neither loses.
One thing that helps the BCS is that most people assume Texas to be the most deserving team, after the SEC champion, so no one will complain if the Longhorns get in.
But what if they fall?
Will USC make the title game over the other four? If not, who gets in?
Maybe the BCS will take President Obama’s advice and have an eight-team playoff.
But don’t count on it.