Since its inception in 1998, the BCS has undergone more facelifts than William Shatner, all for the sake of accuracy. You see, this little brainchild came to pass because none of us trusted the media (or Coach's Assistants) to choose a national champion in college football. I mean we trust them to name winners in national elections.
Sorry. Bad example.
Now that the formula is changing, again, is the BCS saying the old formula (gasp) wasn't right? Does this void all College Football National Championships, prior to this change? It must! We can't have a champion using a flawed formula!
So the intent of the BCS was to minimize the "ninny factor" and find a true champion. At the same time, they stayed focused on placating the ancient bowl-weevils who circle the college football landscape every winter picking up the scraps of disappointing seasons and somehow making a profit from them (There's gotta be an Arthur Anderson joke here, somewhere).
The BCS's idea is that geeky, pencil-toting reporters, whose longest forward pass was completed with a felt football, were not to be trusted with such a decision as naming the "true" national champion. No. Their idea, for this most noble of actions, was to add the calculations of an additional set of geeky pencil-toters. Computer geniuses. Great! A group of engineers whose greatest football discussion revolves around whether Joe Theisman's leg was the last true right angle… Yeesh.
Maybe we should recruit Hulk Hogan to judge the next Olympic Ice Skating competition. How about hiring Bobcat Goldthwaite to commentate an upcoming round of political debates? There is a reason the College Football Championship is referred to as "Mythical". Jason and the Argonauts should be the BCS spokesmen.
How about a little perspective? Wasn't the game designed to be settled on the field? How can you truly call yourself the best, unless you've beaten the best on the field?
"That's already done." BCS supporters will tell you (And Jim Jones was the way). "The best already plays the best." They'll chant. Really? Now, before the Kool Ade wets your lips, maybe you can ‘splain this to me … In the 2001 Orange Bowl, one loss FSU played undefeated Okla-Winfrey.
No questioning OU deserved to be there under the current system, they were the only undefeated team. But, can you tell me why WE were there? Honestly, without your lip quivering? As I'm sure most of you remember, our one loss came at the hands of Luther Campbell University. (Insert your University of Washington/McNeese State excuse, here).
Now maybe we deserved to be there, and maybe we didn't. That's the problem. No one knows for sure. In fact those who told you we deserved to be there, aren't so sure. If they were, why do they continue to buckle to the annual outrage of why the system stinks? Didn't we already go through this with the old system?
Did Nebraska "deserve" to be there, last year? The only thing missing was the apple in their collective mouths. A great team whose gallant efforts kept two-loss Colorado from hanging a Cumberland College on them? "They were the highest available, ranked team based on the coefficient of clean jock straps to corn stains."
That's the BCS Lemming mantra.
Horse doodle, I say. How is it we, as fans, stand for an Ice Skating-like scoring system to determine the champion of the sport we all love? If you really don't want a champion, let's just play the bowls and say "fuggetaboutit", at the end of the season. Let's storm the BCS castle and say, thanks, but no thanks. We're not interested in seeing if we're better than anyone else. Let's do it for the boys!
The "A playoff would add too many additional games" argument. We're interested in what's "good for the boys." I'm not sure spellcheck, nor the editor of this column would allow me to print my true feelings on this argument. I do know one word that would sneak by:
NEWS FLASH! FSU will play THIRTEEN regular season games, PLUS a BOWL!!! Where are the "good of the boys" gang, now? I'll tell you where; In front of their televisions. Right next to "More games would be too tough on fans" and "It would diminish the regular season" gangs.
They'll be watching, or at, every one of these games. Then, at the end of the year, when a 6-4 Notre Dame edges us out to go to the Fiesta Bowl, they'll scream bloody murder at the inequity of the system (Despite their 73-3 loss in Tallahassee, ND gets the nod because of the little known "Catholic Priest Factor" in the BCS calculation).
Let me save you the enmity:
·Cut the regular season back to ten games.
·Use your silly little logarithm to rate the top eight teams.
·Tell the team ranked ninth to shut the heck up and win more games against quality competition.
·Play four games the last weekend of November.
·Play two games of the winners the first week of December (if the SEC is busy. Oh well).
·Play the Championship game on New Years Day, in New Orleans, every single, solitary year.
There! That's my plan. Love it or hate it, it's better than playing Nintendo to crown a champion. A playoff. What a novel concept. I wonder if other sports will catch onto this? Oh ... That's right ...