College Football can be commercialized too

It's that time of year again; it's after Thanksgiving, so it must be time for Dean Legge to start complaining about the BCS.

It's nothing new really, in fact it is something that I have become very good at: complaining about the Bowl Championship Series.

What's that you say, it gives us a national champion? As Lee Corso would say, "not so fast my friend."

There are numerous flaws with college football, and in fact much of the beauty that is college football comes from those very flaws. However, the nonsense that is the BCS is destroying college football. It must end, and soon.

First things first, the BCS does not necessarily give us a national champion, just ask the 2000 Miami Hurricanes. Although the Canes lost to Washington early in the season last year, they ran the table in remainder of the season and even beat Florida State, the team that competed against eventual national champions Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl.

So let me see here, both teams have one loss, Miami beats Florida State, so yea, Florida State gets to play for the national title. What?

The same thing is happening this season, it's just with different teams. Illinois has only one loss, as does Oregon, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Nebraska and Maryland. Heck, BYU is undefeated, but the Cougars aren't even close to the BCS.

So when does it start making sense? It doesn't.

I saw Terry Bowden on ESPN's Pardon the Interruption last night trying to explain that the BCS is like a playoff. Well guess what Terry, it ain't.

I am tired of listening to Disney (the parent company of both ABC and ESPN, and major benefactor of the BCS system each season) employees pushing the merits of the BCS. It is a joke. They are commercializing the game.

"The BCS is like a playoff system, just ask Oklahoma and Nebraska," said Bowden of his employer's moneymaker.

ABC and ESPN are making out like bandits in the BCS format, why would they want it to change? The BCS will never die without both ABC and ESPN throwing a fit.

But obviously the media and their view of the BCS is only one problem with the BCS. The other problem is that the BCS basically promotes one big game and ignores the other teams in the series and their national title hopes.

Florida and Miami are, in my opinion, the best two teams in the country However, Oregon, Texas, Tennessee, and Illinois are all basically being ignored in terms of national title talk. What is the problem with allowing all of these teams to play for it all?

At this point teams like Florida and Tennessee are going to end their seasons next weekend, meaning that this is the deepest into December that the SEC title has been determined. In a normal season, this weekend would have all of the title games and then the break between the end of the season and the bowls would begin.

So we have established that it is impossible to know which one-loss team is better than the other, and we know that teams are playing late into December with a bowl game still to come in January. So what is the problem with an 8-team playoff?

This season it would work like this; assuming that all that should win do win: Miami would represent the Big East, Florida or Tennessee would go for the SEC, Illinois for the Big Ten, Oregon for the Pac Ten, Texas would represent the Big 12, Maryland would represent the ACC and there would be two at-large teams, probably the loser of the SEC and Nebraska.

At that point the teams would be seeded, and depending on which conference had the higher seed the first rounds would be played in neutral sites in that region. The Big East could use the Orange Bowl, Fed Ex Field, or the Meadowlands. The Pac 10 could use the Rose Bowl. The Big 12 could use Kansas City, the Cotton Bowl, or the Alamo Bowl. The ACC and SEC could use the Peach Bowl, the Gator Bowl or Birmingham to host their games. And the Big Ten could use Chicago, Detroit, or Pittsburgh to host their game.

It would be another moneymaker for the conferences and schools involved as well as Disney.

There are always going to be inequities in determining the national champions, even if a playoff is used. But if a playoff of some sort were used, it would give 2 or 6 more teams the ability to play for the national title, and fewer teams the right to complain about how they were "screwed".

This season the national title will be determined by whoever is undefeated and whoever of the one-loss teams has the most media and coaches voting for them, as well as the computer clowns and their rankings.

But the scenario, that will one day happen, that should frighten the BCS is this: What happens when the winners of the ACC, SEC, Big East, and Pac Ten all have undefeated teams? I am sure that Terry Bowden will have an answer for us then. But until then, let's get rid of the BS and either go back to the old bowl tie ins or develop a playoff, the BCS is not getting it done.

Dean Legge is a columnist for Between the Hedges online.

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