"Ive been disillusioned over the last few years (with the BCS)," Brown said. "What were working toward is a playoff. There are more than one, two, three or four really good football teams at the end of each year. Oklahoma is a great team. LSU is a great team. USC is a great team. How do you choose between them? The only way is to have a playoff."
Brown advocates a system where at least the top eight teams in the final BCS ratings would qualify for a post-season playoff within the current bowl structure. If that type of format was in place today (given the final BCS ratings), and if we were to pair college football teams in a process similar to NCAA basketball matchups, this would be the result: the Oklahoma-Tennessee winner would meet the LSU-Florida State victor. Meanwhile, the Texas-USC winner would await the survivor of a Michigan-Ohio State rematch.
March Madness would absolutely pale compared to December Delirium. But we may be no closer to any semblance of playoff because university presidents remain solidly against it while coaches are increasingly supportive of it, Brown said.
"Weve got a partial playoff system now," Brown said for the umpteenth time in the past four weeks. The point: each game since Oct. 11 has been a BCS elimination game for Texas. The hell of it is Texas did everything it could since mid-October to qualify for a BCS berth but was eliminated in our TV rooms Saturday night.
Which brings us to the conference championship game, and the fact that conferences like the Big 10 and PAC-10 dont require them
"Coaches voted 12-0 not to have a Big 12 Championship game," Brown said. "If there wasnt a conference championship game, none of this would have happened."
Brown was quick to add that upsets have prevailed in the Big 12 Championship (1996, 1998, 2001, 2003) and, as such, "there shouldnt be more outcry today than there was five or six years ago."
Brown refused to comment directly on Oklahoma, a 28-point loser in the Big 12 Championship but still the BCS No. 1, other than to draw the obvious parallel to Nebraska in 2001. The Cornhuskers got rolled by Colorado in the season finale, did not win the Big 12, but still advanced to the national championship game.
"We all want to win our conference championship but, two of the last three years, its obviously been unimportant," Brown added.
2003 REGULAR SEASON FINAL RANKINGS
7. OHIO STATE
6. OHIO STATE
1. OKLAHOMA (5.11)
2. LSU (5.99)
3. USC (6.15)
4. MICHIGAN (10.63)
5. OHIO STATE (14.28)
6. TEXAS (14.53)
7. FLORIDA STATE (17.93)
8. TENNESSEE (19.64)
9. MIAMI (19.79)
10. K-STATE (22.73)