Another Year With The B(C)S

Another college football season almost gone — another chorus of schools screaming for a national title shot that will never come their way, thanks to the clusterfuck that is the B(C)S.

After one of the most unimpressive showings in recent Big 12 Championship game memory, barring a revolt by the pollsters, we’re going to be watching Texas play Alabama for the National Title in Pasadena.  But are we really getting the two best teams in the country if that’s the case?  The answer is — who knows for sure?

Texas certainly didn’t look like a national title contender Saturday night against a Nebraska team that might not even be in the top-25 by the end of the weekend.  If not for a somewhat controversial call to put a second back on the clock at the end of the game — after an ill-advised play by Colt McCoy that nearly ran out not only the clock, but any chances Texas had at a title — then we might be looking at the worst nightmare of the “Power Conferences” — TCU, Cincinnati, or Boise State playing in a title game.  That would be a travesty, right?

No — what it would be is tremendously exciting — but we’ll never see it in our lifetimes unless much-needed changes are made.  The B(C)S is a creation of the major conferences — and really, we’re only talking about four conferences here (the SEC, Big 12, Pac-10, and the Big 10 — though the latter hasn’t exactly been the home to much high-quality football for a while now) — invented to throw just enough of a carrot to rest of the college football landscape while forever denying the majority of schools any chance at claiming the sport’s ultimate prize.

Well, I call bullshit on the BCS BS and all of the reasons given for why some sort of a playoff can’t be implemented.   Worried about the Bowl structure?   Keep them — it’s not like the majority of them matter anyway anymore.  They haven’t in a long time — at least not since classics like the Gator Bowl turned into the Eveready Long-Lasting Battery Bowl between two teams that finished 6-6 on the year.   Run eight teams into a playoff — implementing the major bowls — and let the rest of the teams get their consolation prizes in the minor bowls before the real fun starts.

The arguments about athletes missing classroom time?  Really?  Are we talking about players for major school actually attending classes that matter — or even attending at all?  Besides, an elimination of a regular season game — putting us back at 11 instead of the 12 teams can currently schedule — would serve two purposes: making room for the playoff structure as well as hopefully eliminating the cupcakes that seem to be a requirement for any major school’s schedule these days.  And let’s not forget that come mid-December, athletes won’t have classes to attend anyway due to the holidays.

But at always, don’t hold your breath waiting for the right, intelligent thing to happen; there’s too much money involved right now going into the pockets of too many schools with power over the system — and they’re not going to give up that control willingly.  And until the day comes that they do, we’ll be left with a lot of what-ifs — and a “national champion” that is as much of a popularity contest sometimes as it is a testament to the better football team.

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