Look at the slate of bowl games this year and explain to me how this is not a seriously flawed system.
After you’ve looked over that slate of games, tell me you are jacked about the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsetta Bowl. Rave about the two meaningless non-BCS bowl games played in the middle of the BCS bowls. Even the big bowls seem to lack something this year. Who can’t wait to see blue turf Boise State play an Oklahoma team without their best player? Who’s all excited for the big Louisville, Wake Forest Orange Bowl?
Anybody that has watched one college football game this year knows that the BCS is a seriously flawed system. Coaches are on television politick for their teams, trashing other teams. Ohio State’s head coach refuses to vote in the final poll because he didn’t want to give a potential opponent (Florida or Michigan) bulletin board material.
Notre Dame makes it in at 10-2, get hammered in their only two games against a team that finished in the top 25 in both polls (they beat Penn State who was ranked, but fell out and they beat Georgia Tech which is ranked 25th in one poll). Their opponents finished with a .527 win percentage (77-69). If you take out Michigan and USC (both of who destroyed ND), the remaining opponents had a .451 win percentage (56-66). I’m not a Notre Dame hater, but they have no business in a BCS bowl game.
Who knows who should be playing Ohio State for the national championship? Florida, who only lost one game on the road in the tough SEC, or Michigan, who only lost one game to the other team playing in the national championship. I think that is the main point, no one really knows.
Despite having a completely flawed system, university presidents, especially those in the big conferences, refuse to entertain the idea of a playoff system. They make several excuses, but never are able to make an actual case against it.
Many say that a playoff system would extend the season too long. They were making the same argument before they allowed teams to add an additional non-conference game at the beginning of the season and a conference championship. So now, they have added two games to the season, which would have been too long if it were in the playoffs. Besides, how could the season go any longer than into the third week of January like it is now?
They say it would interfer with the athletes academics. That has to be one of the stupidest reasons. For starters, the playoffs would be held mainly during the Christmas break, with no classes going on. Secondly, football misses fewer classes than practically any other sport because they play, for the most part, on the weekend and they have fewer games. Students who play in the NCAA basketball tournament miss considerable amounts of class time, but I don’t see the NCAA losing sleep over that academic interference.
Some say it would hurt the traditions of the bowl games. This one is also laughable. First of all, the BCS destroyed all the conference tie-ins with the major bowl games. The tradition has long since been lost. Secondly, most of the other games have no tradition. They have been bought and sold by so many different corporate sponsors that no one can keep up with the names of the bowls. Not to mention the dozens of bowls that have been created in the last few years.
There is no real argument that the playoff system would be the fairest and all the reasons given for the current format are merely a facade for the only reason we have the flawed BCS – money. Right now, university presidents can make more money from the BCS/bowl system than they can from the playoff system. Once they find a way to make more money in the playoffs, all of the objections will fade to the background and the BCS will be long gone. It’s sad that education and athletics take a back seat to money.