Stop Bashing the BCS

By Brian Curtis - November 17, 2006

I admit, I am in the minority when it comes to defending the BCS system. Most college football fans and most media experts decry the system and insist that a playoff is the ONLY way to determine a true national champion. But I disagree on so many levels. Here's why...

1) As my producer on Crystal Ball, Tyler Hale, likes to say, college football has been around for over 100 years and people seem to love it more every year. He's right. If the demand for a playoff was that great, don't you think it would have been instituted a long time ago?

2) For those of you with short memories, before the BCS system came into play, the national champion was crowned by a bunch of media folks in the Associated Press poll. Yep, the same pollsters, like me, who take so much heat that we don't know what we're talking about and how can we put so-and-so above of a team they lost to. Well, the reality is, is that for most of the past decades, some beat writers in Omaha and Austin and Athens decided who was worthy of being the top team in the nation, and multiple times, they decided that more than one was worthy.

3) Do you really think that a playoff system would stop the controversy? It wouldn't. Teams would decry being left out, where they were seeded, who they are up against, etc. It would simply shift the debate, not eliminate it.

4) And I don't buy the argument either that regular season games will still be so important. Yes, I think that Michigan-Ohio State on Saturday is HUGE and will always be that way. But let's pretend that both these teams are headed to a playoff, seeded either 1, 2, 3 or 4. Think the outcome still means that much on a national scale? Think the coaches wouldn't have sat some of their stars against weaker teams? Having a playoff would change the regular season. Games would take on slightly less importance, and that would be a shame.

5) The current BCS system is designed to reward teams who display excellence over a demanding schedule. If no two teams fit that bill, as in this year, then the next best team who came close to excellence over a tough schedule goes to the title game. It doesn't say that Rutgers or a one-loss Notre Dame isn't capable of beating Ohio State or Michigan, but it does say that a one-loss USC team may be MORE deserving because of what they did, all season long, against a more difficult slate of games.

6) And perhaps the best defense of the BCS, is that we've been talking about it since September. Every week, every day, fans and media alike debate it, push for their teams and otherwise keep talking about college football. Does anyone even care that college hoops in underway? No, and many don't even care until March, because they know their teams will still have a chance to play for a national title. That's not rewarding good teams, that's just being lazy.

Posted by Brian Curtis at 09:56 AM on November 17, 2006
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