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BcS SystemPosted Friday, October 9, 2009, at 12:58 PM
Much has been written in the past all over the internet about Bowl Championship Series (BCS), whether its in support of the system or against it. If you read between the lines, so to speak, you can pretty much guess which side I fall on before I am even type a word about it.
They call it the Bowl Championship Series, but really where is the series? There is only one game between the top 2 teams in the country and it decided by computers. The system needs to be scrapped and it needs to be scrapped now. Division 1 College Football (or as they have cutely changed the name to Football Bowl Subdivision) is the only sport where the championship game isn't decided on the field it's decided on a computer.
There are many cons listed by supporters of the BCS against going to a playoff system, some follow:
-It would make the season to long and hard on the players. The powers that be apparently decided adding a 12th game wouldn't hurt the players that much. FYI if a team is in a conference that has a championship game that team will play at least 14 games a year.
-Taking out the bowl games will lose money for schools.
-There is too much tradition with bowls to just get rid of them.
-The biggest cop-out answer (which is one favored by Kirk Herbstreit of ESPN and Ohio St fame) is that the regular season is the playoff. This is just a crock of BS. If this were true why have any playoffs in any of the other divisions or any other sport for that matter.
Here is my design for a playoff system that I think would not only work but would please just about everyone (I hope anyways):
-The field would consist of 16 teams, with 6 automatic bids and 12 at-large bids (the 6 automatic would come from the top 6 conferences every year. If that isn't acceptable then the 6 would come from the winners of the ACC, SEC, Big 10, Big 12, Pac-10, and Mountain West (yes I am a MWV convert)). Because there would be 6 automatic bids, every conference would be required to have a championship game, there's some of the lost revenue back.
-Teams would only be allowed to play 10 regular season games, with one of the non-conference games being against a non-cupcake team. Bringing in a playoff system would, hopefully, do away with most teams scheduling cup-cake teams as every win will be important.
-Bowls would still be able to stick around. There is no reason to get rid of the bowls as they are a tradition and it gives those teams that are outside of the playoffs a chance to still play.
-The playoffs would start the last week of December and finish at the end of January. Yes it would somewhat compete with the NFL, but with the Super Bowl coming later and later each February it wouldn't be that big a deal.
-The 1st round of the playoffs would be held at the higher ranked schools field, with the three remaining rounds being held in what are considered the top tier bowls, with the Championship Game being in a different bowl every year (much like the current system).
In this system, the two schools that make the Championship Game would play 16 games, which is only two games longer than most teams face right now and the same length as the NFL regular season).
Since the NCAA is a money first league, the preservation of the bowls would keep the revenue coming and the playoff system would actually add more.
To me it seems rather cut and dry and pretty easy, which is exactly why it will never happen.
For now anyways we will have to deal with the BcS System.
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