Like the system before it, the BCS has failed
By Tom Price Jr.
The Bowl Championship Series (BS…oops! BCS) was supposed to finally give Division I college football an undisputed champion.
In past years the BCS has escaped total collapse by actually delivering what should be championship games. But as many predicted this year the system has resulted in complete failure.
What was supposed to be a step forwards has actually resulted in an enormous leap backwards.
USC wins the PAC-10 and finishes the season as the Associated Press and USA Today coaches poll unanimous No. 1 team. That's a good thing right?
Not according to the BCS. The Oklahoma Sooners, who were trampled by Kansas State in their conference championship remained No. 1 in the BCS poll and LSU leap frogged USC with its conference winning performance against Georgia.
In any other sport in the far reaches of this earth a playoff system would be implemented to solve this problem. As easy as it is for a computer to compute the difficulty of schedule and all the other irrelevant material a simple playoff between the nation's top four teams could be played.
With three weeks remaining until New Year's Day, the NCAA could pit No. 4 Michigan against No. 1 USC and No. 2 LSU against No. 3 Oklahoma.
The winner of those two teams could meet in a legitimate New Year's Day Championship game.
With the BCS came the shredding of the New Year's Day tradition of major college football. In it's place, games like the Humanitarian Bowl, a football game played on a blue turf field between second rate teams from opposing conferences.
Tradition, which once was the basis for college football, has been replaced by computers and greed. Sadly until the greed of college and conference presidents is eliminated systems like the BCS will always be around. Debacle after debacle will force us to recall how good the sport was before it was tainted by corruption and greed.