I am so over the BCS

The sorry excuse for a college football tournament, the BCS, has completely gone off the deep end. 

The subject of much debate, the BCS pretends to come up with a national champion from among the top conferences in the nation — as opposed to opening the party up to most, if not all comers. And in the process, it has completely ruined the tradition tied to the old New Year's Day bowl games. 

Look at this year — we're stuck with Oregon and Auburn, both of which have great programs, being touted as the best two schools in the nation. But what about the other undefeated schools? What makes Oregon and Auburn the "best of the best?" 

Strength of schedule, I keep hearing. Great quarterbacks, I keep hearing. Spectacular coaching, I keep hearing. But when I, in turn point to TCU and Virginia Tech, also both undefeated, I keep getting those arguments. When you open the party up to schools with only one loss, schools like Stanford, Nevada and Boise State come into play.

And let's not talk about the original bowl game matchups. As much as I like TCU and rooted for them this year, they had absolutely no business in the Rose Bowl. Wisconsin and Oregon would have been the traditional combatants — and if I accept Oregon in this "mythical" national championship game, then the next logical team would have been Stanford, who was second in the Pac 10. But no. We're stuck with playing pattycake with the Bowl Championship Series and the television money that goes along with it.

While I'm a purist, I recognize the necessity of coming up with a championship game for college football — after all, we have one for college basketball. But the logic falls apart again — in college basketball, we've got a tournament that opens things up to the best teams from across the nation, whether they're with the annointed conferences or not. It gives everyone an even chance. If you take this to its logical end in football, you can come up with something that would satisfy most everyone. It would involve another month's worth of college football, but the networks would love it, the school administrations would get much more money, and the fans would eat it up.

It's simple — take the bowl games and put the traditional rivalries back in place. The bowl games would, in turn, seed an 8, 12, or even 16-team tournament, which would play out over the ensuing four weeks. You would end up with a true national championship battle that would leave two teams to play in a grand, well-promoted game the week between the NFC/AFC Championships and the Super Bowl. The networks get their ratings bonanza, the schools get to split lots of money, there's much in the way of ad revenue to be had, and the fans get their real championship every year.

What's wrong with that? 

Oh, yeah. I forgot. It makes too much sense.


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