Question of the BCS

President-elect Barack Obama points to supporters after his acceptance speech at the election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP)

President-elect Barack Obama points to supporters after his acceptance speech at the election night rally in Chicago, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008. (AP)

In the past couple of days there has been much talk about the BCS. Oklahoma head coach Bob Stoops, USC head coach Pete Carroll and Jo Pa from Penn State have all come out against college football’s championship.

Not only that, but leading up to the elections of the past week, now President-elect Barack Obama spoke out against the BCS saying “it’s time for a playoff.” However, some people still like the BCS and don’t mind how it stirs conversation and controversy in the land of college sports.

With that in mind I can’t help but think about the different choices and what I would like to see done. Obviously, there are a few changes that I think should happen in the college football landscape.

Everyone keeps talking about an eight-team tournament that would include the top eight teams at the end of the regular season. That’s a great idea, it really is … until you start thinking about how to choose the top eight teams.

Right now who would be in the top eight?

According to the BCS they are as follows:

  1. Alabama (9-0)
  2. Texas Tech (9-0)
  3. Penn State (9-0)
  4. Texas (8-1)
  5. Florida (7-1)
  6. Oklahoma (8-1)
  7. USC (7-1)
  8. Utah (9-0)

According to the Coaches Poll:

  1. Alabama
  2. Penn State
  3. Texas Tech
  4. Oklahoma
  5. Florida
  6. USC
  7. Texas
  8. Oklahoma State (8-1)

And the AP?:

  1. Alabama
  2. Texas Tech
  3. Penn State
  4. Florida
  5. Texas
  6. Oklahoma
  7. USC
  8. Oklahoma State

So which do we go with? Probably the BCS, but then you have to wonder about a few things. Mainly, how does Utah get in but Oklahoma State doesn’t? How about Boise State (9-0)? TCU (8-1, only loss to Oklahoma)? Or maybe Ball State (9-0)?

I guess what I’m getting at is that eight teams sounds great but would be just as controversial on how they are picked. So, what is my idea? I’m glad you asked.

How about a 10 team tournament with two “play-in” games? Yeah that’s right, 10. If you included 10 teams, then you would have the following teams — in my opinion — and they’d have a bracket set up much like the NFL playoffs.

  1. Alabama (9-0)
  2. Texas Tech (9-0)
  3. Penn State (9-0)
  4. Texas (8-1)
  5. Florida (7-1)
  6. Oklahoma (8-1)
  7. USC (7-1)
  8. Utah (9-0)
  9. Oklahoma State (8-1)
  10. Boise State (8-0)

I know that there would be outcry about not putting Ohio State on that list — because they are a “power” and sit at 11 in the BCS rankings, but how can a 7-2 team in a weak conference be picked over an undefeated team? I just can’t do it, and this is the top 10 from the BCS…convenient no?

Right now, I would have USC host Boise State for the right to face Texas Tech in Lubbock, TX., and Utah host Oklahoma State for the right to play at Alabama. Then it would be Penn State hosting Oklahoma to play the winner from the Lubbock game, and Texas hosts Florida to play the winner from the Alabama game.

The winners from that round can go to the neutral site championship game to get the winner. I think if you give a week and a half between games — remember this is over the school’s semester break and there would be no class conflicts — then they would have enough rest time and the games would be enjoyable.

I think it would be a good way of going about this problem, and it would be fun to watch. Questions? Concerns? Let me know what you think, or what you would do.

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One response to “Question of the BCS

  1. Pingback: Solving the problem of the BCS, part 2 « The College Game

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