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Posted on: November 23, 2008 12:36 am
Edited on: November 23, 2008 12:52 am

I'm not a writer, but... 

Everyone knows the BCS system is horrible and we need a change and blah blah blah...But the BCS is here to stay for at least one more year and so we've got to deal with it. With two weeks left in the regular season and there has never been a muddier BCS picture.

The BCS system is based on the idea that teams like Ohio State and USC can ram through their schedules unscathed and in today's game where any team can compete with the big dogs that doesn't happen anymore. Obviously thats why we need the playoff.

But my main concern this year is how many teams are going to get the shaft in the big bowls. For the past couple of years because of what Boise State did against OU and what Hawaii and Utah have accomplished as non-BCS teams we've been under the impression that if you go undefeated in a non-BCS league you get a shot to play in a major bowl game. But with one week to go and 3 non-BCS teams are undefeated how can you possibly decide who earned the right to play in the BCS game?! It's possible none of them could clinch a spot in a BCS bowl.  

Think about this: with a win in the Civil War, Oregon State clinches a spot in the Rose Bowl. So that makes the Rose Bowl full, Penn State v. Oregon State. USC will certainly get the at-large bid in the Sugar Bowl or the Fiesta Bowl.

Now in the Fiesta Bowl-this is a complete mess. So if Oklahoma gets the nod to play in the Big XII title game and wins, they'll be in the National Championship against Florida/Alabama. Whoever gets second in the Big XII South between Texas and Texas Tech (Or Oklahoma) will get locked up in the Fiesta Bowl. Whoever loses the coin toss (or however they decide these tiebreakers) and is third in that division there's a BCS rule that only allows 2 teams from a BCS conference in BCS bowls. I didn't even mention Oklahoma State and how tough they have it. USC-Texas fills the Fiesta Bowl. So realistically Texas Tech can be 11-1, ranked #7 and not get into a BCS Bowl. WHAT?! 

Let's look at the Sugar Bowl now, if Florida wins they will go to the National Championship, if Alabama wins, they go to the National Championship. The loser takes the spot in the Sugar Bowl. The Orange Bowl is filled by two teams not deserving to be in a BCS bowl. This leaves Ball State, Utah, and Boise State, and UH OH Ohio State, all lobbying for that final BCS spot. The BCS being the money grubbing institution it is will consider Ohio State because of the amount of Buckeye fans they'll bring and how much more revenue they can generate from that.

So you have the Broncs, Cards and Utes faced with the incredible challenge of proving they're better than Buck team that lost to two teams that are BCS bound. WOW, is your head spinning too?! I'm incredibly frustrated by the fact that those teams who did everything to perfection throughout the entire season aren't going to have a chance to prove themselves as a legit program. Heck I think Utah has done enough to be in the National Title. They beat BYU, TCU, and now hapless Michigan, but the fact they didn't slip in any game means a lot. How much does an undefeated season and champions of the bowl mean compared to beating a top 5 team in the country on national TV. Those teams also miss out on about 12 million dollars in revenue that the BCS hands out to the teams that participate. That 12 mil could do an incredible amount for those teams who don't have a very big budget and can't fly their coaches all over the country like the big boys can. Well I'm tired, frustrated but nothing can destroy the emotion of college football, even an extremely stupid system that even our president (elect) hates.

Well I'm not a writer, but...I play one on TV

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