I am almost ashamed to say that I spent the better part of my evening watching the BCS National Championship Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Florida Gators. And from watching this game I have come to a conclusion: The BCS doesn't work. You can not play the championship game between two teams almost a month and a half after the regular season/conference championships are over. It doesn't make sense. Neither Florida or Oklahoma looked like National Champions tonight, at least neither of their high-profile, Heisman winning QB's did anyway. And it's not their fault, it's the system. And it just doesn't work anymore.
Before I go off on a quick tangent on the actual game, I want to say that I do not care for a playoff system much either. It will make the college season longer which creates two significant problems. One, is it increases the chances for these players to get injured. Two, and most importantly, it will keep the players out of the classroom for basically an entire semester. And these kids should be considered student-athletes, even if you and I both know that's probably not the case at some schools. But having a system that produces the two best teams and has them play a game for all the marbles after not playing a game in over a month isn't working. That much I know.
I'm also not here to debate whether Utah or USC should be considered for the No. 1 spot in the country, because ultimately Florida will be considered the champ and I really don't care all that much. I can't remember the last time I was so disinterested in a bowl season ever. And I do mean that. I quite frankly didn't care for any of these games and that might be another reason to change the system, to get the casual fan to become interested again in the bigger bowl games.
Quick Tangent: I don't dislike Bob Stoops. I am not a Bob Stoops "hater." To get a program into the Championship game 4 times in 9 years means your doing something right. But I had major issues with two of play calls. He left 6 points on the board by going for it on 4th down instead of kicking a FG and also failed to kick a FG as the first half ended. Even with those points, the Sooners still could have lost the game, but I think failing to score on those two drives shifted momentum over to the Gators and that might have cost them in the 2nd half. But both teams and QB's looked rusty enough to throw this theory out the window. I personally wouldn't have done it. But I'm not a Div. I-A/FBS football coach with a resume like Bob Stoops.
If I had a choice, I would advocate an 10-team playoff. Here's why: You get the 6-BCS Conference champions and then 4 "Wild Card" teams. These can be based off the BCS rankings or selected by a committee, I don't really care. Once you get all 10 teams, reseed them based on ranking, so that the lowest ranking team becomes the 10th seed, etc. This way, non-BCS teams like Utah or Boise State that outrank BCS conference champions have a higher seed. The top 6 teams get a bye. Then you have two first round games with seeds No. 10 and 7 playing each other and seeds No. 8 and 9. Re-seed like the NFL so the No. 1 team plays the team with the lowest rank of the first round winners, the 2nd seed gets the other team and then you have seeds 3 and 6/4 and 5 play each other. Standard bracket after this, no reseeding. All games played at home sites with the exception of the championship which will be neutral. It will only take four weeks and I don't like having 16-teams because I think it's two many.
All of this aside, this is the number one problem with the BCS: teams schedule towards the system. BCS schools don't take many chances outside of conference. To quote, "use the regular season as the playoff" argument, you need to make sure that BCS conferences schedule significant games against each other, which means stop picking on Duke, Washington, Washington St. and Syracuse and all those 1-AA/FCS teams and play against teams that can challenge you. Actually earn a 10 win season instead of giving yourself 10 wins on the easiest schedule every year. Once I can see the strength of schedule actually affecting rankings, then you know the system is getting better.
Because right now, the only thing I do know is that the systems sucks.