Okay, so I'm not much of a college football fan. I'll admit that I'm a homer. I love the University of Utah because that is where I got my degree and I just can't stand my other option, BYU. So when it comes to College Football, I don't have much of an opinion on much of anything. But there is one topic in NCAA Football on which I do have an opinion, one thing that I am certain is slowly destroying the game, and that is the BCS.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Today on Sportscenter the football gurus are debating whether or not the University of Utah should be allowed a BCS bowl bid. They are ranked 8th in the BCS standings and this was before they beat TCU last night (ranked 12th in the BCS). Why is this a debate? The Utes are ranked 8th for hell's sake, they are 10-0 and have beaten three pretty good teams (Michigan at the Big House, Oregon State, and TCU). If Texas or USC have one loss they are still in the top ten in the BCS and no one ever questions their ranking, so why the Utes? I'll tell you why, it's because the BCS is retarded that's why.
The BCS is run by a computer and that's the first thing wrong with the system. Does a computer have the ability to distinguish if a team with a big lead puts their second string defense in at the end of a game and allows two late insignificant touchdown? Does a computer know about field conditions and how wind, rain, snow, and fog can keep a normally explosive offense from scoring the points they most assuredly would in better conditions? Does a computer know anything about heated rivalries that have been forged over years of hate-filled competition and how in such rivalries win/loss records are insignificant? The answer to all of these questions is no.
The next thing that is wrong with the BCS is that it causes teams andhead coaches to be A-holes in order for better numbers to be added to the complicated math problem that spits out the BCS standings. Urban Myers, head coach of the Florida Gators, called two time out in the last five minutes of their game against Georgia last week. The Gators were up 49-10. Myers was trying to score more points so that a better margin of victory against a quality opponent like Georgia could be added into the computer and help raise his BCS stock. This is the kind of thing that makes coaches kick an onside kick with two minutes left in the game and leading by three touchdowns. This is the reason you see teams beating other teams by seventy points. The BCS is bad for the game. It allows no room for sportsmanship, class, or mercy. We all know that USC is better than Washington State so do we really need to watch the Trojans kick the hell out of the Cougars 69-0 to prove it?
Are the coaches poll or the AP poll a better solution to the BCS? I don't think so. There is too much room for favoritism, speculation, and coaches don't care about what other teams are doing. They are too busy trying to prepare their team for their next opponent to take the time to look over all of college football and make educated votes. I think the AP just waits for the coaches poll to come out and then they reverse the order of a couple of teams and then post their poll. It's all too non-scientific for my taste. Is a playoff system the answer to this BCS mess? I'm not sure that it is. How many teams do you let in? Eight? 16? 32? The playoff system would create just as much controversy as the BCS has over the last few years, if not more.
Here is my solution. The NCAA needs a dude like Mel Kiper Jr. of NFL Draft fame. They need a dude with a computer for a brain and nothing else to do but look at the landscape of college football and decide who should be where in the standings. They need a dude who doesn't care if a team is from the Mountain West of the SEC. They need a dude who can crunch the numbers, look at the matchups, and calculate all of the intangibles to come up with some rankings that actually make some sense. At first look this may seem impossible. How can any one man be asked to do such a thing? But if any of you have watched Kiper Jr. run the NFL Draft show you know that the dude is a complete genius. He has info on who each team should draft and knows about guys best fit for the ninth round that you have never even heard of before. Kiper Jr. is a walking talking computer with a kick ass Eddie Munster hairdo. If Kiper Jr. doesn't want to do the job I'm sure the NCAA can find some guy who has won his office fantasy league for the last ten years and knows stuff about players you or I didn't even know existed.
Okay, so when it comes down to it, I don't have a real solution to the BCS mess, but I do know that something must be done before College Football becomes so mired in controversy that nobody can stomach watching the games.
Posted by Jim at 10:05 AM