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The Death of the BCS?

RevMike (632002) writes | more than 7 years ago

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Is this the year that we finally witness the death of the BCS?

After Rutgers beat formerly undefeated Louisville last night the natural order of Div-I college football is at risk. The national championship should have been decided when an undefeated Louisville was faced the undefeated winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game. Louisville now has their first loss, and now six or seven teams can argue that, at one loss, they should be the challenger for the title.

Is this the year that we finally witness the death of the BCS?

After Rutgers beat formerly undefeated Louisville last night the natural order of Div-I college football is at risk. The national championship should have been decided when an undefeated Louisville was faced the undefeated winner of the Michigan-Ohio State game. Louisville now has their first loss, and now six or seven teams can argue that, at one loss, they should be the challenger for the title.

But Rutgers is undefeated. Going into last night they were ranked 13, and if they finish out their last three games with wins, including a win against West Virginia, they'll probably be ranked in the top 8 or 6.

How can a highly ranked, undefeated team, a team who defeated the number 3 team late in the season, not have the opportunity to play for the championship?

Maybe next year we'll have a tournament.

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weak schedule (1)

RailGunner (554645) | more than 7 years ago | (#16793528)

How can a highly ranked, undefeated team, a team who defeated the number 3 team late in the season, not have the opportunity to play for the championship?

By playing a patsy schedule. Sure, they knocked off #3, but outside of Louisville (who I also thought was overrated) who else have they played?

The National Championship game is Nov 18th - the winner of the Ohio State Michigan game will likely run over their opponent in the BCS Championship game.

My pick: Ohio State

It ain't over 'til it's over... (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 7 years ago | (#16794218)

Wait two or three more weeks, and see how this sorts itself out. Everybody gets worked up around this time of year, but the story isn't over yet.

Besides, I just wish people would realize that we don't actually have (or need) a true National College Football Championship. With over 100 teams in the mix, and only enough time to play 12 games or so a year, you don't have a meaningful way of determining a true champion.

Somehow, we survived for decades with the Bowl Game system, which allowed a dozen teams to end their season on a high note, fostered the regional flavor and strength of the game, and provided tangible goals to each of the conference contenders. Now, anything less than a national championship is deemed a failure, and the "lesser" bowls have been diminished, all because a coven of ESPN hypesters and gambling addicts want the extra action a "Super Bowl of College Football" brings.

Re:It ain't over 'til it's over... (1)

ces (119879) | more than 7 years ago | (#16795222)

Somehow, we survived for decades with the Bowl Game system, which allowed a dozen teams to end their season on a high note, fostered the regional flavor and strength of the game, and provided tangible goals to each of the conference contenders. Now, anything less than a national championship is deemed a failure, and the "lesser" bowls have been diminished, all because a coven of ESPN hypesters and gambling addicts want the extra action a "Super Bowl of College Football" brings.

I miss the pre-BCS Rose Bowl. You used to know no matter what that the winner of the Rose Bowl had proven themselves the best of 2 tough teams. For pac-10 and big-10 schools simply winning the conference and going to the Rose Bowl was the goal of the season (though beating your top rival came a close second). Anything after that was gravy.

Did this mean that some of the best teams in college football went all season without playing each other? Yep. But the arguments over which team was really the 'best' that year were part of what made college football fun. Team A might be in a weak conference or have a weak schedule whereas team B was in a tough conference with a tough schedule. Team A was undefeated where team B might have a loss or two against a tough opponent. While the rankings try to capture these differences most feel they fail more often then they succeed.
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