Kansas State quarterback Collin Klein (7) celebrates with fans in the stands after the NCAA college football game against TCU, Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012. Kansas State is currently undefeated and ranked No. 1 in the BCS standings.
More like B-C-Yes.
While there have been many complaints about college football’s Bowl Championship Series and its way of determining the national championship game (and understandably so), the system has consistently matched the nation’s best two teams in the national title game.
The 2012 college football season is winding down. As is currently stands, unbeaten No. 1 Kansas State and unbeaten No. 2 Oregon would meet for the national championship. Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia round out the top five.
Unfortunately, this is the second-to-last season the infamous system will be in place. Earlier this year NCAA presidents approved a four-team playoff, which will begin in time for the 2014 season.
And while there’s no denying the fact the new playoff system will provide its fair share of suspense and drama, there’s a slim chance it will outdo the BCS.
For each of the past five seasons, the two best teams have played for the national title, with the best team ultimately winning.
With the exception of 2004, when Auburn ran the table in the SEC and unbeaten USC drubbed previously unbeaten Oklahoma 55-19 in the national title game, the BCS nailed it every year.
Since 1998, when the BCS was first put into place, nine of the national title game winners went undefeated. Eight of the 14 runner-ups lost only one game that season – the national championship. Only once, in 2007, has a two loss team played for a national title.
And in 2007, the two-loss LSU Tigers beat one-loss Ohio State 38-24 that year to win it all.
People have complained the BCS lets polls, computers and numbers determine the matchup, not on-the-field play.
That’s not true.
As previously noted, an unbeaten season in a power conference — with just the one exception — will land you a berth in the national championship. Lose just one game to a worthwhile opponent, and your chances are still strong.
Fans have complained about teams like Boise State and TCU — both traditionally strong programs that play in weaker conferences — not getting into the national title game, despite perfect seasons.
Ask yourself this– is it more impressive to slam a bunch of unranked team en route to perfect season or going 12-1 in the SEC, the nation’s top conference (that consistently boasts five or more teams in the AP Top 25)?
In 2008, the BCS paired unbeaten Hawaii from the WAC and two-loss Georgia from the SEC in the Sugar Bowl. 41-10 Georgia.
That’s why schools from mid-major conferences should not get called up to play with the big dogs.
The bottom line is that power conferences rule. Don’t like it? Play a tougher schedule.
With the BCS in place, every week is like a playoff game. It may be cliché, but it holds true. You see it time and time again. Last season, previously unbeaten Oklahoma State fell to barely-.500 Iowa State (who was 5-4 at the time).
Beat the teams you’re supposed to beat. In the four-team playoff, which could someday expand to eight teams, we could see some two-loss teams winning it all.
Is that what we want to see?
For the most part, the BCS has done its job. We’ll see how the playoff system works out.
Just don’t complain when a two-loss squad wins on a fluke. It’s bound to happen sooner or later.
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