posted on Apr, 25 2004 @ 03:21 PM
Well, the BCS is back in the news. Not surprising. Nobody is going to be happy with how we crown a national champion. There is always something wrong
with this system or that system. Issues on the agenda include a new TV deal, and adding a 5th BCS bowl game. As long as the champion is based on both
the BCS and human polls, there will never be agreement if the race is close. Last year USC was ranked #1 in the human polls but #3 in the BCS
rankings. In the end, USC was not #1 in the BCS but still #1 in one of the polls.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Bowl Championship Series commissioners will take the first baby steps here this week toward fixing their controversial
system -- again.
Not that it will stop any of the crying that resulted from the most contentious season in BCS history in 2003.
None of the major issues are expected to be resolved at the annual BCS meetings that begin Monday and run through Wednesday. But the clock is ticking.
A new TV deal has to be negotiated. The viability of a fifth BCS bowl must be decided. Both would begin with the 2006 season as part of what could be
a 10-year contract.
The commissioners from the six power conferences most likely will begin the process of tweaking the BCS formula that produced a split national
champion last year for the first time in the six-year history of the system. BCS chairman Mike Tranghese is leading a push to reduce the computers'
influence on the formula. Last year, the human polls agreed before the bowls Southern California was No. 1, but the Trojans were No. 3 in the BCS and
were edged out of the Sugar Bowl by the BCS ratings.
There is no way we can crown a national champion if there are 2 separate ways to define a #1 team. Either we have to ditch the BCS or ditch the human
polls at the end of the season. I personally do not like the human polls, they are based on what you are doing today, not what you have done all
season. Fine, keep the human polls, just for posterity sake. Make them only 1/4th or 1/5th the basis for the BCS and use that as the only way to crown
a national champion.
Or, playoffs. 4, 8, 16 teams. The national title game is 4-6 weeks after the end of the season. Lots of time to play a tournament. Too many games?
restrict the number of games during the season for all teams to 10 or 12. BAH!