It was compelling all the way around. Two of the most influential college football coaches in the game (Nick Saban and Bob Stoops) engaged in good debates with ESPN’s college football analysts over how college football should be fixed. I also liked the fact that they had an athletic director (Joan Cronan from Tennessee) in on the discussion.
One thing I’d like to touch on one of the subjects of debate: the method of how college football determines its national champion.
There are plenty of folks out there who think college football is better served with a playoff. I, of course, am not one of those people. College football has one of the most exciting regular seasons in all of sports because EVERY GAME MATTERS. Check college basketball’s March Madness to see how devalued its regular season is.
While I do like the current system, I’d offer one suggestion on how we can make the BCS a little more ironclad.
Add a “Plus 1”.
The “Plus 1” would not be implemented every year, only when the situation calls for it. The most common of those situations is having more than three undefeated teams.
Think back in January 2010 when Cincinnati, TCU, and Boise State were undefeated but didn’t play in the national championship game. A “Plus 1” would have eliminated that. TCU and Boise would have played Texas and Alabama in a pair of football games, with the winners playing for all the marbles. And no, UC would not have participated because its conference (the Big “Least”) and team were weak (it got its ass kicked by Florida in the Sugar Bowl).
We also could have used it last season because you had three undefeated teams in Auburn, Oregon, and TCU. TCU would have had the chance to play one of those teams instead of Wisconsin.
One last thing for the pro-playoff honks: no playoff system would work because of the following.
- No matter how many teams would be in the tournament field, someone deserving will be left out. Simply put, there would be more bitching and moaning from schools in that scenario than they are now about the BCS.
- Since NCAA rules do not allow for football games being played during exam week, the games would go on during the NFL playoffs. That would not be a smart financial move by the NCAA.
- The alumni of the schools in the tournament cannot afford to travel multiple times during said playoffs.
Look, I get that no system is perfect. The BCS is what it is, but if you get rid of the BCS, do you really want to go back to using polls to determine a national champion?
I think not…