John Adams: Much-maligned BCS has been step in right direction

John Adams
Auburn players lay in confetti after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

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Auburn players lay in confetti after the second half of the Southeastern Conference NCAA football championship game against the Missouri, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Atlanta. Auburn won 59-42. (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

The BCS has been debated and cursed. It has been tweaked and re-tweaked in what has been a maddening method for determining a national champion in college football.

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jes71130#226731 writes:

What you say may be true, but it is the BCS and the BCS bowl games with their money that have blown up the conferences. Texas A & M & Texas no longer in the same conference and no longer playing each other? The same for MIssouri & Kansas. Or Oklahoma and Nebraska. Syracuse in the ACC? The list goes on and on. With no thought to the swimming team, the baseball team, the track team, the volleyball team, etc., and their new travel budget problems. All because of the BCS?!! Please, John, answer this for me.

ChesterDrawers writes:

Determining the teams to play in the NC game is like trying to pick Miss America finalists. Even the prettiest and most talented of girls often do not make the finals because they may have had just one slip-up or a particular judge may have a bias. Having a playoff system will help, but even when 4 teams are selected for the playoffs, the 5th team will moan and groan over their being "overlooked"!

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

in response to ChesterDrawers:

Determining the teams to play in the NC game is like trying to pick Miss America finalists. Even the prettiest and most talented of girls often do not make the finals because they may have had just one slip-up or a particular judge may have a bias. Having a playoff system will help, but even when 4 teams are selected for the playoffs, the 5th team will moan and groan over their being "overlooked"!

And if the field were 64 then whoever was 65 would cry.

fannotsheep writes:

The maximum number they'll go to is 8. That's three weekends and probably the most you can do without having home teams hosting first round games. College football is different than pro and I, for one, don't want 8 or 9-win teams playing for the title.

I hate that baseball doesn't match the two best teams. The regular season, where a 5-man rotation is key, goes straight out the window -- all that matters in the post-season is who has the two best starting pitchers.

The NBA system is a complete joke. Look at the Atlantic Division in the Eastern Conference. The teams are a combined 32 games under .500, and only 3 teams in the entire East have winning records. Only Miami and Indiana would make the playoffs if they were in the West.

Some things are more important than a playoff. Like the regular season. The BCS gave us the best two teams in the title game more often than any pro sport -- or March Madness -- ever will.

Tao_of_Tennessee writes:

I like the idea of present system and a plus one game. Then you have an opportunity for an upstart (like a Boise State or Utah) to get a shot at the NC game by beating a BCS powerhouse team in a bowl. A four team playoff will not allow that. And of course there will be 8 teams in the playoff in no time which you might argue corrects for the Boise State situation, but I do not think the number 8 team in country deserves to play for a championship. It diminishes the value and excitement of EVERY SINGLE REGULAR season game

No other sport garners the same level of excitement of every single regular season game like college football. Look at college game day on ESPN. It has the same atmosphere of a NFL playoff game, only it is happening every single weekend somewhere in the country.

gfergus3#1436871 writes:

I am a die hard Tennessee fan, and I have been my whole life. I feel that this article has its strengths, but I find it almost hysterical by calling Auburn and Florida State the most qualified teams in the nation. Has everyone forgot about Alabama?!? How they have decisively beat everybody down, besides one faulty field goal play! Is it that easy to jump on the bandwagon and call Auburn the most deserving team when they almost got beat by a banged up Georgia team? Not to mention that Florida State doesn't play near the caliber teams that the SEC schools have to every weak. Say the BCS is a faulty system but spare me with saying the two teams playing for the championship are the most qualified.

fannotsheep writes:

in response to gfergus3#1436871:

I am a die hard Tennessee fan, and I have been my whole life. I feel that this article has its strengths, but I find it almost hysterical by calling Auburn and Florida State the most qualified teams in the nation. Has everyone forgot about Alabama?!? How they have decisively beat everybody down, besides one faulty field goal play! Is it that easy to jump on the bandwagon and call Auburn the most deserving team when they almost got beat by a banged up Georgia team? Not to mention that Florida State doesn't play near the caliber teams that the SEC schools have to every weak. Say the BCS is a faulty system but spare me with saying the two teams playing for the championship are the most qualified.

Auburn beat Alabama. Maybe Saban got outcoached at the end but coaching is part of it. That was decided on the field and regardless how much more talent Alabama may have, they couldn't win the game. You can't take two one-loss teams and say the team that lost their head-to-head meeting deserves to go. And no other one-loss team played the schedule Auburn did.

Tennessee may not have been the best team in the country when we won, but we played the game and won. We got lucky more than a couple times that year, but we were the last team standing and we were undefeated.

Florida State probably will win, but I won't count Auburn out, not after the miracles they've had to get here. This may be their lucky year.

twilson1028#1422474 writes:

The impetus behind the creation of the BCS was to take away much of the bias or subjectivity that the two major polls (AP & Coaches) poll) had over the national champion.

It's ironic to me that the football playoff is about to be left to a group in a smoke-filled room deciding who the best four teams are that should participate in the football playoff.

I give the new system 2-3 years before the public outcry is so great that we finally get an eight-team playoff.

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