A BCS Rant on BCS Sunday

Later today the powers at be will announce the BCS bowl selections. Although pundits and fans have made many predictions and the tea leaves have aligned to make the announcement a mere anticlimatic event, fans will still display either joy, sadness, or discontent with the selections of some teams. Since the complaining about the Big East and ACC representatives started long ago, now (the time before the announcement) is the perfect time to set the record straight.

The BCS is not about determining a national champion – and has never been  –  it’s about money. The BCS is an agreement between the six major conferences (plus Notre Dame) so they can dominate the bowl payout revenue. The BCS conferences will take home about 80% of the payout. That’s 80% to the teams with highest Saturday revenues; the biggest stadiums, the most home games, the largest radio/TV monies, and the list can go on. For those who don’t know, “more” means MORE.

Look at these points:

  • Of the 10 BCS bowl slots, 6 are guaranteed to the champions of the 6 BCS conferences
  • Winners of nonBCS conferences must meet qualifiers to be one of the 10
  • No more than one nonBCS conference winner can earn an automatic berth
  • A second nonBCS conference winner may earn an at-large berth with it meets another set of qualifiers.

In short, at this time it seems Utah is in while Boise State, in the BCS Top 10, is out. Heaven forbid they used a system to determine the 10-best teams. Sorry Cinderella, no dance for you!

BCS conference members and their fans continue to disrespect the best teams from the nonBCS conferences: Oh how they are not worthy of being mentioned in the same voice as the power schools. Keep in mind that these schools are the ones who take BCS bowl revenue that rightfully belongs to those who created the format! After all, this year the Big 12 deserves three teams in the BCS bowls (although the BCS says no more than two), the SEC always deserves at least two (just ask them), and teams as Ohio State (and others) site a legacy clause as their right to be included and to discredit not only those undeserving nonBCS teams, but also the Big East and ACC champions.

Speaking of the Big East and ACC champions, they have earned their right to a BCS bowl in accordance with the BCS agreement. Suck it up and leave them alone! Better yet, try being humble and give them respect. Heck, let them play each other in a bowl game on national TV so they can get their paycheck while the elitist sulk.

The situation in the Big 12 South provides an interesting situation. To the fans of those schools, your problem is NOT with the BCS; it’s with the way the Big 12 determines its champion. Stop blaming the ACC, Big East, and non-BCS schools for your in-house problem. Would Oklahoma fans be complaining if the conference used the SEC’s tie-breaker method? What if the conference changes it’s tie-breaker method and it goes against Texas in the future? Will they then complain?

Hey Big 12, I have a novel idea. Cut back to 10 members, each team plays 9 conference games, determine an agreed upon tie-breaking system, and get rid of the conference championship game that is serves as one of the roadblocks to a playoff system. Oops … that can’t be done because that game is all about revenue.

There are, and will continue to be, those calling for a BCS Plus-1 game. These are the ones who attended the Bud Selig School of Decision Making and Problem Solving. What the heck will adding a game to a pathetic system do to determine a true national champion? By the way, that “solution” is easy to dismantle and solves nothing … so why not be like Bud and flip a coin!

November and December are full of BCS talk – and it will continue after the close of bowl season. Fortunately March Madness will soon be upon us. Sure discussions will occur about a team being left out and another who shouldn’t be there, but at least a champion is determined – a champion that everyone recognizes. And that champion went through a process that involves Cinderella capturing the hearts of many.

Meanwhile, for those expecting the BCS to get it right, remember this – it can’t! USA Today’s Christine Brennan defined BCS as Bogus Champion Selector. Well said!

In contrast to basketball, the wicked step-sister called the BCS doesn’t care much for Cinderella because it is a mythological story situated in the land of green greed while disguising itself as a method for determining a national champion – nothing more; and nothing less.