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In this, Year 15 of the Bowl Championship Series, it has become abundantly clear that an alternative to the old-school bowl system, save for a true college football playoff, rates up there with watching paint dry or whatever godawful reality TV series happens to be trending.
The BCS is a failure. Always has been, always will be. It’s just too obvious to excuse anymore.
Influenced by the mutated, self-serving way that only power-hungry, control freak-crazy individuals, these being the leaders from the cash-cow conferences, can be, what has evolved … is a classic example of devolving.
In short, interest in the sport’s postseason has waned, not gained.
Tickets purchased to them or not, bowl games are not being attended anywhere near capacity levels. The empty seats at the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night were embarrassing and they were an improvement from the tumbleweeds blowing through the upper deck at the Orange Bowl the night before.
We’ve gone from several games having importance or intrigue to one being the end-all and be-all … and, yet, we still have as many arguments about who was really the best team that season as we ever did.
It’s not just fans, either. Teams often check out, too.
If they’re not in the national-title mix – i.e., the BCS championship game – then players and coaches shift their focus elsewhere, like the pros or wherever their next gig is. After all, what does it matter what they do in a bowl game … when it carries no importance?
No squads are more guilty of that than members of the almighty SEC, who routinely shut it down once the current setup deems them eliminated from No. 1 contention … and then have the quality of not only their own programs called into question, but those from their colleagues in the conference.
Hello, 2013 Sugar Bowl loser Florida.
It happens every season, not just this one, and the analyses, not to mention proclamations, of how the SEC is overrated begin … just in time to present a nice contrast to Alabama or Auburn or Louisiana State or the Gators knocking the snot out of any opposition in that end-all, be-all contest.
The BCS stymies competition, it doesn’t create it.
Change is needed – drastic change.
Granted, school presidents have passed a new agenda that will allow for a four-team playoff, beginning with the 2014 season. But is that enough? OK, so we’re looking at two games that matter now.
Go back and check the BCS rankings following the completion of the regular season, and you could make a case for nine of the top 10 teams having been the best in the country at some point, and, with apologies to Notre Dame fans everywhere, a case for the No. 1 squad having never been at any point.
Fortunately for the Irish, they have the history, tradition and good luck this past fall to be afforded one final chance to earn that distinction in Monday’s BCS title tilt with No. 2 Alabama.
But will everyone buy into it any more than they would have, say, 20 years ago … before the BCS ever started?
– When it came time to choose a successor for Urban Meyer, Florida opted for Texas defensive coordinator Will Muschamp over longtime Gators assistant Charlie Strong. After Wednesday night’s coaching beatdown by the latter over the former in Louisville’s 33-23 victory in New Orleans, how is that decision looking? Even worse, Florida just gave Muschamp an extension on his contract.
– Reports continue that Penn State coach Bill O’Brien is considering a jump to the NFL after one season at the Nittany Lions’ helm. Hmmm, wonder if he’ll return all those humanitarian accolades he received before he bolts to greener (yes, money greener) pastures.
– Best bowl game of the season thus far – how about the first one, the New Mexico Bowl between Nevada and Arizona? The Wildcats rallied from a 17-point deficit in the fourth quarter to win 49-48. Clemson’s 25-24 victory against LSU in the Chick-fil-A Bowl on New Year’s Eve wasn’t too shabby, either.