First let me say that I know very little about the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) & College Football. Second let me say that I always want the best football team win the national championship. Third let me say that I don’t trust any formula to determine the two best teams to play in the BCS championship game. Fourth the only way to determine the best team is to have them play each other. Fifth I want to see Boise State have a real chance to play in the championship game.
There is a long rich tradition of bowl games, and there are some legitimate reasons not to abandon them. So my solution is simple… leave the entire system as it currently operates except for 4 (well 5) games.
Currently the BCS is a system that creates five bowl match-ups involving ten of the top ranked teams in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), including an opportunity for the top two to compete in the BCS National Championship Game.
These five bowl match-ups occur in the following 4 cities
- Glendale, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl)
- New Orleans, Louisiana (Sugar Bowl)
- Miami Gardens, Florida (Orange Bowl)
- Pasadena, California (Rose Bowl)
The championship game is rotated between the 4 cities, so one of these cities with host 2 bowl games.
My proposal would leave the existing BCS algorithm in place for determining ranking.
For the 2010 season here is what I would propose (as of 11/06/2010) using the current rankings.
- Boise State
#5 Utah and #6 Alabama would play in the “Rose Bowl”
#1 Oregon, #2 Auburn, #TCU, and #4 Boise State would create a mini 4 team bracket/playoff.
#1 Oregon and #4 Boise State would play in the Sugar Bowl
#2 Auburn and #3 TCU would play in the Orange Bowl
The winner of the Orange Bowl and Sugar Bowl would play in the Fiesta Bowl/BCS Championship Game
The BCS Championship Game will continue to rotate through the four cities.
While it isn’t perfect, having a mini 4 team playoff would give the four “best” teams a chance to prove themselves, and help ensure a true champion.
Even though Boise State may be the best college football team, I don’t think they will ever have a chance to go to the BCS Championship Game. A mini playoff would solve this problem.
For what it is worth, I think a mini playoff will make the majority of college football fans happy and is an excellent compromise solution.
Yes that is me on the “Smurf Turf” many years ago at football summer camp.