I don't often talk to my computer, but the words of Bowl Championship Series executive director Bill Hancock in a USA Today op-ed piece last week had me mumbling.
"The purpose of the BCS is to match the nation's top two teams in a championship bowl game while creating a series of other exciting matchups. It's nothing more than that."
And an eight-, 12- or 16-team playoff system would match the nation's top two teams in a championship bowl game while creating a series of other exciting matchups.
"The fact is the BCS accomplishes its mission with a stunningly popular national championship game. It regularly draws more viewers than the NCAA Final Four, the World Series, the NBA Championships and the Stanley Cup Playoffs."
And seven, 11 or 15 games of a playoff system would be of no interest to any sports fan — especially that dull championship game.
"And it does this while maintaining college football's wonderful regular season and also by preserving America's unique multiday bowl tradition that rewards student-athletes with a celebratory bowl-game week."
(Note to USA Today's copy editors: Do other countries have bowl traditions that aren't multiday?)
This is where the BCS shows its allegiances — the bowls. It wants to make you think it's all about preserving a regular season when it's really about making the guys in the colorful sportcoats secure in their jobs — and those hard- earned, SWAG-filled bowl trips for players and coaches.
At 34 bowls, we're long past the relevance stage for many. If a playoff would do some bowl housekeeping, hallelujah.
Hancock also notes the Auburn-Alabama game wouldn't have meant as much with a playoff system. First off, ask anybody from the state of Alabama how important the Iron Bowl would be if both teams were 4-7. Roll Tide! War Eagle!
Then think about a scenario where with a playoff in December, unbeaten Auburn's playing for a No. 1 seed, which would either mean a bye in a 12-team bracket or the worst seed as a first-round opponent.
All one-loss Alabama would be playing for is a spot in the bracket. Yeah, not much on the line.
Hancock's main point was that the BCS isn't corrupt. It was a missed field goal away from having Boise State in the championship game.
For emphasis, he added, "And if the system were designed to shut out schools from the so-called non-power conferences, how could TCU — undefeated and No. 3 in the BCS rankings — play in the granddaddy of them all, the Rose Bowl?"
Hey, Gary Patterson, that Rose Bowl sounds pretty cool. Congrats. Has to be much better than an opportunity to be in a playoff for a national championship.
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