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Death to the BCS. A new book goes after the BCS — the Bowl Championship Series — and the big money fruits of college football.

TCU wide receiver Jimmy Young (88) is stopped by Wisconsin linebacker Mike Taylor (53) during the first half of the Rose Bowl, Jan. 1, 2011, in Pasadena, Calif. (AP)

If you think those blackbirds were freaked out in Arkansas, just try talking to college football fans about the college Bowl Championship Series. You’ll have foaming at the mouth in five seconds.

Never mind the GoDaddy.com Bowl, the Meineke Car Care Bowl, the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.

It’s the big series, culminating Monday night with Auburn versus Oregon that makes some fans crazy.

It’s crazy, they say. Corrupt. Phony. Fraud. Not to mention, say academic critics, it’s part of a system that’s robbing resources from real, strapped education.

We hear the new cheer – “Death to the BCS.”

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests:

Jeff Passan, columnist for Yahoo! Sports and co-author of Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against The Bowl Championship Series.

Kevin Blackistone, national columnist for the AOL sports Web site FanHouse.com and a frequent panelist on ESPN’s “Around the Horn” sports roundtable.

Murray Sperber, visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley School of Education and professor Emeritus of English and American Studies at Indiana University. He’s author of Beer & Circus: How Big-Time College Sports is Crippling Undergraduate Education.

Here’s an excerpt from Death to the BCS (courtesy of Gotham/www.deathtothebcs.com):

For two years, we pored over thousands of pages of tax filings, university contracts, and congressional testimony. We criss-crossed the country interviewing the pertinent power players in college football, on and off the record. We filed dozens of Freedom of Information requests. We wanted to answer one question: Why is college football really saddled with the brain-dead Bowl Championship Series? We sought the truth because tens of millions of fans deserve it.

We discovered an ocean of corruption: sophisticated scams, mind-numbing waste, and naked political deals — enough to prove that the confused excuses spat out by the suits in charge and regurgitated by their well-paid public relations people are empty drivel. While the sleaze should be enough to cause the death of the BCS, it’s simply emblematic of a long battle best represented by two men. One stands for common sense and the possibilities the great game can offer. The other is about protecting the one-sided system that enriches and empowers the very few who led college football into this morass, even as it runs counter to their teams’ competitive interests.

You’ve heard of the first. His name is Joe Paterno. He’s the eighty-three-year-old icon who, after sixty-one seasons coaching at Penn State, the last forty-five as head coach, is as steadfast a proponent of a playoff as ever. He is us. He is you. He is everyone whose gag reflex engages upon the mere thought of how college football crowns its national champion.

You might not have heard of the other. His name is Jim Delany. He’s the balding, sixty-two-year-old former assistant district attorney who is the commissioner of Penn State’s conference, the Big Ten. He is one of the most powerful people in college athletics. His influence far outweighs that of even the NCAA president, because Delany belongs to the group that hijacked college football and refuses to let go.

Paterno may be the king of the sport, but Delany is the ayatollah, speaking the word of God.

And that word is no.

No to a playoff . No to an extra championship game following the bowl season. No to any semblance of sanity in America’s greatest spectator sport. No to anything but the loathsome, odious, reviled BCS.

For twelve years, the BCS has decided the national champion at the highest level of college football, Division I-A. Two human polls and one computer ranking combine to determine the two teams that play in the BCS National Championship Game. Other top-ranked teams go to the BCS-supported Rose Bowl, Sugar Bowl, Orange Bowl, and Fiesta Bowl. Delany helped run the BCS amid widespread skepticism. It’s been a bigger disaster than anyone could have imagined. Its approval rating hovers around 10 percent. And yet Delany draws the following conclusion: “It’s been incredibly successful.”

For him and his cronies, sure. The BCS is a group of similar businesses that bands together in search of money and power, harming the public along the way. It gives off a wretched smell—that of a cartel. While a labor lawyer might disagree on the word’s usage, it fits for the BCS power brokers: Rather than jack up gas prices or cut off the oil supply like OPEC can, the college football Cartel controls the postseason and the revenue it generates while pretending a playoff would put at risk something as sacred as the history and tradition of the Papajohns.com Bowl.

Officially, the BCS is run by twelve men: the commissioners of major college football’s eleven conferences and the athletic director of Notre Dame. Realistically, six men control college football: the commissioners of the Atlantic Coast, Big East, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-10, and Southeastern conferences. They squirrel away the sport’s revenues, crush any challenge to their supremacy, and make decision after ill-fated decision that takes college football eons further from what its fans want. Alongside Delany, Mike Slive (SEC), Dan Beebe (Big 12), John Swofford (ACC), Larry Scott (Pac-10), and John Marinatto (Big East) guide the BCS to a place where their conferences receive automatic bids to the BCS games with massive payouts. This is college football’s Cartel.

While the big six conferences hogged 82.3 percent of the $155.2 million paid out by BCS games last year, the Mountain West Conference, Western Athletic Conference, Mid-American Conference, Conference USA, and Sun Belt Conference scraped along with the leftovers. The Cartel and the BCS exist to consolidate control among the power conferences and position themselves to never let go. Suggesting a playoff to the Cartel is futile because it doesn’t care how big the postseason revenue pie gets or even if its slice would grow. It simply wants to ensure that no one else holds the knife.

The six Cartel members work with a legion of henchmen — the executive directors of a couple dozen bowl games and a few high-powered athletic directors and school presidents — to dictate how the sport operates. Formally, the Cartel doesn’t exist. Neither, for that matter, does the BCS. It’s not a legal construct, just a series of contracts among various entities, which makes it hard for opponents to trace it, sue it, or pin it down. As much as some government officials would love to bust it using the Sherman Antitrust Act before the current BCS television deals run out in 2014 — the Justice Department announced in January that it might open an investigation — the case is not a certain winner, even if the BCS seems so patently wrong.

Five teams finished the 2009 regular season with perfect records. Since the BCS exists to provide a title game between the two teams it deems best — and, more often than not, the results are controversial thanks to flawed ranking systems — the other three undefeated teams were left with consolation matchups. This is not the best way to determine a national champion as much as a get-rich, stay-rich scheme carried out at the expense of fairness, taxpayers, and college football fans. “It has given the commissioners power and significance,” said Gene Bleymaier, the athletic director at Boise State University. “Prior to this, conference commissioners had very little power. No one knew them. They had very little significance outside of their conference.”

Paterno is too old to care about perceived power. He wants what’s fair, and that is a playoff. Four times he led Penn State to undefeated seasons and didn’t win a national championship. Perhaps no other person has been so wronged by the lack of a proper postseason. It may be the only issue where Paterno is considered a forward-thinking revolutionary. Paterno translated The Aeneid from Latin to English in high school and said the epic poem guides his coaching style. He claimed he has neither sent nor read an e-mail in his life. When the NCAA imposed legislation that limited coaches sending text messages to recruits, he was baffled.

“I thought it was tech messaging — T-E-C-H,” Paterno told The New York Times.

Paterno knew how to use the phone, and one particular day the lack of a playoff so aggrieved him that he called Delany. Paterno didn’t hold back. The Cartel can make anything happen in college football, and even Paterno, a man who loathes change, understood college football needed it. Delany told Paterno the university presidents with the power to change the system were pro-BCS. Paterno insisted the presidents would follow wherever Delany led. Delany didn’t budge. The call ended without resolution. Nothing would change.

The Cartel doesn’t just laugh at Joe Paterno. It laughs at you, too. The joke is on fans who dream of college football finding a postseason worthy of its pageantry. Even the leader of the free world is beyond its reach. In November 2008, President-elect Barack Obama declared the sport needed a playoff . Delany treated the president of the United States the same way he does every challenger to his monopoly: He dismissed him. “I think it’s that time of year,” he told Pete Thamel of The New York Times.

The Cartel entrenched itself through a campaign that spreads misinformation and perpetuates falsehoods. Debate about how to fix college football is ill-informed and often dizzies the participants. This is exactly how the powers that be want it. By shrouding the most important part of their sport in confusion and mystery, and by tossing out phony arguments and distracting canards, and even by having spokesmen obfuscate not just to the public but to Congress, the Cartel has so waylaid college football that even a do-anything spirit like Joe Paterno throws his hands up in defeat.

Fortunately, we know a few things Paterno doesn’t.

We know how the BCS really works, or, more accurately, doesn’t work. It’s every bit as troubling as the old coach can imagine. Because of the BCS, universities have blown nearly $2 million paying for empty seats at a single game. Because of the BCS, athletic directors cash $30,000-plus bonus checks, even for sending teams to the lowliest of bowl games. Because of the BCS, teams are rewarded for waltzing through cupcake schedules every fall. Because of the BCS, Division I-A college football is the only sport in which the NCAA declines to crown an official national champion.

There is no smoking gun with the BCS. The BCS is the smoking gun.

More:

The Oregon Ducks are heading to the BCS National Championship. See some video of them. And the Auburn Tigers are heading to the BCS title game, too. See some season highlights.

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  • Caryn

    I have *never* understood the bowl system. It is a travesty that there is no playoff! And to blame the lack of playoff on cheerleaders’ and players’ families is beyond the pale. Those involved in sports know how to juggle holidays and schedules. My question is this: can’t the bowl games be assigned to levels in a playoff? As in, the division champs play in the independence bowl, then the winners if those regional games play in the next bowl (I dunno, the orange bowl), and the national champ game being the rise bowl?

  • Harry

    While this discussion will doubtless evoke the same level of passion among listeners that comes across in the excerpt, I can’t help but ask, does college football serve higher education? The football coach is often the highest paid employee on campus. There is a wide and deep record of student-athletes being “helped along” in their studies in ways that are corrupt, unfair to other students and often rob the athletes of any meaningful education. It is even unclear whether football programs ultimately benefit universities financially. Yet the prestige of a University seems to be tied to the success or failure of its football team. Building school pride is fine but this all seems way out of proportion and one might argue, symptomatic of the sort of competitive American nationalism that gets us into trouble.

  • Lon in Appleton, WI

    Rah rah guys like the authors of the extended excerpt above are all tried and true products of the university system and now have what is equivalent to the ex-cheerleader boy George Bush as an employment.

    There’s one sentence which has to be questioned in the above excerpt. “More football is always better.”

    Sure and I think that there should college NASCAR started next season along with the Golf, Tennis and all the other exhibition tournaments that are the distractions from all that is needed for and by education.

    Anyone who hasn’t seen the film “Idiocracy” by now, should.

  • Philip

    Harry,
    There are instances where coaches (football, or basketball) are among the highest paid state employees (see http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3924716).

    It is clear to me, especially after the precedent setting and integrity crippling decision to allow Cam Newton to retain his eligibility and keep TCU out of the title game, that it is no longer about the game or the student-athletes but instead is about the advertisers and the alphabet soup of networks. Go team $$$!

  • Mark Sartor

    I haven’t been able to see almost ANY of the bowl games this year and NONE of the BCS games, because they are ALL on Cable! I haven’t been able to afford cable. Will the NFL also go over to Cable, and thus not reach the widest audience possible, in a quest for more cable $$$??

    (FInally, I have a place to vent on this topic, I’m ferklempt about this!)

  • Philip

    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=3924716

    try this link, the “)” messed up the previous post.

  • John from Plainville MA

    How about schools like UNH or other mid size universities that have relatively large athletic programs but do not play in big time conferences in any sport that have the potential to make BCS kind of money?

    One of my mandatory student fees while at UNH was a nearly 2500 dollar “Athletics Fee.” That was nearly 10% of my out of state tuition! However, that wasn’t it- I came to find out from administration that money was also directed towards the atheletics department from each student’s tuition ON TOP of that athletics fee. I love college sports more than the next guy, but that is some serious money to be spending on sports when half the time the bathrooms in the social sciences buildings were out of order due to disrepair.

  • at

    Football causes brain damage it is true, but I didn’t realize that it wasn’t restricted to the players.

  • Rex Henry, Washington, DC

    1-Worst bowl name:
    Franklin American Mortgage Company Music City Bowl

  • ThresherK

    Can someone explain how the Fiesta Bowl became a BCS top-tier bowl game? I know the Rose, Sugar and Orange Bowls’ places in history. But how did the Fiesta jump ahead of the Peach, Cotton, Sun, Liberty, Holiday, Gator, or Citrus?

    (PS I’m quite prepared for the answer to be ‘a big payoff to the right people’.)

    Personally I’d be fine with scrapping the BCS for the fake veneer of a purported championship. As the TCUs and other have-nots aren’t going to get to play through (contrasted to Butler in the basketball tourney this spring), I’d rather going back to the mythical championship.

  • Chris (Waltham, MA)

    1. What exactly IS a Bowl Championship Series?

    2. Which horrid uniforms will Nike force Oregon to wear this time?

    3. College football is great on fall Saturdays, but staging a so-called championship game on a Monday in mid-January is atrocious. I never stay up to see the end of this thing.

  • http://zeitvox.tumblr.com Citizen Zed

    I’ll join the conversation…

    Boycott the BCS – Don’t Watch – Boycott the advertisers!

    A real college football playoff would eclipse the NCAA basketball tourney. A real playoff would fill stadiums! More money would flow.

    12 teams with 4 byes, 16 teams … whatever it takes to make a Cinderella, drama factor possible. Just enough to competitively extend the regular season and augment it.

    Now the BCS makes the old bowl system more stupid year by year. Meaningless games and empty stadiums.

    Turn it off… literally! Everybody knows Auburn is already number one :D

  • Philip

    I know this is a bit off topic but Vermont doesn’t have a college football team.

    I’m concerned that the basketball tournament will go the way of the BCS with power conferences given more tournament slots. The tournament is going to be expanded to 68 teams this year which will likely means 8 Mid-Major conference champions will end up in a play-in game which will create 4 more slots for bottom end big conference teams. Personally, I would rather see regular season champions from conferences like the MAAC, America East, or Sun Belt that were upset in their conference tournament than watch the 10th place team in the Big East match up against the 7th place team in the Big 12.

  • Rex Henry, Washington, DC

    The BCS has quite a hold on us. I mean, they changed the Division I to the BCS division. What’s up with that?

    If there was a tournament, wouldn’t that make more money?

  • Mike W.

    The amount of bowls that have popped up over the years greatly devalues the importance or significance of their concept. Not to say that any collegiate athlete should think their athletic abilities or team standing necessarily got them there in the first place; but I envisioned the concept of the bowl as a culmination of a playoff system. But what’s the point if there are dozens of them? Is this pee wee football where everyone gets a trophy?

  • Steve L

    Get over it !!!!

    The “bowl system” is terrible but the only system that would work is to have NO bowl games.
    In the SEC, the prize is the conference championship.
    To poke the monkeys with a stick, if you want to win a “National Championship” join the SEC.

    Football is a terrible playoff sport.
    There are way too many teams in Division IA football for a real, fair, accurate playoff system to work. IF you want a playoff system, cut Division IA into a super conference of 32 – 48 teams and let the whole year be a playoff.
    There will ALWAYS be an argument over who should be in and who shouldn’t.
    For years and years, the best teams in the NFL have met during the playoffs, not the super bowl.

    The only playoff systems that work at all are MLB, NBA, NHL, World Cup soccer, and others, where a series of x-of-y playoff games or elimination rounds are played.

    IF 6 team NCAA divisions were created and played a season as an elimination round, then proceeded to play a traditional, win and you’re in, playoff system, the eventual winner would have to play about 23 games.

    Stop crying about Boise State! Utah figured it out and joined the PAC-10. TCU figured it out and joined the Big East. Boise (aka BS U) should join an AQ conference and play real teams during the schedule.
    TCU and Utah will both get better as a result of real competition during the year.

    Based on their bowl game, neither Utah nor BSU would have lasted a quarter against Miss St, Alabama, Stanford, or some other AQ teams – this year.

    Don’t forget … the colleges CHOOSE to go to bowls. There is no law that says a 6-6 or a 12-0 team MUST go to any bowl team.

  • Bruce Fellman

    Great show on a great topic. I’ve long enjoyed watching a bowl game or two, and even though I find the BCS an idiotic sham of a national championship — look at the March Madness model and follow it — I might have tuned in. But with the BCS signing a contract with ESPN to have exclusive rights to broadcast the games, the entire meshugenne series has become completely irrelevant to my life. You see, we only have basic-basic cable — where over-the-air legacy networks lived (the ones that used to be the go-to universal folks for news and sports) — and, as a recent retiree, we can’t spring for the bloated fees that come with so-called basic cable, which is where ESPN lives. So, in their infinite wisdom, the BCS has made the very notion of a national championship a completely foreign concept to, well, the nation.
    I guess I’ll have to wait until next Tuesday to learn the outcome; I suspect I’ll hear it on NPR.
    Death to the BCS? It can’t come soon enough.
    All the best.

  • M. from Buffalo

    I long for a world where this much public attention and MONEY went into educating kids who might actually go on to do something useful for society.

  • Michael Baker

    I’m from Salt Lake City, Utah and a University of Utah fan. Despite the fact that the Utes are joining the PAC-10 (now 12) I still want to see this nonsense system ended.

    I’m astonished that the Bowls are considered “tax-exempt” entities. It seems like taking away this status would help kill the system. What else can be done?

  • Philip

    M. from Buffalo,
    I couldn’t agree more. How about the General Dynamics Scholars Bowl. Do you think that would sell out Madison Square Garden? :)

  • JFD, NY

    Does the university system of any other country or region (i.e. Europe), have a comparable profit-oriented sports system?

  • ThresherK

    Study question: In how many states is the football or basketball coach the highest-paid public sector employee?

  • Drew, Virginia Beach

    I love football and think the BCS is a joke, but honestly I’m disappointed that the purpose of higher education seems to be largely forgotten in the rush to get sports money. My Alma Mater, William & Mary, has a terrific program but we’re in the CAA and a relatively small school so our concern is a first rate education, not sports. Even though we’ve gone public we remain an excelent school with fantastic alumni support in financial and other terms. W&M graduates get a lot more from their 4 years than a championship and we pay that back to the school for life. I think it’s sad that so many truly mediocre schools and worse draw and then underserve huge student populations, largely because of sports.

  • http://wbur Peter

    To Bruce, Steve & others who, like me, don’t get non-broadcast channels on TV: I was surprised and delighted that ESPN streamed the Orange bowl on their ESPN3 channel. (may have done others, but I didn’t look). You get the same (probably more) commercials as with TV viewing, so what’s not to like for ESPN and its advertisers?
    Problems -
    1)requires high-speed internet service
    2)unless you connect to a big monitor or internet TV, the picture is small
    3) when the load on servers increses, as it did mid-way through each quarter in the Orange bowl, the video feed slows _way_ down, to the point that you are listening to commentary while watching a lot of still pictures. Hint- go back to the very small viewing window, instead of full-screen window, and the data rate is sufficient for full-motion.
    Let’s see how long this is available. Because of my service level, Comcast blocked my access to many streams of last year’s winter Olympics. In 2008, I could see everything from the summer games.
    FIGHT FOR NET NEUTRALITY OR PREPARE TO PAY DEARLY TO A FEW ISPs!

  • Gerald

    Just a historical reminder of how the University of Chicago once was big in the Big Ten and eschewed the glitz and glamor of big time athletics for academic excellence back in the 1930′s. In later years they have developed a manageable athletic program which competes against small colleges and universities. It is one of the leading universities in the country still, but sports is low on the list of priorities

  • Mark, MA

    Nonsense! What makes Michigan fans happy is beating Ohio State. And that goes for all the other great rivalries that litter the sport, and could very easily be returned to prominence if the bean counters who’ve been ruining the game all got pushed off a bridge.

  • http://www.prx.org/pieces/57336-the-gotham-bowl-nyc-s-phantom-football-game Tinker Ready

    Hello On Point,

    I’m sorry I missed this show. For a little historical perspective, see my radio piece on my father’s attempt to launch the first NYC bowl game back in 1960.

    http://www.prx.org/pieces/57336-the-gotham-bowl-nyc-s-phantom-football-game

    Here’s a longer version, with quote from my siblings.

    Tinker Ready
    Cambridge, Massachusetts

  • Bruce Fellman

    Thanks, Peter, for the tip on using a “backdoor” to get to ESPN. Alas, logging into their site and attempting to watch anything through our DSL connection, even with a small picture, is pretty painful: kind of like looking at a bunch of cartoons fast and making believe you’re seeing animation. In other words, it’s nice of ESPN to hold out the video olive branch, but it doesn’t really work.
    There are, of course, worse problems to deal with, but given that the idea of the BCS is to crown a national champion, ensuring that a large portion of the nation can’t watch makes the entire endeavor ludicrous.
    Maybe the answer for now is to go back to listening to everything on the radio; that’s how I tune into the Red Sox, and, for me, at least, it still works.

  • Jim T

    I know I’m part of a tiny minority, but I agree with Rajiv that we don’t need a national champion for two reasons.

    Reason #1: Football injuries are numerous and often serious. Adding four more weeks to the season will only make the problem worse. In addition, if the playoffs are limited to 16 teams there would soon be pressure from supporters of team #17, team #18, etc. to make more teams eligible. That’s what happened with college basketball. Soon there would be more than four extra weeks … and even more injuries.

    Reason #2: Wihout a national champion (whether by way of a playoff system or BCS rankings), all college football fans in the past were able to spend the next eight months discussing (ok, they were probably arguing) about who was the best team in college football for that year. For me, at least, that was a lot more fun than watching a handful of people gloat.

  • Rebekah G.

    Once again, the older generations cannibalize their children. We’re spending their future and we let them entertain us while we cut the heart out of education from K-12 to University. The baby boomers should beware. What goes around comes around and the rising generation won’t want to pay our freight twice.

  • Larry from Buffalo, NY

    The entire program of university level football is a massive waste of money and talent. This country is rapidly falling behind of the rest of the civilized world as far as the quality of our education and the graduates thereof.

    The US will soon be a third world country but we will have some good football players.

  • Jim

    Tom: you keep mentioning the “core purpose” of a university being to educate young people. I used to think this as well. I’m a visiting instructor at a 4 year university (that won its bowl game this year, by the way), and after speaking to many of my colleagues, I have come to the conclusion that students are considered a necessary evil by the administration, and that research grants and other forms of revenue are their number 1 priority, and all else is a distant second, including providing an education to the future leaders of this country.

  • Martin Andrews

    My friend and I have discussed an unorthodox alternative to the BCS. He doesn’t like playoffs in general, because the emerging victor arguably isn’t the best team of the entire season (the Giants besting the Patriots in the 2008 NFL playoffs, for example). Rather the victor is unarguably the best team of the playoffs.

    My friend’s suggestion (though he may not be the first) was to create a super-conference, which would include the top 10 or 12 teams (depending on desired season length) according to the BCS computer system (not the voting) as ranked at the end of this season. These teams would play only each other, once each. (All other teams would play non-super-conference teams, similarly to the current regular season’s design.) At the end of the season, the top two teams, using reasonable tiebreakers if necessary, would play for the championship. (This could also be expanded to four teams as a mini-playoff.) No complaining allowed; everyone had their chance to beat the best.

    Every team would be ranked by the same computer system (not the voting), and, at the end of the season, the top two or three teams from outside the super-conference would enter it for the next season. To compensate, an equal number of teams from the bottom of the super-conference would step down for the next season. Thus, there is a constant influx of growing programs, as well as a removal of those in decline.

    The biggest drawback that I can see is the impossibility of a true “Cinderella” team. This is regrettable, but the flip side is that there is an incredible emphasis put upon dynasty building.

    I know that this suggestion is imperfect, but it is the best idea I have heard to refine college football’s postseason issues. Of course, in order to truly purge the system, we could simply ban all non-intramural college sports for 20 years…

  • Martin Andrews

    I’m from Saint Louis, MO – forgot that part.

  • ClifBATL

    Topic $$$$
    Universities that win a BCS-bowl of BCS Championship,
    what determines the amount of $$$$ the college recieves?

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  • guest1

    If you look in the last 20 years of college football, (esp. the last 10) we’ve seen a rise in the system offense, the run and shoot, and spread (miami tried pro style which in rare cases works).  Anyway the point is these types of offenses have evolved to cater to the BCS.  There is no ‘lower conference’ team that has a chance at the BCS without #1 producing an undefeated season, #2 Having a blatant top heisman candidate, and #3 defeating a major (top 3-5) BCS player during the season.  Even if all these scenarios are met, the school may not have a shot at the national championship.

    One thing I regret to see are so many articles on the passing offense system schools (specifically about Texas Tech, Houston, Hawaii, Oregon and recently a few Florida teams, etc).  If one looks at those school’s past schedules, looks at the matchups they were in its very difficult to say that a higher placed ‘all around’ team in the BCS would have a no-holds-bar chance at running out these types of schools in a championship.  At some point in the future this type of play will disrupt the larger fan/population based schools that the BCS loves on a large scale, and at that point in time we will see a reformation of the BCS and gameplay rules.  It’s a shame to see the college game adapting to fit new rules and conference play, and its more of a shame that the BCS won’t accept the reality of the situation that what it has created will at some point undermine its own existence.

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