Posted on: August 21, 2010 7:07 pm

The Polls expose the problems with the BCS

The USA Today Top 25 Coaches poll came out at the beginning of this month and its results highlight the problems with voting in order to determine which teams will play in the college football national championship game.

To start with, 53 teams received votes for a top 25 poll, if the voters 'resolution' is that blurred when trying to come up with a top 25, how can one have faith in their determination between the second and third best teams that are fighting it out in order to play in the mythical national championship game, that's assuming they got the number one team right in the first place.

Alabama may very well end up looking like the best team in the country this year, but they were voted number one less than a week after opening training camp, even though nine starters on defense are not returning. The team wasn't even in pads much before the 'experts' proclaimed them number one, however, it was not unanimous as a number of voters did cast their top vote for Ohio State.

In most years, there are teams that surprise, some say come out of no where, but in the current system (BCS) they would be left out of the title hunt just because the 'experts' didn't see them coming. The lack of pre-season attention (votes) will seal their fates. Some teams, e.g. Utah and Boise State, don't surprise anyone with their success and are still left out due to conference biases and the unfair nature of the current system.

Voter's reasoning for voting a certain team a certain spot vary, from conference affiliations, rivalries, past employment, east/west coast biases, etc. Many times the coaches entrusted with voting don't do it themselves and pass that duty onto an assistant whom probably hasn't had time to view all the games involving all the teams in the chase.  All the uncertainty in voting could be easily done away with by implementing a playoff, I vote that it is long overdue.

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Posted on: July 13, 2010 5:39 am
Edited on: July 13, 2010 5:41 am

A Simple Playoff System

Those whom are pleased with the current method of determining college football's national champion, the BCS, and those reaping enormous profit from it would like us to believe that it would be almost impossible to implement a playoff in its stead.  Instead of focusing on the issue of whether a playoff would be better for the sport and ultimately fairer than the current system, they focus on the bowls, tradition and even educational arguments to detract from the central point, implementing a playoff would be quite simple and ultimately better for the sport.

The NCAA holds playoffs in all sports, including all other divisions of football, they are listed here, to determine their national champions, all save one, major college football, currently known as the Football Bowl Subdivision, formerly Division IA, coincidentally the most profitable collegiate sport.  Once the current BCS contracts expire, the task of overseeing the playoff could be handed over to the NCAA as it handles the determination of all other collegiate champions. 

Here is our simple plan:

- All (current FBS) conference champions automatically qualify.  Yes, even the MWC and the MAC.  Notre Dame, Army and Navy would have to join a conference or take their chances on an 'at-large' bid.

- At-large bids will fill the remaining slots in the 16-team tournament.  A committee such as the one that determines the NCAA basketball tournament field would be created to select the at-large participants.

- The sites for the first round games (eight total) will be held on campus at the higher-seed's home field in mid-December.  The losing teams will be free to accept any bowl invitation of their choosing.

- The remaining games (Championship, Semi-Finals and Quarter-Finals) will be held at sites that will bid for the honor of hosting these games, as is done for the Superbowl and NCAA basketball tournament.

- All other bowl games, not involved in the playoffs can go on as they do currently.
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