The BCS: Bust It!
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TCU and LSU register the biggest wins of the day as we brace for another BCS nightmare. It is still too early to tell for sure, but it looks right now as if the BCS will once again face major scrutiny in 2010. As I type this, four teams are still unbeaten as we scoot closer and closer to the end of the regular season. These four teams are followed by several very, very good one-loss teams. Of course anything can happen in these final weeks, but as of right now Oregon, Auburn, TCU and Boise State all seem primed to enter the postseason unbeaten. If that happens, the BCS will present us yet again with an unacceptable finish to the college football season.
In a perfect world, my top eight ranked teams would play it out in a playoff - simple is that. In the opening round, the one seed would play eight, two would play seven, three would play six, and four would play five. That simple. No AQs. No automatic bids. No computers. Just an eight-team playoff.
But as folks such as Michael Vick remind us, we do not live in a perfect world, and thus we have things such as the BCS.
In real life, TCU and LSU shook up the BCS picture yesterday - even if just in a small way.
For starters, TCU knocked Utah from the picture and looked good while doing it. In the 47-7 win, it was an early barrage of points that took Utah's home-field advantage away quickly. The Horned Frogs were far and away the superior team, having now blown Utah out two years in a row. TCU will face a hard time about their schedule, but unfortunately, it is indeed a point. Outside of Utah, the other big game was Oregon State (now 4-4). Still, TCU has very good athletes, an excellent coach, a veteran quarterback, and a defense that is top-notch. I know in my gut that TCU would give Oregon or Auburn all they wanted.
LSU meanwhile brings up another whole point: the one-loss teams. Following the four unbeatens are nine teams that have just one loss. Because of Fans25, I have met fans from TCU and Boise that I have become cyber fans with, so by no means am I talking junk here. But some of these teams with one loss have clearly faced tougher schedules, and have almost come out of these tough slates unscarred. LSU is a perfect example.
The Tigers lone loss was on the road to Auburn two weeks ago. Yesterday, they ended the chances for the defending national champions, Alabama, as the Bayou Bengals moved to 9-1. This isn't a team that deserves at least a shot at a nationat title??
And don't even get me started on teams such as Wisconsin and Stanford and Oklahoma State - one-lossers that play damn good football.
The bottom-line is that the BCS is a jumbled up mess of horse manure that needs to go the way of the dinosaur. People can email me and comment about money until their fingertips are blue, I don't want to hear it. An eight-team playoff would make more money and I will take that stance against any argument.
So as we enter these final weeks, prepare to here ad nauseum the panelists tell us why this team or that team deserves to be in Glendale for the title game. Prepare to be sick from hearing about strength of schedules and signature wins and style points. Prepare to be blown away with stats such as total defense and points for and yards per play. It will get ridiculous.
Basically, just know that as fans we are once again getting the shaft. You can't tell me the BCS is going to get this right.
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