Broken BCS needs to go

Published 11:09 am Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Texas fans, nobody is interested.

Penn State followers, the same goes for you.

Southern California? Keep it to yourselves.

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For those teams, their coaches, their supporters and, perhaps most importantly, their university presidents, there is a reality to face. Everyone is tired of the crying.

When it was made clear college football powerhouses Oklahoma and Florida would play for the Jan. 8 BCS national championship game in Miami, the reaction from those on the outside of the bubble was predictable.

Texas, which defeated Oklahoma in the regular season, believes it deserves a shot. Penn State, the Big Ten champion, and Southern California, the Pac-10 champion, also believe their one-loss resumes are every bit as good as the teams that will compete in the title game.

In the background are undefeated Utah and Ball State. But, of course, they’re not seriously considered in the discussion because they could surely not beat a team from one of the power conferences.

Right Oklahoma?

It appears, small wonder, that the BCS system has failed … again. It has been revealed, again, that the system does not work. Big shock.

The point is that by now no one should ever be surprised that this method is broken.

The bottom line is college football is at least temporarily stuck with this imperfect system because there is simply too much money at stake.

Practically every December college football fans are subjected to this comedy. A complicated formula spits out two teams and that’s that. A playoff would be the natural way to decide the champion, but because it is a logistical nightmare no remedy is in sight.

And that has to change.