Why the BCS sucks

| November 26, 2007

I could spend a lot of time talking about all the things wrong with the BCS football system — the death of traditional bowls, the constant changes and tweaks to the ranking algorithm, and the usually arbitrary and frequently unfair (if not insane) bowl matchups — but let’s let a professional sportswriter take it on:

The BCS works as well as Kim Kardashian in the lead role of “The Eleanor Roosevelt Story.” It is the Kim Jong Il of college football: dictatorial and isolationist. BCS cheerleaders figure if they ignore the logic of a playoff system long enough, maybe it will all just go away.

The truth is, the BCS is held together by rolls of duct tape and stubbornness. First the well-intentioned Bowl Coalition, then the Bowl Alliance, and now the Bowl Championship Series. And they still can’t get it right.

Just last week BCS administrators had to tweak their “system” for about the billionth time. The latest bandage was applied after it became apparent that the BCS might not have enough eligible at-large teams for its five games. Oops. The BCS works so well that the only undefeated team in the country, Hawaii, could finish the regular season 12-0 and still get squeezed out of a BCS bowl game. Meanwhile, two-loss Georgia, which didn’t even win its conference division or qualify for its league championship game, could conceivably play in a national title game. Huh?

Read the whole thing, and weep. The whole BCS system has done more to wreck college football than anything else I’ve seen in 30 years of watching it.

And by the way, I also agree with his comments about the Heisman Trophy. ..bruce..

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Webster is Principal and Founder at Bruce F. Webster & Associates, as well as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Brigham Young University. He works with organizations to help them with troubled or failed information technology (IT) projects. He has also worked in several dozen legal cases as a consultant and as a testifying expert, both in the United States and Japan. He can be reached at bwebster@bfwa.com, or you can follow him on Twitter as @bfwebster.

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