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Wrong, Terence Moore. The BCS IS messed up.

The headline to Terence Moore's latest Fanhouse column is "Memo to BCS Bashers: Stop Whining." He then precedes to go through the tired old mantra of why the Bowl Championship is working. Here's what Moore doesn't get: it's not.
Sure, whoever Number One and Number Two are at the end of the year will play for the BCS Championship. The problem is with all those other games. It's called the Bowl Championship Series. The purpose of it, as stated on the BCS's website is "to assure a match up between the top two teams — correcting a major flaw in the bowl system — while maintaining and enhancing the traditional bowl system that's nearly 100 years old." It's that last part where the BCS has been getting wrong.
In the past few years the BCS Bowls leading up to America's Favorite Fictional National Championship haven't been really much to call home about. The last huge game was probably the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where Boise State beat Oklahoma (maybe the Game of the Decade). Other than that the BCS Bowls have been fair to middling.
The Problem is the Bowl Committees are extremely territorial. Most of them have one conference or another pretty much wrapped up every year. And the result are some really lame match ups. Remember in 2008 where Rose Bowl featured with USC and Illinois, and the Sugar Bowl had Georgia facing Hawaii? How many people would have rather seen USC play UGA? Everybody that turned those games off or just plain didn't watch.
There's a reason the BCS Bowls are moving from FOX to ESPN in 2011: the ratings. If Rupert Murdoch had wanted to outbid ESPN he would have. Instead, several BCS Games will be
Maybe a baroque playoff system is too much for ask for at the moment. But could the BCS at least make some movement toward playoffs, however illusionary?
Here's what is needed right now: A guaranteed face-off between the third and fourth place teams in the BCS poll. Put it on in prime time on New Years Day and fans will have a reason to gather around the TV that night.
Moore doesn't seem to see the absolute flaw in the BCS. It provides a Champion (no matter how questionable it can be at times), but it doesn't do a good job at providing a complete package of quality games at the end of the college football season. If it did, it wouldn't be facing a future on basic cable.

(via Fanhouse)


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The headline to Terence Moore's latest Fanhouse column is "Memo to BCS Bashers: Stop Whining." He then precedes to go through the tired old mantra of why the Bowl Championship is working. Here's what Moore doesn't get: it's not.
Sure, whoever Number One and Number Two are at the end of the year will play for the BCS Championship. The problem is with all those other games. It's called the Bowl Championship Series. The purpose of it, as stated on the BCS's website is "to assure a match up between the top two teams — correcting a major flaw in the bowl system — while maintaining and enhancing the traditional bowl system that's nearly 100 years old." It's that last part where the BCS has been getting wrong.
In the past few years the BCS Bowls leading up to America's Favorite Fictional National Championship haven't been really much to call home about. The last huge game was probably the 2007 Fiesta Bowl, where Boise State beat Oklahoma (maybe the Game of the Decade). Other than that the BCS Bowls have been fair to middling.
The Problem is the Bowl Committees are extremely territorial. Most of them have one conference or another pretty much wrapped up every year. And the result are some really lame match ups. Remember in 2008 where Rose Bowl featured with USC and Illinois, and the Sugar Bowl had Georgia facing Hawaii? How many people would have rather seen USC play UGA? Everybody that turned those games off or just plain didn't watch.
There's a reason the BCS Bowls are moving from FOX to ESPN in 2011: the ratings. If Rupert Murdoch had wanted to outbid ESPN he would have. Instead, several BCS Games will be
Maybe a baroque playoff system is too much for ask for at the moment. But could the BCS at least make some movement toward playoffs, however illusionary?
Here's what is needed right now: A guaranteed face-off between the third and fourth place teams in the BCS poll. Put it on in prime time on New Years Day and fans will have a reason to gather around the TV that night.
Moore doesn't seem to see the absolute flaw in the BCS. It provides a Champion (no matter how questionable it can be at times), but it doesn't do a good job at providing a complete package of quality games at the end of the college football season. If it did, it wouldn't be facing a future on basic cable.

(via Fanhouse)



Posted originally: 2009-11-17 12:26:00
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