The BCS Mess

By Gary Norris Gray
Updated: December 11, 2007

Bowl ChampionShip Series

CALIFORNIA — Time has come to disband, demolish, destroy, and dismantle the Bowl Championship Series (BCS). They have consistently distorted the truth about winning the Championship. Winning should be a result of excellent playing on the field, not conspired in the newsroom, the coaches offices, or on the computer.

This hair-brained idea was conceived twenty years ago. This idea came after undefeated and untied Brigham Young won the national title in the middle to late 70′s. Some sports writers and sports enthusiast stated that the Cougars had an easy schedule and did not want this to reoccur.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>The many teams in the big conferences complained. The nadverse result was and is that these same big conferences control the BCS nstandings. u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>Not a single small school has won the national title nsince BYU's victory.u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>                nu003c/span>The hair-brain idea was that the combination of a writer's poll, the ncoach's poll, and the new computer poll would develop the new BCS poll and the nNCAA football champion. As the years moved into the turn of the 21 st century nthe computer poll gained more power over the coach's poll and the writer's poll. nu003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>This year was a disaster and proves that the NCAA needs a nplayoff. The Computer does not make mistakes, OH REALLY?u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>                nu003c/span>NCAA Division One football program is the only college championship ndecided without a playoff. Every college sport program in America has a playoff nexcept Division One. The question is why? u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>              nu003c/span>(ABC) American Broadcasting Company, (ESPN) The Entertainment and Sports nProgramming Network, and Fox Sport Network are all trying to sell this year's nproduct to the American sports fan. This writer is not buying it. Such a system nbecomes difficult to sell especially when it does not include all college and nuniversities teams. u003cb>(HBCU) Historically nBlack Colleges and Universities are excluded u003c/b>while smaller schools like nUtah, BYU, San Jose State, Fresno State, Hawaii and Boise State in the west and nBoston College, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Rutgers in the neast are seldom invited. “,1] ); //–> //]]>

The many teams in the big conferences complained. The adverse result was and is that these same big conferences control the BCS standings. Not a single small school has won the national title since BYU’s victory.

The hair-brained idea was that the combination of a writer’s poll, the coaches poll, and the new computer poll would develop the new BCS poll and the NCAA football champion. As the years moved into the turn of the 21st century, the computer poll gained more power over the coaches poll and the writer’s poll.

This year was a disaster and proves that the NCAA needs a playoff. The computer does not make mistakes.Oh, really?

Division I-A football is the only college championship decided without a playoff. Every college sport program in America has a playoff except Division One. The question is why?

ABC, ESPN, and Fox Sports are all trying to sell this year’s product to the American sports fan. This writer is not buying it. Such a system becomes difficult to sell especially when it does not include all college and universities teams.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities are excluded while smaller schools like Utah, BYU, San Jose State, Fresno State, Hawaii and Boise State in the west and Boston College, West Virginia, Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Rutgers in the east are seldom invited.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>Until this is done the BCS is a sham and a farce.u003cspan>   u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>             nu003c/span>This year it was revealed why a division one football playoff imperative. nu003cspan> u003c/span>The number one team fell on the nfirst day of the football season, The University of Michigan lost to Division n1-AA now called Sub-division Appalachian State. The upsets continued and put the nBCS polls in complete chaos. Teams were popping up and down the BCS poll like nthe New York Stock Exchange u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>              nu003c/span>Please, somebody explain, how can you have a team that has lost two nregular season games participate in the Championship game? Please, explain to me nhow can you leave out the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri in nany BCS bowl game? Please, explain how can a team like Oklahoma beat Kansas and nMissouri and end up 4 u003csup>th placeu003c/sup>. And lastly, could you please explain nwhy the undefeated University of Hawaii Warriors is ranked 10u003csup>thu003c/sup> nplace.u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>Final BCS Standingsu003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt 0.5in”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>     nu003c/span>1u003cspan>     u003c/span>Ohio nState University u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>     nu003c/span>2u003cspan>     nu003c/span>Louisiana State Universityu003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>     nu003c/span>3u003cspan>      nu003c/span>Virginia Techu003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>”,1] ); //–> //]]> Until this is done, the BCS is a sham and a farce.

This year it was revealed why a Division I playoff imperative. The No. 5 team fell on the first day of the football season, The University of Michigan lost to Division 1-AA (now called Division I Subdivision) Appalachian State. The upsets continued and put the BCS polls in complete chaos. Teams were popping up and down the BCS poll like the New York Stock Exchange

Please, somebody explain, how can you have a team that has lost two regular season games participate in the Championship game? Please, explain to me how can you leave out the University of Kansas and the University of Missouri in any BCS bowl game? Please, explain how can a team like Oklahoma beat Kansas and Missouri and end up in fourth place. And lastly, could you please explain why the undefeated University of Hawaii Warriors are ranked 10th.

The final BCS standings were: 1. Ohio State; 2. LSU; 3.Virginia Tech; 4. Oklahoma; 5. Georgia; 6. Missouri; 7. USC; 8. Kansas; 9. West Virginia; 10. Hawaii. Is there anyone in America that can explain this system?

Ohio State did not play for two weeks yet they jumped six places in the polls and they are playing in the championship game. LSU lost two games and they will be playing in the Championship game on January 7. What’s the deal?

The University of Hawaii beat Boise State and Washington. Their season ended 12-0. It does not matter how they got there. They should be in the championship game not OSU-LSU. This makes the BCS a sham and a mockery of the college football game.

The SEC, Big East, Big 10, Big 12, and ACC all have playoffs. If there are three conference teams in the BCS standings, the third or fourth team in that conference will not participate in any BCS playoff game. BCS rules that only two teams per conference can participate in one year. This is not fair, nor is it right. Should these conferences drop their existing conference playoffs?

//<![CDATA[  u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>            nu003c/span>Apparently, The University of Hawaii was place in the tenth position nbecause they cannot get ranked teams to play them in Honolulu. You play the nschedule that is given to you. The prognosticators state that the Warriors play na cupcake (weak) schedule and lack the power rating yet at the same time, the nUniv. of Mich., Notre Dame, USC, Fla, and other major schools start their season nwith four cupcake teams. Just ask the Wolverines how did that work for them this nyear playing Appalachian State in Ann Arbor. If these teams make it through the ncupcake schedule then run the table in their conference schedule they are nrewarded with an invitation to a BCS Bowl game. u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003cspan>            nu003c/span>u003cb>It is apparent the BCS selection ncommittee ignores (HBCU) Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Grambling nState University, (SWAC) Southwest Athletic Conference, West Division, Jackson nState, (SWAC), East Division, Delaware State, (MEAC) Mid East Athletic nConference, Tuskegee, (SIAC) Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, and nVirginia Union, (CIAA) Central Interscholastic Athletic Association. All have nwon in their respective conferences, never the less for the 12 u003csup>thu003c/sup> nyear in a row none, of them will be invited to the national football dance. The nundefeated Morgan State Bears in the seventies, the undefeated Howard Bison in nthe eighties, the undefeated Hampton Pirates of the nineties, and this year nundefeated Delaware State Hornets never received a call from the BCS. nu003c/b>u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>          n”,1] ); //–> //]]>

Apparently, The University of Hawaii was placed in the 10th position because they cannot get ranked teams to play them in Honolulu. You play the schedule that is given to you. The prognosticators state that the Warriors play a cupcake (weak) schedule and lack the power rating.

Yet at the same time, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Florida, and other major schools start their season with four cupcake teams. Just ask the Wolverines how did that work for them this year playing Appalachian State in Ann Arbor. If these teams make it through the cupcake schedule then run the table in their conference schedule they are rewarded with an invitation to a BCS Bowl game.

It is apparent the BCS selection committee ignores HBCU’s as well. League champions Delaware State (MEAC), Tuskegee, (SIAC), Virginia Union, (CIAA), as well as SWAC finalists Grambling and Jackson State will not be invited to the national football dance.

The undefeated Morgan State Bears in the 70′s, the undefeated Howard Bison in the 80′s, the undefeated Hampton Pirates of the 90′s never received a call from the BCS.

//<![CDATA[ u003cspan>   u003c/span>There will be 34 nbowl games this year. That means 64 teams will play from Dec 18 until Jan 8, and nnot a single African American school has been invited while three 6-6 Division none schools will be bowling this includes the University of California Berkeley nGolden Bears. Cal has lost five out of the last seven games. u003cspan>  u003c/span>u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>             nu003c/span>u003cspan> u003c/span>How hard is it to create nplayoffs in Division One? Division 1-AA now called Sub-Division has been doing nthis for over twenty years and nobody has complained. In 1983 (SIU) Southern nIllinois University at Carbondale were Division 1-AA Champions. They will play nthe semi finals against the University of Delaware Blue Hens this Saturday Dec. n8. This will be the Salukis third successive year of participating in the nplayoffs. u003cspan> u003c/span>Many major conferences nand major universities do not want this playoff because they fear that it will ntake away their conference monies in bowl games. u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>             nu003c/span>Similar to last year The Ohio State University will have 54 days before nthey play any game. So what is the difference in having Division One playoff ngames each week? Most schools are on winter break so they can't use the excuse nof final exams. u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>As nthey say in the (NBA) National Basketball League playoffs each spring, win or go nhome.u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan>           nu003c/span>Wake up NCAA, this year was a call for playoffs. Football fans have lost nso much interest in college football because of this conflict. It's imperative nthat this be resolved. “,1] ); //–> //]]> There will be 32 bowl games this year. That means 64 teams will play from December 20th until January 7th, and not a single African American school has been invited. Meanwhile, three 6-6 Division I-A schools will be bowling this includes the Golden Bears of Cal, who’ve lost five out of the last seven games.

How hard is it to create playoffs in Division One? Division 1-AA now called Sub-Division has been doing this for over twenty years and nobody has complained. Many major conferences and major universities do not want this playoff because they fear that it will take away their conference monies in bowl games.

Similar to last year, Ohio State will have 54 days before they play any game. So what is the difference in having Division One playoff games each week? Most schools are on winter break so they can’t use the excuse of final exams.

As they say in the NBA playoffs each spring, win or go home. Wake up NCAA, this year was a call for playoffs. Football fans have lost so much interest in college football because of this conflict. It’s imperative that this be resolved.

//<![CDATA[ u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003cspan> u003c/span>THE BCS nSTINKS u003c/font>u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>u003c/font> u003c/p>nu003cp styleu003d”margin:0in 0in 0pt”>u003cfont faceu003d”Times New Roman”>THAT nIS THE GRAYLINE !!!! u003cspan> u003c/span>u003cspan> u003c/span>u003cspan>  u003c/span> u003c/font>u003c/p>u003cbr clearu003d”all”>u003cbr>– nu003cbr>I'm in a new york state of mind u003c/div>n”,0] ); D(["ce"]); //–> //]]>

THE BCS STINKS!!!!