5 Reasons Why College Football Needs to Get Rid of the BCS

TCU quarterback Andy Dalton (14) celebrates his team's win over Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl. TCU recorded an unbeaten season and is still left out of the national title game, thanks to the BCS computer ranking system./Photo Credit: Kevin Reece

By Dennis J. Freeman

5. Purpose of the BCS: Division I college football’s Bowl Championship Series is a straight-up farce. Some high-powered people got together, made some backroom deals with TV execs, major sports conferences and their associated athletic directors and coaches to create a flawed system specifically designed to generate huge amounts of cash for themselves and keep the outdated bowl fiasco going.

Forget about the Auburn-Oregon championship game. TCU is still on the outside of the window looking in with an undefeated record for the season, including whipping Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl.

 I wonder what they have to say about the system.

4. Pay Me: There is some serious money being flouted out to these schools participating in the bowl games. College athletics, particularly Division I football and basketball, has become big business. Schools like Wisconsin and TCU aren’t complaining. Despite the final outcome on the field, both teams left Southern California as winners. 

Both schools were awarded over $21 million apiece or doing their part by playing in the Rose Bowl. All the schools playing in the five major (BCS) bowls (Fiesta, Orange, Rose, Sugar and the championship game, will get at least $21 million. Auburn and Oregon will get anywhere from $22 million to $24 million.

3. Pay Me-Part II: Since those folks at the BCS are kicking around all of that money, why not begin distributing some of that cash to the workers on the field-the athletes. It’s high time for the NCAA and those at the BCS to begin to make steps in doing the right thing and pay the athletes who generating all of this income being infused into these institutions of higher learning.

 I don’t care about people saying the political correct thing like players are getting a free education. That is a ridiculous argument when you look at who is the real reaper of the benefits of these athletes running and jumping up and down the field. That in itself has become a very lame duck excuse to not pay the workers. Athletes today are basically university employees.

 It is because of their ability that coaches, athletics directors, school conferences, universities and the media has profited off of. And at the end of the day, that free education offering has little or no value because schools haven’t even ensured that all of their student-athletes graduate with a diploma.

It’s simply unfair and unjust for these athletes not to be compensated in some measure when universities and private vendors make money off of their likeness and names.  The BCS, with the global exposure of its product-the college bowl system-through the means of media, is part of the problem to this issue and not part of the solution.

2.  Too Much, Too Little: For my money’s worth, 34 bowl games is way too much. I love football, but the oversaturation of bowl games this year has caused me to have a headache. Have a playoff system already.

University presidents that won’t go the route of a playoff system are outdated, stuck in the old beliefs about college bowl games and what they mean to schools, are either ignorant and/or greedy. Again, as long as schools see making money off the backs of their young men, it’s all good.

The current system does not work. There are more bad games than there are good. And there have been some pretty bad ones this college postseason that made my eyes sore. Michigan’s debacle against Mississippi St. in the Gator Bowl was simply unwatchable and truly an eyesore. And why football experts matched Alabama against Michigan State in the Capital One Bowl is beyond me.    

1-The Playoff: Division I college football is the only sport in the NCAA that does not produce an official national champion through a true playoff system. Let’s have a playoff, already. Choosing a national champion by depending on the work of a computer, allowing the input and influence by powerful coaches and having money play a factor is an insult to my intelligence.

The only right thing the BCS has done through all of this is give young computer geeks steady employment. Other than that the BCS has become nothing more than Bogus, Controversial and Stupid.

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