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(ESPN)   ESPN: The BCS will be fondly remembered one day. No, it really will. Stop laughing. Why are you still laughing? You know, you're starting to hurt my feelings now. You'll have to stop laughing sometime in order to breathe   (espn.go.com) divider line 11
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2013-08-15 09:27:28 AM
3 votes:

jayhawk88: Yeah, it'll be fondly remembered when we have an 8 team playoff that literally, by rule, prevents any school not in the SEC, Big12, Pac12, or Big10 from getting a spot, regardless of record.


People forget that it was impossible for teams outside of these big conferences to get in these bowl games for years, so blaming the BCS was moronic. Most teams like Utah/Boise/Louisville/etc.... Were always going to be stuck in shiattier bowl games since they were never meant to have any hearing on the season and only set up as a way for them to pay back alumni who had given so much money. Hell, look at BYU back in '84, they didn't even get in a big payout game and they were number 2 I think at the time, they had to play in the holiday bowl against a crappy Michigan team.

People need to quit acting like the BCS was so terrible, it gave teams shots they never would have gotten otherwise. Sure it does unfairly reward top conferences when they don't deserve it, UF/UL, BSU/OU.... But for the most part it was better than the previous system of shiat matchups.
2013-08-15 07:37:18 AM
3 votes:
The old bowl system where the top bowls were played on NY day and then the season was OVER. That I miss.
2013-08-15 07:38:23 AM
2 votes:
The BCS did a great thing in the late 90s; it gave us a #1 vs #2 championship game, which was a huge step forward.  But then we started seeing terrible flaws in the system every year, and we knew it was time to change things again, take the next evolutionary step.  Then there was the year of three undefeated teams, and we as fans asked why we couldn't have an expanded BCS where more than two teams played for the championship.  That was when the BCS and its defenders dug in their heels, and THAT was when the system clearly became a joke.
2013-08-15 10:23:39 AM
1 votes:
SEC, BIG10, PAC 12, BIG 12 and ACC all expand to 14 schools. That gives you 70 schools. All schools have an 11 game schedule with a conference championship. The schools are only allowed to play games against teams from one of the major 5 conferences. After the season is done take a final ranking of these 70 schools. The top 24 get into the playoffs. The first 8 seeds have a bye week. Those 8 seeds are the 5 conference winners and the next best ranked schools in the top 24. In this format the most games a school could possibly play is 17 games; 11 regular season, 1 conf champ (not getting a bye week) then 5 playoff games. Yes it adds games to the schedule, but football players would not be missing any more class than a basketball or baseball player does during a school year. The amount of time between the end of the regular season and the current BCS title game is 6 weeks as it stands so you would not be adding days to the schedule. Use the bowl games as a rotating neutral sight set up and accept bids on the national championship game just like the Superbowl does. Now the cities that depend on the bowl games for seasonal tourist revenue still get it and sponsers still get to pay the schools for the right to hype theit specific playoff game. All sponsership money gets split evenly between the 70 schools.

Your welcome.
2013-08-15 09:38:15 AM
1 votes:

meanmutton: Rapmaster2000: There will be people who do the math and realize that the BCS would have gotten their team in the championship.  Also, the playoff system will piss off the same people the BCS pissed off, just in different ways.

It's easier to deal with when you realize it's just amateur football.

The problem with the playoff is that it retains the subjective aspect that really caused the problems in the BCS. A playoff that is made up only of conference winners, and included all conference winners, would eliminate the subjectivity.


Let's run with a  hypothetical situation here.  Schools #1 and #2 are in the same division in the same conference, both ranked in the top four/eight/however-many-you-want-in-playoffs at the end of the season.  School #1 has a brutal cross divisional schedule and ends up losing to school #3, also in that conference, which finishes the season ranked at #7.    School #2 has an easy cross divisional schedule (doesn't play school #3) and out of conference schedule, but had an ugly 10+ point loss in an out of conference game to an unranked team.  You use only conference winners, school #2 goes (assuming they win the conference championship), #1 doesn't.  Cross divisional games kill any chance of that being fair.
2013-08-15 09:26:57 AM
1 votes:
I know I am about to get blasted for this but I tend to view the BCS as the first evolutionary step towards a true playoff.

Our current "good ol days", the pre BCS system, was a sham and FAR more exclusive then the BCS ever was. Utah, Boise State, Hawaii and Northern Illinois would have NEVER played in any major bowl games under the old non-system. The BCS actually opened up the major games and payouts to these schools and conferences. Also teams like Cincinnati, Louisville, TCU and the like would never have had the chance to move up to major conferences had the BCS era never came to pass. As much as everyone hates on it, the BCS has opened more doors than anything before and mandated more inclusion than what was possible previously.

Was it perfect? Hell no! But it was an improvement and moved us down the road to a playoff. Yea a 4 team format is still lacking but anyone who pays attention can see this will evolve into an 8 team playoff and possibly even further. As soon as the powers that run college football figure out how to make the most money out of 4 teams they will expand to 8 and maybe beyond to chase the dollars. Sure it won't be done for the most noble of reasons but at least the fans will get what they want.

In the end the BCS was formed to do 2 things; grow the popularity of the game (to make more money of course) and get #1 to play #2 every year for the title. It did both and eventually led to the beginning of true playoffs and all while letting some of the previously locked out schools get in on the action for the first time as well.
I really do not see why it is perceived as being so evil in the eyes of most CFB fans around here. I am happy to see the game move on from it but to pretend it had no benefits and somehow helped only the major conferences when it actually opened up the major bowls to outside schools for the first time is laughable.
2013-08-15 09:23:37 AM
1 votes:
I had a boil on the crack of my ass once that I'd miss more than the BCS.
2013-08-15 09:22:15 AM
1 votes:

Rapmaster2000: There will be people who do the math and realize that the BCS would have gotten their team in the championship.  Also, the playoff system will piss off the same people the BCS pissed off, just in different ways.

It's easier to deal with when you realize it's just amateur football.


It hasn't been amateur football in decades.
2013-08-15 09:10:31 AM
1 votes:

jayhawk88: Yeah, it'll be fondly remembered when we have an 8 team playoff that literally, by rule, prevents any school not in the SEC, Big12, Pac12, or Big10 from getting a spot, regardless of record.


I have no problem with a school from a smaller conference getting in, but I'd rather not sit through another Georgia-Hawaii.
2013-08-15 08:30:48 AM
1 votes:
There will be people who do the math and realize that the BCS would have gotten their team in the championship.  Also, the playoff system will piss off the same people the BCS pissed off, just in different ways.

It's easier to deal with when you realize it's just amateur football.
2013-08-15 07:05:05 AM
1 votes:
Only in the south
 
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