The USC Trojans, who just lost to 21-14 to Stanford, like many great teams, have plenty reason to be upset at college football’s current system to see who is worthy of a chance to win it all.Because if this current USC team could somehow be transported two years into the future into the year 2014, when the modern-day BCS rankings system is set to to be replaced by a more contemporary playoffs setup, they’d be just as good of a team. Even with a loss to stain their record, they wouldn’t automatically lose out on an opportunity to compete for a national championship. And Matt Barkley, who’s a front-runner for the Heisman award, wouldn’t have to be downgraded for an isolated abysmal performance.But they can’t magically time travel — and now they’re left with no more number two ranking, no more national title or Heisman hopes and a guaranteed trip to a mid-tier Bowl game that nobody really cares about.
Not only is the decision to boot the BCS the best thing to ever happen to college football, it should have happened at least a decade ago because the BCS system, since its inception in 1998, has been BS.
There is no reason top-ranking teams should be so heavily penalized for losing just once. College football has been the only sport on the collegiate level, from women’s water polo to men’s lacrosse to even lower division football, to not have a playoff system, and that’s simply a travesty for everyone involved.
The nation’s most popular sport is finally free from the computerized opinion of the BCS, and teams, players and coaches can now decide who’s the best overall team by leaving everything out on the gridiron.
Gone will be the days of the Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. Gone are the days of going undefeated and being forced to play a second-rate team in the whatever garbage Bowl. Gone will be the days of banking on the admitted for-fun rankings of a dentist, who just happens to be a giant fan of football, for your team to reach the proper Bowl game it deserves, and no more fretting over what a machine thinks about your team.
Now football teams can show their greatness by coming through in clutch moments needed to advance. Those NFL fans who dislike college football “because the rules are too different” can finally make the transition and not be bored on Saturday mornings. The playoffs are finally here, and they bring giant change with them.
The new system, which creates a pair of semi-final games, is what fans have been calling on for years. As advertisers notice how much more watched this already-immensely popular sport becomes, the system, with funding, will evolve into something similar to that of the NFL’s postseason.
If the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is any indication, these new football playoffs are going to blow up fast. March Madness started off with just eight teams in 1939 but blossomed into a 68-team slugfest and one of the nation’s most watched events. Watch football do the same, though anything more than a 16-team format would be excessive.
2014 can’t come any sooner.