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- Updated: November 18, 2012
Saturday was a wild night in college football with the top 2 teams in the BCS standings losing shaking things up….. Or did it?The BCS was created in 1998 with the intent to determine the top 10 teams in college football and from there figure out who the top 2 teams are to play in the BCS national championship game. This system relies on a combination of polls and computers to narrow the 10 teams to 2 and has been criticized since day one, with many people asking: “Why have a computer determine who plays in the National Championship game?” Well the answer is: because it works!!
Many anti-BCS fans want to claim the BCS continues to get the title game wrong that leads to mismatches and blowouts. In actuality the BCS sets up the top 10 and time and time again the teams eliminate themselves with their play on the field and when the smoke clears the top 2 teams remain…..That’s the whole point right? Perfect example that the BCS works was this past Saturday night. All Kansas state and Oregon had to do was win and more than likely they both would have been a lock for the championship game with a Notre Dame loss…..They both lost. The number one team K-State wasn’t upset last night, they were manhandled by a 4 win team and that killed any chance to go to the championship game. The number 2 Oregon Ducks will not get in because they tried to cut corners to get to the game scoring 55 points a game against the likes of Tennessee Tech and Arkansas State, but lose at home to a tough Stanford team and only scoring 14 points. Is that the computers fault?
Now the ball is in the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame’s court and all they have to do is win and they are in. More than likely the winner of the Alabama vs UGA SEC championship game will be the second team because of K-state and Oregon could not get the job done.
BCS is not perfect but before its creation the system was far from accurate. Prior to its creation the AP (Associated Press) only had the top two teams in the National Championship game 8 times in 56 seasons and BCS has had the top 2 teams play 12 times in a row since 1998. So what systems more accurate?
As we all know the BCS will be replaced with a 4-team playoff beginning in 2014-15, but with the history of the AP before the BCS, is putting the polls back into human hands 100% a good idea? Be careful what you ask for…..