Should the bcs be changed to a playoff


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Should the bcs be changed to a playoff

  1. 1. RC Thurston
  2. 2.  The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a five- game showcase of college football. A 2007 Gallop poll showed that 85% of college football fans supported a change to a playoff system of some kind. The BCS games are operated by community- based organizations in each of the host cities.
  3. 3.  The BCS came into picture in the 1998 season. The first BCS championship game was held in January of 1999 between Tennessee and Florida State. Tennessee won 23-16 to become the first BCS National Champions. The first controversy of the BCS was about two years ago.
  4. 4.  The Tostitos Fiesta Bowl The Discover Orange Bowl The Rose Bowl Game The Allstate Sugar Bowl and The BCS National Championship Game that is played at one of the bowl sites.
  5. 5.  Why won’t the BCS be changed to a playoff system? A: “The BCS is working, at least in the conferences eyes. Any chance of a college football playoff is dead” (Mark Schlabach).
  6. 6.  The BCS is unfairly picked. For example this years national championship is LSU vs. Alabama when LSU has already beaten Alabama. So why not give some one else a chance?
  7. 7.  The BCS rewards undefeated BCS teams, so schools sometimes try to schedule games against weaker opponents to protect their records. A playoff would remove the easy schedule. It would make the championship solely about performance.
  8. 8.  A playoff system would not mean the end of the BCS rankings. Which could still be used to determine the top 4, 8, 12, or 16 teams, depending on how many playoff games are feasible. Every game during the regular season would still be as important as under the current system. A few losses would make it difficult for a team to qualify for the playoffs.
  9. 9.  The BCS rankings are designed to favor consistency over the course of the entire season. It rewards teams that beat the opponents they are supposed to beat as well as underdogs that upset higher-ranked teams. Under a playoff system, a team could lose an entire seasons worth of hard work by having one bad day.
  10. 10.  The proposed playoff system alternatives are actually less fair than the BCS system in place. In a league of 120 teams, there is no way for every team to play each other in the course of the regular season, let alone in a playoff during the post-season.
  11. 11.  The BCS conferences have stronger teams in them. An undefeated or one-loss record in a BCS conference should mean more than the same record in a weaker, non-BCS conference because the teams are not facing opponents of the same quality. The BCS rankings consider strength of schedule in the computer rating formulas, and the human voters account for it as well.
  12. 12.  ”The NCAA still has no interest in sponsoring a national playoff” (Mark Emmert NCAA president).
  13. 13.  The BCS need to switch to a playoff system to have a true national championship.