The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is finally coming to its senses. On Thursday, the BCS released a two-page statement announcing eight proposals that the organization will consider in a Florida meeting that will be held April 24-26.
Of course, the only change in which college football fans are interested is a playoff for Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS and formally Division I-A) teams. It appears BCS executive director Bill Hancock has had a change of heart about how a playoff would “destroy” the value of the regular season, which also has no structure.
There are several proposals about a potential college football playoff, but the only one that has a real chance to become a reality is the plus-one system. In this specific proposal, the top four teams in the final BCS standings would play in a four-team playoff, although the BCS refuses to use the word “playoff” and instead calls it a “four-team event.”
According to this ESPN report, the possibilities of that four-team playoff include these points:
• Two semifinal games and then the title games all played as bowl games
• Two semifinal games played as bowls then the title game played at another rotating bowl game
• Two semifinal games and the title game all played as separate playoff games outside the bowls
• Two semifinal games played at the home team’s field and then the title game played at a neutral site
There are some other proposals in the statement that are like the BCS – they make no sense whatsoever. For example, one scenario has only teams from the Pac-12 and Big Ten conferences playing in the playoff.
The BCS is as moronic as American organizations get, but at least this is a step in the right direction. Anything is better than the current system as the 2012 NCAA Basketball Tournament proved again this year.