Is that Dr. Evil in the picture above? No. That’s Bill Hancock, Executive Director of the BCS, aka the boss who runs the system that makes no sense. I’m hoping this year’s college football contenders wreck his Christmas once and for all. That’s why I’m rooting for the final four remaining undefeated teams finish their slate that way.
Hancock is the man who had to be dragged kicking and screaming to the playoff table, years after standing by this archaic system claiming “every game counts”. Despite that slogan, this system refused teams like the undefeated 2010 TCU Horned Frogs from getting a chance to play for the crystal football while allowing others like the 2008 LSU Tigers, despite two losses, to play in the “big game”.
Obviously, come 2014 we should start to see some sort of a resolution to this problem with a four team playoff. While I don’t think that’s enough teams, given the increasing size of FBS college football, it will do for a bit. My point is why can’t we start it this year as conditions warrant Listen, I know the usual excuses that begin like this: “we need more time to get all the logistics set up and make sure all our venues are in place”, yada, yada, yada, That’s a load of bull. We aren’t going to the moon. This is bringing equity to college football.
My proposal would be the following….
I would have the Notre Dame Fighting Irish and Alabama Crimson Tide face off in a “national semifinal” at LP Field in Nashville on Saturday, December 16th. That’s a true “neutral” venue since it’s around halfway from both campuses. Assuming both teams are undefeated they’d have minimum of two weeks to prepare for one another That’s more than enough time for both game planning and recovery from injuries. Plus, they can go home for a week like an NFL team does for a bye.
In the other semifinal game I would have the Oregon Ducks and the Kansas State Wildcats at Sports Authority Field in Denver. Again, this is around the same distance from each campus and it would take place the same day as the first game, Saturday, December 16th. Coincidentally, both NFL teams that play at these venues do not have a Sunday afternoon game. The Tennessee Titans are actually at home on Monday night against the New York Jets but since ESPN does not have “flex” rights to the game it won’t be moved anyways. A day is plenty of a turnaround for a professional grounds crew. They do it all the time during the regular season.
Additionally, this would give both fan bases ample time to make travel arrangements. Under the current bowl arrangements, fans of teams going to even the “minor bowls” only have 2 to 3 weeks to figure out how they are going to get to “city x”. This really doesn’t change under my timeline. If anything, it allows them to start tentatively planning right now.
I saw something today that said the mathematical probability of all four teams going undefeated to be around 1%. I’m no math major but besides Oregon I certainly like the other three to run the table. Alabama will host LSU this weekend and then has the SEC title game probably against the Georgia Bulldogs. Certainly no easy task but the Crimson Tide have shown they are the best team all year long and should be favored. Georgia, after all, just won a slop fest against the Florida Gators and were shellacked by a fading South Carolina Gamecocks team. Notre Dame has one roadblock left as they visit the USC Trojans. The “SoCal boys” have great weapons on offense but have shown they can be had over a 60 minute ballgame as they don’t have a lot of depth on their defense. Kansas State has already played their biggest games and the Wildcats have taken care of business. I suppose TCU on the road could be a trap with that Horned Frogs defense although it has been carved up recently like a Thanksgiving turkey.
Just cross your fingers and hope the “quack attack” can be physical with USC this weekend, perhaps twice given the PAC-12 title game, and defend the deep threat of the Oregon State Beavers in the “Civil War”, the final week of the regular season.
If this was a swing state in next Tuesday’s Presidential election I’d change the likelihood we get four undefeated teams from a “toss up to likely”. Unlike that race, a decisive victory in this one would benefit ALL college football fans.
Talk about bipartisanship!