For years college football fans and pundits cried about the flaws in the BCS, and went to great lengths to show the BCS committee that changes needed to be made. It wasn’t until last season when the SEC occupied both the No.1 and No.2 spots in the final BCS standings and monopolized the championship game that any action was taken.
Once it was apparent that the SEC was not only going to dominate the championship, but could now also push other conferences out of even being able to contend, the winds of change began blowing.
You had nothing to do with it, President Obama.
A new 4-team “playoff” system has been developed, and the traditional bowl games and their sponsors are supposedly protected. Everyone was…well…mildly happy. The only problem is that the new system doesn’t begin until 2014, which gave the SEC two more seasons to flex their muscle and thumb their noses at the rest of the country.
Last week, when Alabama lost a semi-shocker to Texas A&M, the initial thought was that this could be the end of the SEC’s run of championships, and that the conference that couldn’t be beat would be shut out of the BCS championship game for the first time since it’s inception.
In the words of coach Lee Corso – not so fast my friends.
Not only could the SEC still get a team in the big game, but they could–for the second consecutive year–have both teams playing for the championship of college football, and have those teams play a re-match of a regular season meeting.
How…you ask? Quite simple.
Now of course, this is all in theory and conjecture, and you can prove that an elephant can hang from a cliff with it’s tail tied to a daisy in theory, but your brain (hopefully) tells you that it’s just not going to happen. So let’s just deal in things that have a strong possibility of actually happening.
It’s far too much to assume that the only three unbeaten teams left in the country–Notre Dame, Oregon and Kansas State–will all finish the season undefeated. It’s a safe bet that at least one, more likely two, of those teams will lose one of their remaining games. Possibly, all three.
Notre Dame: remaining games at home against Wake Forest, and traveling to USC. So let’s say the Fighting Irish lose to USC in their final game. The Irish don’t have a conference championship game to boost them back up, so they would likely fall to at least No.5 or lower in the BCS standings.
Oregon: remaining games at home against Stanford, and traveling to Oregon State, as well as a probable match-up with either USC or UCLA in the Pac-12 championship game. This gives the Ducks a strong probability of finishing with 2 or even possibly 3 losses, which would drop them down to No.10 or lower in the BCS standings.
Kansas State: remaining games at Baylor, and then returning home to play Texas. Either or both of those teams could potentially upset the Wildcats, and without a conference championship game to give the voters and computers one more look, a loss to either would also drop them down below No.3 in the BCS standings.
Now if all three of those teams lose one or more games (which is honestly a distinct possibility) then the door is wide open for….
Hello SEC Champion and the Florida Gators.
You heard me right. If the losses mentioned above were to occur, and either Georgia or Alabama (the two probable opponents in the SEC championship game) were to run the table on their remaining games, and Florida was to do the same, it would propel both into the top two slots in the BCS standings.
Now let’s just say for the sake of this discussion, that Georgia pulls the upset and beats Alabama.
Georgia-Florida for the national championship? Are you kidding me? Talk about a match-up that would set the television ratings on fire, and infuriate the rest of the college football world, there it is.
The internet and talk shows would be ablaze with the talk of yet another All-SEC championship that is a re-match of a regular season game. And it’s not even that far fetched of a possibility.
Here’s to the BCS and it’s two-year swan song. Enjoy it while it lasts.