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Death to the BCS

October 18, 2010

Most people know that I think the BCS is an absolute pile of steaming crap. There have been a lot of different proposals for playoff systems, and almost any of them would be better than the current system. But my personal favorite, far and away, is Dan Wetzel’s seeded 16-team playoff proposal. It would take all eleven conference champions (Big East, Big Televen, Big XII, Pac-10, SEC, ACC, MWC, MAC, C-USA, WAC, and Sun Belt) and five at-large teams. The first two or three rounds would be at the higher seeds, while the championship game and possibly the semifinals would be at (a) neutral site(s).

I’m not going to argue the whole thing in this post — Wetzel has already made that argument much more cogently than I could — but I wanted to give that background before sharing a couple links with you.

Dan Wetzel, Josh Peter, and Jeff Passan have written a behind-the-scenes look at the current bowl system and the BCS, explaining how it evolved to give us this mess of a post-season and who benefits financially. (Hint: it’s not the schools, it’s not the conferences, and it’s not the NCAA.) Wetzel recently did an interview on this topic with WMC blog Mountain West Connection: “Death To The BCS: Interview With Author Dan Wetzel“. Then, if you want to read more, pick up the book, Death to the BCS: The Definitive Case Against the Bowl Championship Series.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. October 19, 2010 12:46 am

    The BCS isn’t going anywhere unfortunately. It keeps the best of both worlds in that it annoints a “champion” and it allows the schools to go to their bowl games.

    • October 21, 2010 9:27 am

      I disagree that the BCS is the best of both worlds. Any system in which a team that has lost a single game by a single point in the last two-and-a-half years does not even get a chance to play for a national championship (and mark my words, unless a whole bunch of AQ-conference teams lose games, Boise State will not be in the BCSNCG) is so flawed as to be worthless.

      I agree, however, that the BCS isn’t going anywhere. There’s too much money at stake for the entrenched powers to give up without a big fight, and being the entrenched powers, they’re likely to win such a fight.

  2. October 20, 2010 12:19 pm

    The book was great. I also wrote a small book review about it. Check it out.

  3. Jason B. Pear permalink
    May 5, 2011 7:43 pm

    http://thebennettcommentary.wordpress.com/2011/05/05/competitive-sports/

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