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January 7, 2008 11:30 PM

Drew Litton: LSU, BCS, What a Mess

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And so this is how the season ends. LSU crushes the Buckeyes and lays claim to the mythical National Championship while other deserving teams (Kansas comes to mind) sit and home and cry wolf. It's the same thing year after year after year. No Playoff. Just more BCS. The bowls were practically unwatchable, strung out almost as long as the NBA season.
Until TV ratings for bowl games drop off significantly we're stuck with computers and stats deciding champions. There's got to be a better way, and there is...PLAYOFFS!



Discussion

  • January 8, 2008

    5:22 AM

    Brian writes:

    They are talking about a final four plus one system in the near future. I think each conference champion should fight for the BCS prize in an 8 - 10 team playoff.

  • January 8, 2008

    8:20 AM

    Michael writes:

    There are thirty-some odd bowls now. If we had a 16 team playoff system - all of those bowls could be turned into a playoff game.
    I know that money is the biggest reason why there is no change, but you would think that all of these bowls would see how much more meaningful and exciting would these meaningless bowls be if they had National Championship implications. I might actually watch the Chick-Fil-A Bowl if it was part of a playoff system.
    This plus-one system being kicked around would be an improvement, but it could be even better if there was a full fledged post-season tournament.
    I want a real Championship - who cares if LSU is the champion - did they really earn it? NO How did they prove that they are better than Kansas or Georgia or USC or West Virginia.

  • January 8, 2008

    8:32 AM

    Chris writes:

    Drew,
    Although I agree with your disdain for the B.S. system (did I forget a letter?), I cannot say that Kansas would have been in any playoff. If you cannot win your conference, you should not be in it for a National Title. Kansas should have played that well against Missouri. At least this debacle might force a change. Highly doubtful, but might.

  • January 8, 2008

    9:57 AM

    Tom writes:

    Until the almighty dollar stops being the focus, there won't be playoffs.
    Until there isn't a need for games to be sponsored in such idiotic fashions, this will continue to be a circus. It's not just college football either. I mean....individual highlights are sponsored. "This replay sponsored by Pepto-Bismol!". Years back, I found myself constantly amazed that Joe Theismann's teeth weren't sponsored on Sunday Night Football.
    The corporate influence on the games is disturbing at least. The advertising involved has gotten way out of hand. But, the only way to stop this trend is for people to stop using/buying products. That will never happen, so it's quite the futile fight.

    Sad, really.

  • January 8, 2008

    12:04 PM

    Badger in Northglenn writes:

    Fixing the BCS:

    1)Place all 120 FBS into 10 seperate 12-team conferences (likely eliminating the WAC, which would be scavenged by the MWC, Pac-10 and Sun Belt).

    2)All conferences will have a championship game.

    3)Eight highest-ranked conference champions (champions ONLY) are seeded into an 8-Team bracket by ranking.

    4)Quarterfinals: Around Christmas. Semis: New Years. Final: Week later.

    5)Retain Mid-Major and Minor Bowls (Holiday, Gator, Alamo, etc.) for runners-up and 2 non-qualifing conference champs.

  • January 8, 2008

    12:07 PM

    Badger in Northglenn writes:

    Tom:

    If the games weren't so entertaining, they wouldn't be sponsored. In fact, sponsorship was arguably worse in the old days, to the point we confuse it with tradition (Wrigley Field, anyone?)

  • January 8, 2008

    12:35 PM

    Bob writes:

    Something I noticed from an article concerning the Nuggets game vs. Phoenix last night where the Nuggets got blown out.

    "They got happy, they got cocky and they rubbed our face in the game a little bit," Denver coach George Karl said. "It will be fun the next time we play them. . . . I think players should play hard, but I'm not sure they should flaunt the 3-ball."

    NOTE TO GEORGE:

    Teach your players how to STOP the 3-ball, and also face up to the fact that your team cannot match teams like Phoenix.

  • January 9, 2008

    8:59 AM

    MJ writes:

    Has a coach or player ever dropped that shiny crystal football after the NC game? That would be something to see on TV, that crystal football exploding into a million pieces when it hits the ground. Oh yeah, we need a new system. The BCS is bad.

  • March 15, 2008

    3:22 PM

    John writes:

    Ummm...KU didn't even PLAY for the Big 12 title...UGA didn't play for the SEC title...WVU lost to freakin' PITT-at HOME...USC lost to freakin' STANFORD-at HOME...you tell me who should have played besides OSU and LSU...

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