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If only there were BCS bustersPosted Tuesday, November 24, 2009, at 3:20 PM
There's just a couple of weeks left in the college football regular season -- and once again -- there's probably going to be some controversy over who wins the mythical national championship.
Sitting at the top of the Bowl Championship Series standings we have the Florida Gators followed closely by Alabama and Texas.
That's all well and good, but I'd like just for once, to see things shaken up so badly that a non-BCS conference has a staked interest in the so-called national championship game.
Let's take a look at how things might fall, then how I would like to see them fall. And anyone who knows how I feel about the BCS knows that if there's a way to submarine it, then let's make it happen.
The top two teams in the BCS poll will square off in Pasadena in January. So that means that if Florida knocks off Florida State and Alabama defeats Auburn then both teams will go into the Southeastern Conference title game unbeaten -- and thus the loser will be eliminated and the winner will probably be one team.
Next in the rankings are the Longhorns of Texas and the Horned Frogs of Texas Christian University.
The Longhorns have a date with Texas A&M on Thursday and then the Big 12 title game, while TCU hosts New Mexico on Saturday.
So both of those teams will likely win putting Texas unbeaten into the Big 12 championship and TCU sitting on the outside looking in.
Now let's take a look at what would happen if my alternate universe reigned supreme and the BCS fell to pieces.
In a BCS-busting world, Florida State would overcome a late fourth quarter deficit and hand the Gators their first setback right after the Auburn Tigers topple mighty Alabama.
Hopefully, that would be enough to knock both out of the title game, especially since one of them will have two losses following the SEC championship.
Then we come to Texas who would first drop a lopsided decision to Texas A&M and then lose even more handily in the Big 12 title game.
That would leave TCU (from the Mountain West Conference) and Cincinnati (from the Big East) sitting near the top. But wait, you didn't think I would let it be that simple did you?
Next the Bearcats would fall prey to an undermanned and overly excited Illinois team on Friday, leaving them hopelessly dangling just out of the title picture.
That would be followed by a Boise State win over Nevada, clinching the Western Athletic Conference for the Broncos and putting the BCS voters into a predicament they hoped would never come about -- a pair of unbeaten and top ranked non-BCS automatic qualifiers sitting atop their silly rankings.
Boy wouldn't that be a sweet way to see TCU and Boise State travel to Pasadena while Texas, Florida, Alabama and Cincinnati have to settle for playing in another BCS bowl game.
Somehow I don't think it would make much difference. Especially when you consider how the television ratings would be affected.
Fox Sports carries the BCS title game and all of the other BCS bowls except for the Rose Bowl. And that's where the computers, coaches and other factors would chime in.
Who would want to watch two teams not from the Big 12, Big 10, ACC, Pac-10 or Big East play for a national championship?
Who would want to see small colleges, who have traditionally not been a part of the title game, have success?
Me, that's who.
I for one would like to see the BCS replaced with something more substantial than another made-for-TV sporting event.
Television controls the NFL, Major League Baseball and college basketball and football. So, isn't time that we scrap the system we have in place and put a ribbon on the season with a true title contest, regardless of which conference is represented?
Perhaps in a perfect world things would fall into place like I have wished. But unfortunately we're not in a perfect world and therefore don't expect things to change anytime soon.
Rick Curl is a sports writer with the Greene County Daily World. He can be reached at (812) 847-4487, ext. 20 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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