Saying farewell to the BCS
Published: Thursday, December 12th, 2013
Since it’s inception in 1998, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) has been a lot like an uncle you don’t like in your life. He’s family, you know you don’t have to deal with him, but you wouldn’t mind if he were accidentally struck by a meteorite or moved to Antarctica and lost your cell phone number.
For all of the good matchups the BCS has given us during college football’s bowl season, it has given us just as many terrible matchups. In fact, it seems that over the past 16 years, about the only thing the BCS has been great at giving us is controversy and head-scratching decisions. That’s why I’m among the many, many college football fans who won’t be sad to see the BCS go the way of the Dodo Bird and the Edsel after the 2014 BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena.
The BCS was ushered in by a wave of controversy, billed as a system that would finally guarantee us that the top two teams would square off for a title, and eliminate national championships being decided, for the most part, on the whims of the voters without the top two teams ever playing. So much for that. It was a good thought.
After a couple solid years, the BCS produced controversy after controversy, as al.com reminds us, starting in 2000, when the BCS standings spit out one-loss Florida State against undefeated Oklahoma for the national championship even though the Seminoles’ one loss came against Miami, which also had only one loss. The Hurricanes were No. 2 in both human polls but got left out.
In addition, Pac-10 champion Washington was a one-loss team that handed Miami its only loss, so there were three teams with a legitimate claim to play Oklahoma. Florida State lost 13-2 to Oklahoma, and Miami and Washington both won their bowls.
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