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Fix the BCS!

As if we needed more proof that we live in a fallen world, how on earth can the BCS title game not include USC? 

Pete Carroll's Trojans spanked a very good Penn State team from beginning to end.  Despite all the talk about the weakness of West Coast football, the Pac-Ten team won each one of their bowl games.  Oklahoma against Florida?  Give me a break!  It should be USC against the Gators, plain and simple!

Looks like more and more folks are getting onboard with the "BCS plus one" proposal.  All the major bowl games would be played again on New Years' Eve or Day--rather than scattering them all over the place.  These five bowl games (all the traditional ones) would feature the six major conference winners, plus four wildcard teams.  Then, the next week there would be a single game playoff between the two teams that had the highest computer rankings from the bowl games the week before.  Now that makes sense . . . 

But since this makes so much sense, it will probably never come to pass.  I'm certain that in order to be one of NCAA officials who decides such things, you must first have been a member of Congress.

Reader Comments (12)

Thanks for at least admitting Penn State is a very good time. You're alright Dr. Riddlebarger! :)
January 2, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterpresbyterian_keith
Oklahoma lost to a top 5 team. USC did not. That pretty much settles it. Carroll needs to get over it and live with the system. He always seems to be the lead belly aching. Just my thoughts.
January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBW
Of course a playoff like that will never come to pass, even though it makes perfect sense - there's too much money floating around in the "bowl" system the way it's structured now to dispense with it.
January 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
All I can say is ugghh! I bleed navy blue and white and have taught my 4 year old son to shout 'JoePa' whenever he sees him in the paper or on TV. I was trying to eat dinner & watch the game, but finally resigned to shutting it off at half time. I said to my wife, "Penn State is getting killed!" And my son asked why they were all dying. Quite precious that boy is. I'll give in - let's have a playoff.
January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChris M.
Play offs . . . play offs . . . play offs!

Though my blood flows crimson and gold, I'm afraid I'm a bit of a skeptic with 'SC at times. Though they clearly dominated the game, that Penn State offense gave a top-notch defensive team a run for their money - especially at the end. Nevertheless, looks like not only 'SC, but the Pac-10 in general is a stronger conference than most people (be they Big-10 or SEC) are willing to admit. Yes it's the "left" coast, but they sure now how to play a mean game of ball out here!

More on track with the post - I like it, KR. It's a nice way of salvaging both systems until they can switch to a straight play-off model . . . though I can't help but think that the playing done at the bowl games will make for a tough set of numbers to crunch. Oh well . . . what else is new with a computer-generated ranking model!
January 3, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew C
Hey BW don't be so PC talking about your "thoughts." Just because the Riddleblog demands our respect doesn' t mean we should let our venerable teacher get by with whining over his poor USC team. Let us just tell the truth; OU Rules, Boomer Sooner: Take a win alllllll the way to the White Horse Inn! Go Big Game Bob, beat Florida!
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJW
Yeah, ain't that the truth Pastor Kim. The analogy with Congress was spot on- the same dynamic controls the decision making of both groups; just follow the money. I think you could also include in the group the beaurocrats who govern the Lutheran and Reformed Church bodies
January 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJohn Y
USC is very good. They beat a good team out of an average conference in a home game / bowl. This is better than the guantlet either OU or Florida had to run to get to the championship game? Not quite. The Big 10 rep has been crushed by the SEC champs two years in a row...prior to that, the supposedly unbeatable Trojans lost to a Big 12 team. In the last 4 years, the Big 12 and SEC champs have separated themselves as clearly the best. USC has the recruiting and skill to catch them...but not this year.

I am definitely for a playoff system. That almost certainly won't happen. The "plus one" idea is a good compromise. It might happen, not because it makes more sense...but because it would make more money. I'd still take it.
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeff Anderson
I'm a Buckeye and I also say that it is a travesty that USC was not in the championship. No way they destroy OSU and PSU like they're High School teams and not deserve the nod. I'm all for a playoff even though it would hurt the Big Ten's chances of ever getting a chance to win. lol
January 5, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMark Priestap
Penn State talked a big talk about how good they were but never played as good as they could have. I do think USC should get a chance to play for a championship. What more do they have to do? They won most of their games by at least 25 points, dominating most teams with ease.

As for BW comments, when something is just not fair then yes try to change it. Isn’t that what Luther did with the Catholic Church? System is not fair then try to improve it or make it a more fair system. USC would of won anyone of those bowl games.
January 6, 2009 | Unregistered Commentertiminator
Not sure the Pac-10 bowl record means much, I mean - the Big 12 North is undefeated in their bowl matchups (3-0).

Not a fan, but Utah has the biggest gripe, they have yet to lose...

Texas also has much to gripe out, with them being shut out of the Big 12 championship game (despite beating Oklahoma).

Playoffs are good enough for every other division of college football...and every other sport for that matter.
January 7, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJeremy
Until then ... the Gators will continue to rack up national championships ... Urban ... II ... xD
January 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJack in CO

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