A not-so fond farewell to the BCS

col-tbuzz (2)It’s already a happy new year for college football fans, if for no other reason than knowing its the last one we will have to spend at the mercy of the BCS.

Yet even though I know the unfair system is on its way out the door, I can’t help to give it one last kick in the “S” for making us sit through a New Year’s Day primetime matchup of Central Florida and Baylor.

It’s been 16 long seasons since the major conferences, college presidents and TV networks conspired to maximize the revenue production of the sport while minimizing the excitement of the bowl games.

Through some mathematic formula that most of us still don’t understand, the BCS managed to hijack the mythical national championship by putting a shiny new paint job on a broken-down lemon. It still doesn’t work but they sold it to the public as a classic.

A classic failure, as history will show. BCS backers wasted 16 years transitioning from the defunct system to a playoff, joining every other college sports at every level by crowning a champion by test of a tournament.

It’s easy to drag your feet when you are raking in millions of dollars by the bowl, and that’s exactly what happened. But all that really proves is that college football fans are so loyal they will watch no matter how badly it is run.

Granted, the “playoff” system that takes affect next year includes room for only four teams, but it’s better than the BCS alternative of two. And the booming popularity of the sport will only grow louder at this time in 2015.

Fans of four lucky teams plus general college-football lovers all across the country can see the national title decided on the field for the first time rather than letting some computer pick two worthy participants.

That’s been a real challenge for the BCS, which passed up higher ranked teams like No. 8 Missouri, No. 9 South Carolina and No. 10 Oregon this year to extend BCS bowl bids to No. 11 Oklahoma, No. 12 Clemson and No. 15 Central Florida.

Next year teams will be narrowed down to four by a selection committee, but there will still be plenty of bowl bids to go around. Fans whose teams do not make the Final Four will still have plenty of reason to watch their teams in the bowls. Despite the BCS’s claims, it is possible for the bowls and a playoff to peacefully coexist.

Will there be debate? Of course, there always has and always will. But it’s a lot easier for me to listen to the fifth best team in the nation complain about being left out of the Final over an undefeated No. 3 team that doesn’t get a shot.

So I will grin and bear this what’s left of the bowl lineup and wait for the BCS to exit stage left. Anybody got a rotten tomato?

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