We need a true national champion, not the Bowl Championship Series, something that is controlled by six college football leagues; the SEC, Big East, ACC, Big 12, Pac 10, and Big Ten.
We don’t see a clearer cut reason this year than the three undefeated teams that won’t get a chance to play for a National Championship; Cincinnati, TCU, and Boise State.
TCU and Boise State are two non-BCS conference schools and they have been stuck playing each other in the Fiesta Bowl in Arizona. They big schools were afraid of them and didn’t want them embarrassing their conference schools.
Cincinnati is from the Big East and will be playing in the Sugar Bowl against Florida.
Those three schools should have an equal chance at playing for the National Championship as Texas and Alabama will.
There are excuses, plenty of them, but the main excuse is that there is not enough time and the student athletes would miss too much school. That is an unacceptable excuse for me.The former Division I-AA, now Football Championship Series (FBS), plays a true national championship with 16 teams over four weeks. If they can do it, the Football Bowl Series can do it.
This is how I would do it.
- Take the top 16 teams, one conference champion from the 11 FBS conferences and the next five best teams. Throw in Notre Dame if they qualify.
- Rank the teams and then set up a schedule with 1 playing 16 and so on.
- You play down until you have the final two teams.
- These teams would then play in a National Championship in the same time frame as today.
- The teams that lost would still go to bowl games like they do today.
With this solution, you get the best of both worlds. You get a true playoff system, we don’t see the usual rust like we see in the bowl games, and we still get all the bowl games we like and enjoy over the Christmas and New Year holidays.
If the NCAA and the conferences can’t do it or figure it out, then it’s time for Congress and the government step in and make it impossible for them not to.
Because right now, not everyone is represented equally. Just look at Cincinnati, TCU, and Boise State. They had no chance.
The fans like us deserve it!