So… who thinks that there’s going to be an SEC vs SEC BCS title game this year?
If you think that, let me break it down for you as two why that won’t happen.
Four words: PAC-12 Commissioner Larry Scott.
This man, who took the PAC-10 from near irrelevance (remember when it was USC and the PAC-9?) to possibly the second ranked conference in the nation, will not allow an unbeaten Stanford team to miss out on the BCS title game. He holds a lot of sway and, barring some Rose Bowl snafu (Stanford will probably be the PAC-12 champion, then it’ll probably be Oregon in the Rose Bowl… except that they will not have that automatic BCS berth because Boise State will, more than likely, be undefeated), there is little doubt that an undefeated Stanford will settle for a Rose Bowl berth this year. Hell, the TV execs are already drooling at an Auburn or LSU defense against the Luck-led Stanford smash mouth offense. And bowl games are all about the money. Screw tradition.
Next, you think that a one loss LSU or Alabama playing what would essentially be a rematch wouldn’t cause more people to doubt the credibility of the BCS? Think of the legal ramifications of screwing over an undefeated Oklahoma State, Boise State or Stanford would cause. These are big money games for these schools and while the other BCS games are worth millions as well, there’s a difference between 10 and 20 million dollars. A big difference.
I can see the anti-trust suit and RICO lawsuits coming a mile away. The BCS would collapse. You think politicians have anything better to do? Think about what Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) threatened to do if Kentucky congressman Mitch McConnell (R-KY) went ahead and tried to use congressional clout to block West Virginia University from bailing on the Big East to join the Big 12. Now think about just how much uglier it would become if one of the aforementioned universities are unbeaten and get passed over for a one loss team from the SEC.
I would love to be in the room full of BCS officials when the FBI kicks their door in and serves them with search warrants… well, maybe a fly on the wall. Not in the room. That would be bad for me.
Yes, I know that I’ve been writing less about… writing this week and more about what’s going on in the world. I just wanted to show you that I don’t have my head in the sand and pay attention to what’s going on around me.
…Justin Bieber cut his hair? No sh*t? Huh… oh, nope, wait. He just changed his part.
One thought on “BCS Buster”
I’m with you regarding the BCS. I think they’re a bunch of crooks. I also think that Wisconsin (UW-Madison) will be hosed under the BCS; they played hard, they got victimized by _several_ bad calls in that game against Michigan State, and despite that, the game was virtually even _anyway_ with only a last-second “Hail Mary” pass ending the thing last weekend.
Yet Wisconsin dropped ten or more places in the BCS rankings due to this, which isn’t fair.
That’s the main reason why I can follow your reasoning here (though I do follow college football, the SEC isn’t as visceral as the Big Ten or Big Twelve is to me, though the Big Twelve gets less relevant every day, especially due to Nebraska “escaping” to the Big Ten); if you have two or more excellent teams in one league, that means one or both teams will not be an “unbeaten” team and will suffer in the (wholly arbitrary) BCS rankings. That is nonsensical, and it gets worse from there.
Anyway, going back to the “the BCS are a bunch of crooks” thing (me quoting myself), _they_ set this up for their _own_ benefit. At some point, the house of cards _will_ fall down and I’m like you; I can’t wait to see it. (And writing about it, after the fact, would be interesting, too. Something with a “Last Days of Pompeii” spin, methinks.)