Bye-Bye to the BCS System in Division I College Football


By Dan Canova

When you think of playoff tournaments, you anticipate the unpredictability of sports and what it may bring to the table.

In every major sport — football, basketball, baseball, soccer, hockey — you have a regular season, which is then followed by a playoff system, which ultimately determines the greatest team of that year.

However, college football is different.  The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is a selection system that creates bowl match-ups among the top 10 ranked teams in Division I football, including the National Championship Game between the “two best teams” in the nation.

So, you’re telling me, college football, which is only behind the NFL in terms of popularity in the United States, determines a champion each year based on a computer system?

As I just stated, isn’t the beauty of sports all over the world its unpredictability? How can you create a system that determines who should play for the Division I Football Championship?

In June 2012, the NCAA announced the BCS will be replaced by a four-team playoff to determine the college football champion, starting in 2014. Even four teams isn’t enough.

For the full length article pick up the print edition of The Tower on Thursday, February 28.

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