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Tuesday Question - Make One Change To The BCS
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West Virginia RB Noel Devine
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Posted Nov 11, 2008


Tuesday Question ... You can make one change to the BCS system, what would it be?

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Pete Fiutak     

Q: You can make one change to the BCS system, what would it be?

A: Make strength of schedule one-quarter of the formula, decrease the human polls to half, and the computers to a fourth.

If the whole idea behind the BCS is to create a system of the most deserving teams getting in, then why not actually give the credit to the teams that played the nasty schedules? Why not reward the teams that go out of their way to play a tough non-conference schedule and punish those who take it easy?

It's a basic concept that gets lost in the discussion. Yeah, Utah is great, but would it be within shouting distance of the BCS if it played in the SEC, Big 12, and yeah, I said it, the ACC or Big 10? No. The same goes for Boise State and Ball State.

Texas, so far, has the fourth toughest schedule. Shouldn't that mean everything compared to, say, Alabama, who, currently has  the 96th most difficult schedule? Ball State has the 111th ranked schedule, while Florida has the 13th.

It's the most basic of components, and now it has to be the most important.

Richard Cirminiello      

Q: You can make one change to the BCS system, what would it be?

A: It’ll never happen, but I’d scrap the current method of selecting schools for the five bowl games and simply hand out invites to the top 10 teams. Simple, right? If four of those programs reside in one conference, so be it. I want to see the best programs rewarded at the end of the year and the best match ups in January. This season, for instance. Teams, like Cincinnati and Maryland, are doing some good things, but I don’t want to see either in a marquee bowl game in place of the third best contender out of the Big 12. Cincinnati or Oklahoma? Check the score of the game when these two met on Sept. 6.

A couple of other things worth considering: First, road wins are substantially more valuable than home wins, and should somehow be factored into the formula. So, too, should margin of victory. You could cap this with a law of diminishing returns to prevent poor sportsmanship. However, anyone who denies that Texas Tech’s 56-20 rout of Oklahoma State is akin to Texas’ 28-24 defeat of the Cowboys obviously did not watch the two games. What is so frightening to the powers-that-be about margin of victory?   

Matthew Zemek

Q: You can make one change to the BCS system, what would it be?

A: If given only one chance to reform the BCS as it currently exists, the top priority would have to be the insertion of a requirement that all teams involved in the BCS debate play 13 games.
 
Teams in the Big 12 and SEC are already in a situation--annually, not just this year--where they can play 13 games, due to the presence of a conference championship game on the first weekend of December. The teams in the Big 12 South do not yet know if they'll play on Dec. 6, but one of them knows that after Nov. 29, one of them will have to don the pads, catch a flight (or perhaps a bus if the journey is short enough), and play a game at a neutral site.
 
The obvious question becomes, "Why can't a USC or a Penn State enjoy this same amount of leverage in the attempt to make a statement?" Moreover, why couldn't the Big 12 South's one or two runners-up have the chance to make the same statement?
 
If the BCS really wants to do something healthy, it will require a provisional thirteenth game for the teams involved in the BCS race that don't get the opportunity to play in the SEC or Big 12 title games. Preference should go to other conference champions in the BCS mix, but with a scenario such as the one we could face in a few weeks, a divisional runner-up that is excluded from a conference title game through no real fault of its own should also play a provisional thirteenth game.
 
Make the 12-game regular season end for every team (except Army and Navy, which just agreed to play later in December) in the month of November. Set aside the first Saturday of December for the conference title games, and for provisional thirteenth games in warm-weather cities or domed stadiums across the country. Play as many of these provisional games as necessary.
 
It wouldn't be a playoff. It would merely be a case of "evening out the regular season" and giving teams soft and strong alike the chance to make a serious statement about their credentials. Penn State and USC--and also a Utah or a Boise State, or even a Ball State or Tulsa--could enhance their profile, while the runners-up in the Big 12 South could do the same.
 
It's silly and disingenuous to say that the BCS makes every regular-season game a playoff, when some teams have 12 games and others have 13. Make all BCS contenders play the extra game, however, and the BCS system would finally have more of a level playing field. There's no other reform that could possibly have more real-world merit than this one.

Steve Silverman

Q: You can make one change to the BCS system, what would it be?

A: As bad as the BCS system is, it is far better than what was in place before... which was absolute chaos. The change that needs to be to get rid of the automatic bids for the six conferences and allow the other leagues more into the mix. The Mountain West, WAC and the MAC are doing enough to at least show they can compete, and while there shouldn't be more automatic bids, if you got rid of the automatic bids that are there, you'd get more worthy teams in. Teams that might not be top 10 worthy, like the Big East and ACC champion this year, aren't automatically in and you'd have more competitive games. Why should anyone be on the outside looking in just because they're not considered a big boy by the BCS big wigs? Don't force the bad teams on us just because they're a conference champion.