Jeff Gravley

Somebody please fix this mess!!

Posted December 5, 2011
Updated December 6, 2011

For the love of Pete will someone or some group please come forward and fix this mess of a college football championship!!! At least make an attempt to include more teams with a chance to win a title.

I know, I know I hear ya. Every Saturday is a playoff game. Hogwash. 

OK, so in the six computer rankings used in the BCS standings, Oklahoma State was second in four of them, Alabama had a pair of second place computer rankings.

OK, move to the Harris Interactive poll filled with former and current players, coaches and members of the media - 115 of them to be exact. I can take this mixture. The Harris went like this...1)LSU 2) Alabama 3) Oklahoma State. 

OK, now to the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll. Here is where I have a real problem.

First of all, if you think the good 'ole boy network comes into play when coaches hire coaches, what about when coaches vote for teams? There are past relationships (good or bad) between coaches. There are allegiances to the conferences they play in and a real urge to beat the leagues they recruit and play against. 

The following SEC coaches who voted in the latest poll had Alabama No. 2 and Oklahoma State No. 3: Les Miles (LSU), Gene Chizik (Auburn), Steve Spurrier (South Carolina), Mark Richt (Georgia). What about Alabama's NIck Saban? He voted his Crimson Tide No. 2, Stanford 3rd and Oklahoma State 4th. 

Members of the media get roasted for not watching teams they actually vote for or don't vote for. Do you really think all of the voting coaches come home on a Saturday night after their game and watch a day of college football before voting? Heck, are they the ones who cast the vote or is it a member of their staff or sports information department who fill out the top 25 ballot?

I know the coaches poll is only one-third of the equation but it just contributes to skepticism.

So if this is the system of judgment we are stuck with, what in the name of fair play can be done? Let's start with a four-team field from the BCS standings and let them slug it out on the field. Then we can look at increasing it to eight and possibly 12 teams in a playoff. 

Many teams play differently at the end of the year than the beginning. Those playing well enough and ranked high enough deserve a chance to battle for a national title on the field. 

I eagerly await the rematch of Alabama and LSU but wouldn't we have a better postseason if BCS No. 3 Oklahoma State and BCS No. 4 Stanford were included in the party? 

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  • Gunnstigator Dec 8, 8:40 p.m.

    I'm all for a playoff system. Four is a nice start, but I'd love to see it go to 12 or even 16. Wouldn't there be a ton of money to be made by having a playoff system?

  • robster Dec 7, 12:21 p.m.

    If you're a school that doesn't like it(the BCS), then withdraw from the association/entity. No one is making anyone participate.

  • Hammerhead Dec 6, 10:06 a.m.

    Really, another thread on the absurdity of the BCS system?

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