There is little or no story this week at the BCS meetings in Florida due to a lack of consensus for change amongst the presidents and conference commissioners. There is, however, lots of national sports media on the scene. And that’s pretty much the standard recipe for reporting angst.
So it’s no surprise that these guys want something – anything – to happen. Even if they know it really won’t satisfy those who have their knickers twisted over the BCS:
… As much as the public clamors for an NFL-style playoff, there isn’t going to be one. Opponents say it would diminish college football’s regular season.
Even plus-one is flawed, though, and it would amount only to a cookie thrown to satiate an angry beast.
As Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany pointed out before dashing off to Monday’s first marathon meeting, plus-one would have solved nothing last year.
It would have pitted No. 1 Ohio State versus No. 4 Oklahoma in one semifinal and No. 2 Louisiana State versus No. 3 Virginia Tech in a rematch of a regular-season game.
Plus-one would have left out schools many thought were the two best at season’s end: No. 5 Georgia and No. 7 USC.
But hey, there’s always the attractive option of challenging the manhood of the villains of the story (Pac-10, Big Ten and Rose Bowl).
I dare the Pac-10 and Big Ten presidents, chancellors, athletic directors and commissioners to keep up this obstructionist attitude by withdrawing and keeping their hallowed tie to one another.
Yeah! That’ll shame ‘em! Wait a minute… isn’t that what we had before the BCS? Um… well… sort of… OK, yes.
… And as much as I’d like the rest of college football to go on without the Big Ten and Pac-10, as it did in the old Bowl Alliance days, it’s impossible to have a championship game that leaves out Southern California and a Big Ten champion for the SEC to beat up on.
(h/t The Wizard of Odds)