The rematch (or should I call it The Rematch?) is on, the bowls are set and the BCS is back on the hot seat (Mark Richt’s not using it now, anyway).
The BCS is being blamed for every perceived shortcoming in college football except for what Mike Bobo’s being blamed for (I could go on like that forever), but here are my two favorite bullet points:
- The match ups suck! This year’s poster boy is the Sugar Bowl, with its choice of Virginia Tech over Kansas State, because this is supposed to matter: “The Wildcats are also ranked higher than Virginia Tech in both human polls and all six computer polls, as if anyone still cares about that sort of thing.” But it doesn’t, except in the title game, and it never has. By the way, it’s a funny thing, but most of the upper tier bowls have pretty good match ups this time around. The Sugar’s not interesting, but the Rose and Fiesta look compelling. And while the teams in the Orange Bowl aren’t ranked particularly high, there should be plenty of offensive fireworks.
- Alabama or Oklahoma State? Ah, the angst. Can you feel it? There’s just one thing I wish playoff advocates would explain to me. When you get down to it, the BCS is a one-game playoff. How is the debate we’re hearing this time about #2 vs. #3 going to disappear magically with a bigger playoff? In other words, what’s different about it from the argument over the merits of #4 vs. #5?… or #8 vs. #9?… or #16 vs.?… well, you get the idea. The answer, of course, is that it’s not a damned bit different. This simply isn’t a problem an extended playoff solves. Rather, it’s just fuel to add to the extension fire.