While we’re all summoning up a few choice words to say as the last rites are being performed over the prostrate body of the BCS (death by greed), at the risk of sounding too much like Bill Hancock, I think it’s worth remembering that despite its flawed moments, of which it’s certainly had its share, the BCS did good in three significant ways.
- It got us a 1 vs. 2 matchup on a consistent basis.“… it accomplished its goal of pairing college football’s consensus No. 1 and No. 2 teams in a title game 11 times in 14 seasons. That kind of efficiency would have been a pipe dream in the old system of bowls and polls, wherein only nine times in 35 seasons between 1963 and 1997 did the Associated Press’ top two teams meet in a bowl game.” That was its reason for coming into being and given the competing interests involved (as we’re seeing now), that was no small task.
- It added to college football’s success story over the past two decades. Ratings are up. Attendance is up. TV contracts have grown immensely in value. I think you’d have to say that the BCS was more than an innocent bystander as that occurred.
- It helped spread the wealth to the mid-majors. Say what you will, but the money the mid-majors have gotten out of the BCS in the last decade, pittance though it may be in the eyes of many, is still a helluva lot more than they used to get. (The irony that we may be watching the start of a process that may end in the separation of D-1’s have and have-nots such that many of the smaller schools would wind up back the same boat they used to float in pre-BCS should not be lost on anyone.)
For the moment, I still stand by my Churchillian pronouncement, even while I recognize it may be on its last legs. What say you?