Reynolds Rap

BS Championship Game

1/08/2009 9:48 AM

No the C in the acronym isn’t missing.

Tim Tebow and Dominique Franks have been jawing about the merits of SEC and Big 12 defenses and quarterback ratings. All that BS will finally end Jan. 8 when Florida and Oklahoma face off in the so-called BCS Championship game in Miami’s Dolphin Stadium tonight.

But you don’t even have to be a fan of the 12-1 USC Trojans, the 13-0 Utah Utes or the 12-1 Texas Longhorns, for that matter, to realize the moniker and the poll/computer system responsible for this mess/guess is BS.

Top-level college football, now officially known as NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (how’s that for a BS title), has no playoffs, no on-the-field mechanism to determine a true champion. So even if the Gators or the Sooners win by 60 points tonight in the last game of the 2008-09 campaign, there’s no true finality to the season. Just like every other college season, teams are claiming they deserve a shot, or nobody’s beating us.

Indeed, President-elect Barack Obama wants one. So does just about every regular Joe and any number of college coaches. And this year add Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff, who’s raising antitrust threats against the current bowl system, to those who favor a playoff format of some kind (that sort of figures in the Beehive state, where there’s Big Love in some quarters for multiple playing partners).

Everybody it seems but ACC commissioner and Bowl Championship Series coordinator John Swofford, the other BCS conferences and their brass.

ESPN, which to the tune of a reported $500 million is taking over from Fox as the home of the BCS games in January 2011 through the 2014 bowls, would surely stand to benefit from Nielsen and advertising perspectives from a playoff system leading to a true title tilt – just like in all of the other major and professional sports.

But ESPN, ABC Sports boss George Bodenheimer, during the Nov. 18 press conference, announcing the BCS rights acquisition, said a playoff system was “a decision for the university presidents and conferences.”

I say BS.

Which is also the term I’ll use after the Jan. 9 headlines declare Oklahoma or Florida the national champion.  

 

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