Even when it works, someone has a problem. Usually legitimate. At least in college basketball, the problems happen during the selection process, a full month before the national championship game. With the BCS, problems begin the first day the rankings are released and continue until about the middle of the 3rd quarter of the MNC game.
No one points out one of the biggest deficiencies of the BCS better than this piece by Wendell Barnhouse — who’s name frankly sounds made-up — in the Dallas/Ft. Worth Star-Telegram:
Two of the most popular exhibits in the BCS’ Hall of Shame are the 2001 and 2003 seasons. In both cases (Nebraska in ’01 and Oklahoma in ’03), a team reached the BCS title game without winning its conference championship.
Should West Virginia win out, it will be 11-1 and atop the Big East standings. If South Florida wins its remaining games, the Bulls and the Mountaineers would be the only Big East teams with one loss.
South Florida, based on its head-to-head victory over West Virginia, would be Big East champions. The Bulls, 12th in the coaches’ and Harris polls and 10th in the BCS standings, are long shots to reach the BCS title game.
While it would require more upsets — and based on what’s transpired, that’s not exactly a reach — it’s not out of the question that West Virginia could wind up ranked No. 2 in the final BCS standings.
Yep, that’s right. West Virginia could play in the BCS title game and not be the top team in its conference. At least the Mountaineers could claim to be “co-champions,” which is something Nebraska and Oklahoma couldn’t do.
Obviously, this is the scenario we as Mountaineer fans want to have play out this season. But, in the interest of college football, there needs to be a rule change.
Simply amending the BCS qualification rules to require winning your own conference’s championship (along with any tiebreakers) would help shore up a faulty BCS process. Reason suggests that if you’re not the best team in your conference of 8-12 teams, then how can you compete for the title of best team in America?
Hopefully — soon — you won’t be able to.