June 23, 2012

No BS: The Old BCS Appears to Be Dead

By - Jaquan Murphy

After years of computer generated polls and arguments over which teams truly deserve to play for the National Championship, a new day in college football seems to be near.

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Since 1998, the current BCS system has determined which teams would play in the championship game. But on June 26th, the BCS presidential committee will vote on a radical change that will shake the entire landscape of college football forever. University presidents will formally suggest a four-team playoff to determine the National Champion to replace the current BCS format.

The proposed system will maintain two bowl games that will serve as the two semi-final games. It will be a rotation between the Orange, Sugar, Fiesta, and Rose Bowl. These games will take place in predetermined locations. Each year there will be a bid and the winning city will host the National Championship Game.

In order to get to the playoff, there will be a selection committee to determine the four teams. The committee will factor in variables such as records, conference champions and strength of schedule. The select group that will face this decision will be expected to consider factors that the computer generated polls could not.

Several commissioners appear optimistic about the playoff system.

"We're very unified," Big Ten Commissioner Bill Delaney said.

Although the commissioners are on the same page with the new movement, they all realize that there is still a lot that needs to be resolved.

"Until you have an eight-team or sixteen-team seeded playoff, there will be folks out there that aren't completely satisfied, and we get that," Pac 12 Commissioner Larry Scott said. "But we're trying to balance other important parties, like the value of the regular season, the bowls, and the academic calendar."

The final call will be made by a Presidential Committee that consists of a representative from each of the FBS conferences and independent Notre Dame. The group can approve or shoot down the idea, or they can order the commissioners to work out any details that need to be resolved then present the proposal again.

It is speculated that the four-team playoff format could produce up to $500 million annually.


  1. Like Scott said, people aren't going to be totally satisfied, but its a start!

  2. It is definitely a step in the right direction, but it still probably won't help the smaller conference schools like Boise State or TCU. A one loss SEC team would still get in over them regardless.

  3. I agree with Chris. People will complain until it is a 8 or 16 team playoff, but just the 4 is still better then how it was.