Conspiracy Theorists and the BCS

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, November 3, 2004


Bowl Championship rankings are getting released and updated on a weekly basis.

It's amazing though, every year since the BCS has been proven inaccurate, a feat not hard to do, the conspiracy theorists begin to come out.

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Now, let me state for the record, I despise the BCS.

Ever since it deprived us of a National Championship game featuring Joey Harrington and the Oregon Ducks against Ken Dorsey and the Miami Hurricanes, I have no respect for the computer. Last year's debacle by allowing split national champions just added to it.

But this year, you have to sit and laugh at it.

In this week's BCS standings Utah, Boise State and Louisville have all cracked the top 15.

Imagine what will happen if USC, OU and No. 4 Wisconsin get knocked off this weekend.

As improbable as it seems, that might cause the computer to start smoking and spit out a set of rankings with the Mulga School for the Wayward Girls taking on Utah State for the national championship. Talk about your BCS-Buster.

The NCAA should ditch the computer and let things be solved the old fashioned way: playoffs.

They should do like they do in every other sport.

Seed the teams and let the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders.

You could take the top 16 teams in the nation, that's roughly one team from each conference in 1-A plus a few at large bids.

You could play all the games at neutral sites within their region and see who is left standing.

Just think about the games that you could have.

It could be Auburn versus SC in a rematch from last year.

It could be Utah versus Cal or even better yet, Utah could play Auburn.

As exciting as these match-ups seem they are highly unlikely to never happen.

College football has become more about money and TV rights than about the sport itself.

It's that simple.

Griffin Pritchard is the sports editor of the Greenville Advocate. He cane be reached by phone at 382-3111 or via email at