And people still complain about the BCS. I admit, I’ve been a critic of the BCS since it was created (hasn’t nearly everybody) but this year don’t we have to give it credit for getting it right? Although, how can someone - or something - take credit when it’s patently obvious which two teams are the best in the nation at the end of the season?
That being what it is, can you imagine what life would be like now if the four team playoff were in place? OK, Florida State, Auburn and Alabama would be locks. Who would be the fourth contestant in the National Championship sweepstakes? Michigan State? Baylor?
The polls would say Sparty but isn’t the criticism of Ohio State’s soft schedule true of MSU’s? Baylor had better wins than Michigan State, who is getting a ton of credit for beating an undefeated Buckeye team who, had they won, wouldn’t exactly have been the fans’ choice. Not after watching the Auburn Tigers, America’s current favorite football squad (for everybody who doesn’t roll tide), and maybe, luckiest, team. Although a two-loss squad wouldn’t garner much sympathy, consider Stanford had more top 20 wins (4) than anybody and had six top 30 wins, one of them coming against Notre Dame - the team that beat the Spartans!
Sunday night, BCS executive director Bill Hancock said, “I’ve been saying all fall, hang on everybody, chill out, it’s going to work out. I wasn’t concerned going into this weekend. I just felt like we’d have the two best teams going into Sunday evening.” Talk about a guy who has a real pair of cojones. Like he knew Auburn was going to beat Missouri, MSU was going to take down OSU, Oklahoma was going to smack Oklahoma State and Florida State was going to pummel Duke? Well, maybe not the last one as everybody (including the Blue Devils, if polygraph tests were administered) knew that.
Yet, any football enthusiast would have to concede that the BCS was right on in four of the last five seasons (Alabama-Texas in 2009, Auburn-Oregon in ‘10, Notre Dame-Alabama in ‘12 and Florida State-Auburn in ‘13). Hancock is only too ready to acknowledge, “We’ve gotten it right way more times than we’ve created controversy.”
All that said, I doubt any fan will ever be heard discussing the good ol’ days when we decided the national champion by using the BCS formula. However, college football might just find itself facing the statement:
“Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.”