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Be honest. Unless you’re an LSU fan — and hats off to them for grinding Ohio State into the Superdome turf — there’s no way you think this college football season should be over. I don’t know which team you want to have a shot at LSU. It could be USC or Georgia or Missouri. But I know you want another game.
In a way, what happened on Monday night in New Orleans is the best thing that could happen to the absurd system that arbitrarily anoints a national champion in the NCAA’s flagship sport. After this stinker of a game, there can be no more specious arguments about how the system isn’t broken.
The truth is so self-evident that even the BCS is starting to get the idea. Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford, the new coordinator of the Bowl Championship Series, said on Monday, even before Ohio State was a no-show again in the season’s final game, that he’s going to investigate a so-called “plus-one” system, which is a fancy name for a four-team tournament.
It’s a half measure. If such a system were in place this year, we’d have had a four-team playoff with Ohio State, Virginia Tech, Oklahoma and LSU. The team everybody would like to see in a playoff, USC, would have been out in the cold, along with Georgia and Missouri.
But that modest proposal is already under fire even before it’s been investigated. The Big Ten and Pac-10 are against it. The reason, the commissioners of those hallowed conferences said, is because it might make the Rose Bowl less lucrative to them.
At least they’re honest — it’s about the money.
The problem is college football is run by a committee, and nothing good ever came out of a system run that way. What the game needs is a commissioner — a football czar. Hire a strong executive who knows the game, give him the power to run the game, and stand back.
The administrators talk about fair play, but they don’t even care enough to have a level playing field. The game can’t even agree on the idea of conference championships. Missouri blew their chance at the BCS title game because their conference has a championship game, and they lost it. Ohio State got into the championship game because the Big Ten doesn’t have a championship game. The Pac-10 doesn’t have one, either.
If I’m the commissioner of big-time college football, I tell conferences to either play a championship game or don’t bother applying for the playoffs. And I’d cut the regular season back a game so that I could have a legitimate playoff with a minimum of 10 teams. The rest get to play bowl games in December, the same as they do now.
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