About a month ago, I promised another user that I would post a blog sharing my opinions about the Bowl Championship Series. I didn't think that this would be the forum for it then, but, after watching the Utah Utes soundly defeat the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Allstate Sugar Bowl, this seems like the perfect avenue for it. I am neither a supporter nor an opponent of the BCS. I know one thing, though - the system is unfair to schools from non-BCS conferences. Case in point - the University of Utah. Anybody that doesn't think Utah should be playing the BCS National Championship Game after watching them dismantle Alabama is certifiably insane.
I said before the BCS bowl matchups were announced that Utah should be playing Florida for the national title. I'm a Mountain West guy, so it was easy for me to say, but I meant it then every bit as much as I mean it now when I say that Utah deserves a share of the title. The system is rigged against certain conferences, and that needs to change. Utah - sorry USC fans - has been the most consistent program in college football over the past five years. In fact, they are the first school in the BCS era to complete two undefeated seasons. They have won 8 consecutive bowl games that they have played in, and have dismantled the opposition in both of the BCS games that they have appeared in. This season, they defeated six ranked opponents on the way to winning the Mountain West Conference championship, and a seventh tonight when they knocked off Alabama 31-17. With all of the talk about Texas or Oklahoma deserving a spot in the title game, Utah was overlooked, though they should have been in the game long before either Texas or Oklahoma. If there is a shared national title, which there should be, it should be Utah, and not USC, that receives a share. They simply can't be overlooked any longer.
Normally, I think that the BCS does a pretty good job. I have never been a huge advocate for a playoff system, although I wouldn't be opposed to it. The bowl system is one of the great traditions of college football, and I see no reason to take it away. However, there does need to be a complete overhaul of the BCS if it is to stay around. Otherwise, a playoff is the only solution.
Automatic BCS bids need to be done away with. I am afraid that if this happens, then the BCS would be dominated by SEC and Big 12 schools, but there's no other solution. How is it that the champions of the Big East and ACC deserve to be in the BCS before BYU, TCU, Boise State, and Texas Tech? The reason that I think that they should do away with automatic bids altogether rather than giving them to different conferences, though, is that it would leave out deserving teams from some conferences that are left out, just like it does now. I don't understand why it is so difficult to pick the 10 most deserving teams in the nation and put them into the BCS. A 10-2 Cincinnati team and a 9-3 VA Tech team simply should not be in before 12-0 Utah or 12-0 Boise State, particularly with the schedule that Utah played.
As a student at Colorado State University, a Mountain West school, I will always be an advocate for the "mid-major" conferences. The only reason that these conferences are known as such is that the media chooses to portray them in that light. If they had a legitimate shot at a national championship every year, then these schools would be able to land the 4-star and 5-star recruits that always go to the SEC, the Big 12, or USC. That is the only way that parity across the NCAA Football Bowl Series will truly be created. The number of available scholarships does not matter. Otherwise, a playoff system is absolutely necessary. For now, though, I can take solace in the fact that a school from my conference proved once again that we belong among the elite. Congratulations to the Utah Utes - 2009 NCAA FBS National Champions, at least in my mind.