The Vampire that is the BCS

The new BCS logo. Not really, but you get the point.
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After watching yet another one-sided, life-sucking — but worst of all, boring — championship game, there is really only one conclusion a reasonable, intelligent college football fan can come to:

Somebody needs to drive a stake into this monster.

We need some heroic vampire hunter to rip the lid off the coffin, deliver a witty one-liner, and put an end to this stupidity once and for all. It needs to happen this year, not next. To think that year after year, decade after decade, worthy teams with less popularity have gotten no chance to play for a championship while popular teams get chance after chance. One only has to look at last year’s gift to Alabama — a team that didn’t even win its division — to see that this ravenous beast has gotten way out of control.

Heck, even Notre Dame, despite its undefeated record, should probably have not gotten into the championship.

But, you say, they were undefeated; surely that should get them into the championship game. Well, you only need to look to the years of 2004 (Auburn & Utah), 2006 (Boise State), 2008 (Utah again), and 2009 (Boise State again) to find teams that were undefeated and still were not given a chance to play for the BCS championship. I would posit that nearly any one of those teams would have played better and given a bigger challenge to this year’s Alabama team than the Golden Domers did.

Notre Dame, while they did have a commendable year, have always been media darlings, and this year was no different. Don’t you think NBC might have had some powerful interest in seeing the team they cover exclusively get into the championship game? That brings me to the blood the BCS vampire feeds on: Money.

There is no shortage to the delicious irony that the NCAA, which leaves no stone unturned in their search for wrongdoing involving players, coaches, agents and boosters, seems to virtually ignore the vast sums of money that are influencing the resistance to implement a playoff system. Oh, certainly the people in charge of public relations for the various bowl systems love to say that really, it is in the best interests of the players, it is about tradition, it’s too complicated, it’s just too hard. Right. That is why college football is the only sport in the NCAA system that doesn’t have a playoff.

Hell, the NCAA even has a chess tournament.

I know that this blood-sucker still technically has a year left, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t happen this year. If the public outcry was large enough, it could happen in 2013, in my opinion. That is the only way things get changed in this country; but let’s face it, we have bigger issues to write our representatives about, and sports, even though we feel so much passion for it, is a small-time problem.

All the same, we should all celebrate when this vampire is dead, even if we have to watch it drain our lives and waste our time for one more year.

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Don Gilman

Don Gilman

Don Gilman is a second-year communications major at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. In addition to writing for, he has been published in the Roseburg News-Review Newspaper, the UCC Mainstream Newspaper, Bucketlist Publications and is the featured author in the June, 2013 edition of eHorror magazine (under a pseudonym.) In 2013 Don received two awards from the Oregon Newspaper Association's annual statewide college competition: Third place for Best Feature Story and second place for Best Spot Photography.

  • Stephen Wallner

    1. No matter how much outcry/threat of a boycott there was, the system wouldn’t go away until it is scheduled to, as there is a contract in place until then.
    2. I agree this system blows, until next year when we win it. Then I will be content with it.

    • I do realize there is no way it could happen, but it still sucks and we will all be a lot better off when it is dead and gone.

      • Stephen Wallner

        I think that is one thing we can all agree on!

  • Not just all NCAA football; Division 1 NCAA football. D3 football schools have to qualify and than make it through a tournament before that get to go to the Stagg Bowl.

  • Even the +1 isn’t good enough. Until we get a legit playoff this will continue. Think about this, if we did the +1 with 4 teams this year it would have been Florida and Oregon in the mix. Florida and ND both greatly overrated. FL was tied with Bowling Green in the 3rd qtr, barely squeaked by Mizzou and needed a blocked punt for a TD in the last 2 minutes to defeat LA Laf. Yeah, #3.

    Stanford? Left out. TX A&M? Left out. (honestly, I don’t think anyone would want a piece of A&M at the end of the year, they were playing great.)

    16 team playoff. That is what is needed. Get all those top 1 loss teams and still have room for the teams like BSU, Utah and even the occasional Ball State or N Illinois. I would never says those last two in a playoff, unless it was a 16 team, they wen’t undefeated, give them their shot..