Essay about Bcs National Championship Game and Bcs Bowl

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In NCAA division 1 college football, the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) is the selection system that creates five bowl games regarding the ten top ranked teams. The BCS depends on a combination of polls and computer methods to determine each team’s ranking. The system calculates the top two teams that will play in the National Championship, and determines the other top teams that will play in other important BCS bowl games. In a three-week span, there are thirty-four games, from the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl in Arizona, to the Rose Bowl in California. Each game offers players their final chance to cap off their season with a win. Out of all the sports authorized by the NCAA, division 1 college football is the only sport whose champion is not established on the field through playoff, meet, or tournament. Major college football needs to institute a playoff system to replace the corrupt and controversial Bowl Championship Series. A major flaw concerning the BCS is that the BCS rules permit the winners of the Big 12, Big 10, Pac 10, Big East, SEC, and ACC conference games automatic admission to a bowl game. These BCS conferences, the power conferences, have an easier path to a BCS bowl, even if they do not have a good season. Smaller Universities that play in non-BCS conferences that have a great season, and become nationally ranked do not make it to a BCS bowl game. Nine undefeated teams were excluded from the BCS National Championship game, while teams with one or more losses were included, from 1998 to 2008. Eight of those nine teams that were left out were non-BCS schools (“Replace”). For example, “ in 2004, and then again in 2008, the undefeated University of Utah Utes, who played in an non-BCS conference, was denied the chance to play for the National Championship” (“Cries”). Many teams that may have been considered the best teams have not been given the opportunity they deserve to compete for the National Championship. A playoff system would definitely solve this issue by allowing smaller schools to have the chance to compete for the National Championship. A playoff system would increase excitement in college football because each game does not have the same amount of importance with the BCS system in place. In 2004, Auburn went undefeated in what many consider the nation’s hardest conference, having “big” wins against Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and LSU. When the BCS excluded Auburn from the title game, these “big” wins, and their entire season had no impact on the championship game (“The BCS”). Therefore, the hard work put in by the players and coaches has little significance. When the season first kicks off, it is certain that there are contenders whose national championship hopes will not last past the first week. The current BCS system places a high standard on perfection, and cuts the teams with even the smallest weaknesses out. The system rewards teams that are undefeated. Therefore, teams attempt to make their schedules against weaker teams in order to protect their rankings. In the middle of the season there comes a time when there is only a handful of teams left in the race to the championship game. Then, in the last few weeks of the season, there will most likely only be couple teams with a chance at winning the title. A playoff system would create more excitement in college football by having the possibility of a “Cinderella story” team, and not knowing the teams will most likely be competing in the National Championship, since the start of the season. Money is the main reason why