The Bowl Championship Series (BCS) was formed in 1998 to pit the top two ranked college football teams against each other in a national championship, while eight other top teams play in four bowl games. Many football fans argue that a playoff system should replace the BCS. They contend that it is the only fair way to determine a national champion and that the BCS method is subjective, profit-motivated, and sometimes leaves the best teams out of the championship game.
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Opponents argue that the BCS system is in the best interest of the athletes, fans, and sponsors because the bowl games generate huge profits for schools and their local economies, keep the season shorter for student athletes, and almost always have the two best teams playing each other for the national title. The annual controversy about whether the BCS should be replaced by a playoff system centers on the BCS rankings. The BCS standings are calculated by averaging three elements: the Harris Intercollegiate Football Poll, the USA TODAY Coaches’ Poll, and the average of six computer rankings.
Proponents of the BCS say their rankings are as accurate as possible because the BCS incorporates human polls and computer ratings to calculate the standings, but critics counter that the BCS rankings often place teams in the wrong order and discriminate against smaller schools. There have been plans suggested to the NCAA on how to rank these college football teams and how each team could win a particular seed or spot. The most popular is to implement a four team playoff that has the top four ranked teams play each other in bowl games and then the two winning teams would play each other in the championship game.
The southeastern conference commissioner Mike Silve has heavily supported the four team playoff system. The SEC is one of the most powerful conferences in college football and what Mike Silve agrees to will heavily influence the switch to a playoff system. If the plan is passed the earliest we would see it would be in 2014. If the BCS is replaced I believe that college football will be more popular, generate more interest from the fanbase, and give the smaller schools a chance to compete for a championship title. Works Cited Alder, James. “BCS vs. Playoff System. ” Football. about. com. Web. 11 June 2012.