Monday, January 05, 2009

Mike Lupica: the college football Bowl Championship Series will never be changed

I actually hope he's wrong. Although I haven't been following the controversy closely, the more I learn about the BCS the more ridiculous and outrageous it seems. Of course, I just came back from the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans, where my beloved Utah Utes finished their season undefeated (13-0) and soundly defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide. Lupica thinks the Utes deserve to be in the mix for the national championship, but doesn't see that happening anytime soon:

Will this system ever be changed? Are you kidding? With this much money on the table for the big schools? It won't. The presidents and the television networks, especially ESPN, which just bought the BCS wholesale, love this idea of the season riding on some big game all during the regular season, love the idea of selling you this idea that the tournament in college football is every weekend.

They do everything in this dishonest system except produce the kind of honest champion that all the other sports produce. And then I hear this claptrap about how all the debate is great for the sport. Tell that to Utah. The Utes ought to declare themselves the champs now, and if somebody wants to say they're not, let them do what you're supposed to do in sports:

Play them.
--Mike Lupica, "Utah adds to BCS mess."

I disagree. I think the BCS system will crumble over time as its nature as a self-serving cartel is exposed. We shall see who is right - Lupica or thousands of others like me.


Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

I also hope that the BCS will crumble of its own hypocritical weight. The victory by the Utah Utes over Alabama in the Sugar Bowl is a resounding rebuke to the system, especially is it is "played" by the self-serving interests of the automatic qualifying conferences and ESPN. Utah's win was particularly sweet in the face all the talk, during and after the Rose Bowl, about whether USC ought to have a chance to play the winner of the BCS "Championship" Game, particularly when Utah's undefeated season includes a win over Oregon State--the team that beat Southern Cal.

Monday, January 05, 2009 8:42:00 AM  
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Monday, January 05, 2009 6:44:00 PM  
Anonymous BlueBuffoon said...

Lowell, just in case you haven't seen it, here's an excellent article, from today's Washington Post no less, urging the AP voters to vote Utah No. 1 and decrying the BCS system:

John Feinstein: Vote for Utah, for College Football's Sake

My favorite bit:

"Sadly, the preening, hypocrital presidents who run the so-called Bowl Championship Series have turned college football into figure skating. Maybe next year at season's end, coaches who believe their teams have a case to be national champion can sit together in a 'kiss and cry,' area, hold hands and wait for the judges' scores to be posted. Wouldn't you just love to see Mack Brown and Bob Stoops holding hands while they wait?"


Tuesday, January 06, 2009 9:52:00 AM  
Blogger ajd said...


I was honestly surprised that Utah won. I was rooting for the Utes but betting on Utah. Happily, Utah proved me wrong. Congratulations to you and to Utah. I put a little blurb on our blog about the Utah win.

Tuesday, January 06, 2009 5:18:00 PM  

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