Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Coming Soon ... Ten Years of BCS

Yes, it's hard to believe that it's been 10 years since the Bowl Championship Series was foisted upon the unsuspecting college football fan base. And what fun have we had!

Just about every other year, there was a dispute and controversy. In 2001, it was Nebraska over Oregon and Colorado. In 2003, it was USC getting left out and a split championship. In 2004, it was Auburn's turn. In 2006 and 2007, nobody was quite sure who the real champion was -- except we knew it wasn't Ohio State.

In the years that the BCS got it "right," ... well, hell, did we really need a "system" to grant us such pleasure? Was there any doubt that USC should've played Texas in 2005 and Ohio State vs. Miami in 2002?

Every few years, the standings were tweaked to fix the previous season's mistakes. Then inevitably, a new problem cropped up. The current setup has remained stable for four seasons -- presumably because so far it's been the least offensive of all the cockamamie schemes.

Since we're stuck with this until at least 2013, and most likely, well after a man lands on Mars, peace reigns in the Middle East and the Los Angeles Clippers win the NBA title, we need to settle in for the long haul. And since we can't do anything about it right now, we should look back at the history of the BCS era, to see what we might learn from it.

Beginning in June, and all the way until the 2008 season kicks off on Aug. 28, the Guru will present an annual review of the BCS Decade that began in 1998. We'll look at what happened, what could've happened and what should've happened. We won't solve anything, but we'll leave you entertained and enthralled and for some of you, rue for what might have been.

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