Don’t expect any major changes for the current BCS system for at least the next six years. ESPN reports that John Swofford, who serves as the BCS Chairman and ACC commissioner, announced today that they will keep the current BCS system of 4 BCS bowl games and one national championship bowl game through the 2014 season.
The announcement wasn’t surprising, as only he and SEC commissioner showed any support for the alternate proposal of a plus-one series, in which the top 4 BCS ranked teams would be matched in two semifinal games and the winners would play in a national title game.
As much as we kick and scream for a BCS playoff system, it will probably won’t happen for a while, and a plus one system is looking like the most probable alternative for at least the next twenty years. That means we can look forward to more BCS Bowl Game whuppings (see George/Hawaii, USC/Illinois, WVU/Oklahoma) while wondering what some of those winning teams might have been able to do against LSU last season, in place of the underachieving Ohio St. Team. Yeah I said it.
I for one, am always going to resent the BCS system for its infamous snub of Cal back in 2004. How a team goes 11-1, with its only loss to the top ranked team AT their stadium, losing only on the last play of the game, and gets shut out of a BCS Bowl game entirely will always be beyond me. I know they’ve tweaked the system now, essentially opening 2 more teams to get in with the addition of the national championship game, but it’s going to be harder and harder to take college football’s post season seriously without any semblance of a playoff. Until then, we can continue to look forward to the GMAC Bowl.