I don’t mean to steal the spotlight from the effort the Lady Irish put forth last night, but the latest edition of BCS stupidity just can’t go untouched today.
In this moment of derp, the BCS announced some of the playoff options that they were looking at, one of which includes a fun little twist with the Rose Bowl:
In the [Rose Bowl] plan, the four highest-ranked teams at the end of the regular season would meet in semifinals unless the Big Ten or Pac-12 champion, or both, were among the top four. Those leagues’ teams still would meet in the Rose, and the next highest-ranked team or teams would slide into the semis. The national championship finalists would be selected after those three games.
If that just doesn’t seem to make any sense at all that is because it doesn’t. How a proposal that calls for three semi-finals between four teams wasn’t simply laughed out of the BCS meetings is beyond mind-boggling. Then again, division may just be beyond the reach of conference presidents that fail to properly count the correct number of teams they have.
Now, I get that the Rose Bowl is important to the Big Ten and Pac-12. I really do. I’m an alum of Notre Dame, I understand wanting to preserve tradition and the high value placed upon it; however, since the birth of the BCS title in 1998, the Pac-12 has had their only title vacated and the Big Ten has won just a single title. Don’t forget, that title is better remembered for one of the most controversial calls in college football history:
And yet somehow, the rest of the BCS is actually entertaining the thought of bending over backwards for both of them.
I’d be saying the same thing if ND somehow squeezed their way into some kind of strange third semifinal provision as well. This isn’t a hard concept. Take the top four teams in the nation, have two semi-final games, and a title game. Done. Simple.
Then again, nothing is simple with the BCS, especially when your thought process looks something like this:
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Born and raised in the great state of Texas, Tex is a first-generation Domer and a former student manager. After graduation, he left the cold winters of South Bend behind and returned back to his home state with a computer engineering degree in tow. Missing the daily grind of working football practices and talking football with fellow Irish fans every day, he took to blogging, a path which eventually led him to Her Loyal Sons. Continuously diving into stats and game film, Tex strives to break down every aspect of Fighting Irish football--even though it's determined to kill him.