End of BCS brings joy to many

December 11, 2013 

There have been no parades scheduled as we near the end of the BCS system, which has less than a month left.

In millions of heads, there are parades, however, with the impending death of the BCS for the answer-to-it-all playoff system that has it all covered.

Of course it doesn’t answer all, but you’d think we were going from a Chevette to a Lexus based on reaction, which is hysterical from both ends of the hysterical spectrum.

A visit this fall from Gary Stokan, head of the Chick-fil-A Bowl and general college football mover and shaker, moved me closer to tolerating the new system. What’s better is that bowls allegedly will offer better matchups, at least in theory. We’re still going to have lemons that aren’t making lemonade, but hopefully there will be fewer of those.

And the College Football Playoff with regional consideration is good, because one of my long-standing gripes was ignoring the possibility of fans making cross-country travel plans in December for a big playoff bracket. That’s an issue that might still crop up.

And that 13-person panel making the calls? As Bum Phillips offered to a ref on one of the NFL Films great episodes, “You can’t do that. If you do it, I’m tellin’ ya, you’re gonna have more hell over it than a little bit.”

We’re gonna have a little bit. Let’s take our current BCS standings, the ones that yet again make more sense than the people arguing about them.

What about Florida State’s less-than-daunting schedule? What about a two-loss Stanford team being ahead of one-loss Baylor and Ohio State (and Central Florida, Louisville and Fresno State, among others, since so many people hammer away with records, unless that evidence doesn’t fit their argument)?

There are those who think Alabama -- despite Nick Saban’s fascinating decision-making against Auburn -- is still the best team, the team they don’t want their team to play with something on the line.

And others might put Stanford ahead of the school where everyone should buy lottery tickets until further notice, Auburn, since the Tigers had two stupendous plays vault them into the SEC title game. Yes, Auburn has doubters because of that.

Plus, the Sagarin Ratings give Stanford the second-toughest schedule nationally, by far tougher than the four in front of it (63, 20, 45 and 56). And hey, Baylor’s lone loss was to then-No. 10 on the road, and it hammered a different then-No. 10 at home.

We can all agree that the team with Will Muschamp’s predecessor, Ohio State, is now closer to where it should be. And that’s about all anybody agrees on now. ESPN, in its infinite ESPNness, came up with another statistical conglomeration called the Championship Drive Ratings, which “evaluate teams on the difficulty of achieving their W-L or better and how well they control games using in-game win probability; both adjusted for quality of opponent.”

Alrighty then.

It has Stanford, Florida State and Auburn, with Michigan State and Alabama tied, just ahead of Ohio State and Arizona State.

ESPN’’s Football Power Index has Oregon No. 2, Auburn No. 8 and Michigan State No. 29 ... behind BYU, Utah and Duke, among others.

USA Today came up with a 64-team playoff and did so not on April Fool’s Day. But w isn’t part of the grousing that we have too many bowl games as it is? Granted, this is a time when the bellyaching is correct. We’ve had too many bowl games for a while, and we will, as long as enough people or groups make enough money and coaches want the month of extra practice.

Comparing everything about FBS football to all other levels of football as well as other sports remains comparing apples to bricks, oranges to batteries. Failure to win conference championships has mattered nowhere else, yet it does with the FBS? Of course, that’s another argument that’ll disappear in a year, right? Not even close.

Regardless, we had a glorious season that often left us breathless upon going to bed Saturday and revisiting those events while in church Sunday, which is doubtful to change no matter the postseason setup.

And thus, I can’t wait for the 2014 season to start and see how well Texas can make the playoffs in Saban’s first year.

Contact Michael A. Lough at 744-4626 or mlough@macon.com

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