On Tuesday the 26th day of June in the year two thousand and twelve the Bowl Championship Series was sent to a hospice to wither away. The BCS board which consists of prominent school presidents approved the drastic change of the college football post season. The new era will begin in 2014. The game will shift from the current system to a four team playoff to decide the national championship. The four teams will be picked by a selection committee and the semi-final games will be held at current bowl sites. The national championship game will be held at another site awarded to the highest bidder.
As a result of the change, there will no longer be “automatic qualifiers” for the new system. It’s open, well sort of. The selection committee is going to look at win-loss record, strength of schedule, head-to-head match ups and whether a team won their conference. On the surface this looks great and all of the rhetoric coming out of the meetings in Washington, D.C. sounds like the powers that be in college football discovered the equation for cold fusion. The devil will be in the details.
For those who love change, this is a great day. For those who want to crown a true champion in college football, it looks like your prayers have been answered. Sure there are going to be downsides to this new system, but it’s hard to imagine interest declining any time soon. If anything we will have even more spirited debates. There may be nothing left to kvetch about in 2014. What are we going to do?