Outside of a few rabid home-team fans, this season’s upcoming BCS Bowl games should draw a gag reflex-like reaction from the larger college football world. Those millions who expected to see great bowl games between teams that earned their rankings will settle, once again, for games stacked by teams that are the so-called, self-anointed, 'right to play' instead. Under the BCS rules these BCS "Money" Bowls have the option and the right to choose their opponents from a pool of candidates. This method allows for traditional and regional interests to uphold the integrity of college football and to legitimately declare a National Champion. Yet, when all is said, do they? Or are these BCS bowl organizations, in concert with television interests, nothing more than a modern-day sports version of a cabal, manipulating the sport they have been granted the privilege to participate in?
Did the BCS get anything right?
One would expect a team from one of the four premier conferences to rank higher than those from the lesser conferences … that is, if their season’s "body-of-work" supported it. The problem with the "body-of-work" ideal is that it is subject to dubious interpretation allowing organizers to funnel "Big Market" teams to bowl games in which huge television contract money has been invested. This apparent practice, though ensuring maximum financial win-falls, comes at the expense of competitive fairness.
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