|The Bowl Championship series of American football has been bathed in controversy recently as the system shut out three undefeated teams from the Fedex Orange Bowl Title. Wagerweb.com has offered odds on whether the controversy will force major change before next years NCAA season.|
Last year it was USC, which was ranked number one in both polls, but was shut out of the national title game due to their BCS ranking of 3rd. This season it was Auburn who went though their season and a grueling SEC schedule undefeated, but was left out of the Orange Bowl and the national title game due to their BCS ranking of 3rd, which was only hundredths of percentage points less than Oklahoma's. Similar things happened to two other teams.
There has been a lot of talk of sweeping changes needed to rectify the BCS system, which was supposed to create a true number one versus number two national title game with no debate. That obviously hasn't happened, and something must be done to make it fair for all teams involved and not make the pre-season polls, which in this case weighted heavily on why Auburn was left out, have too much bearing.
'You just have to feel for a team like Auburn that did everything they had to in going undefeated, but gets left out of the chance to play for a national title due to this flawed BCS system,' said Wagerweb.com CEO Dave Johnson. 'Unfortunately for teams like Auburn, the university presidents who truly control the BCS's fate, seem nowhere close to creating a plus-1 or playoff format anytime soon.'
There is sure to be some type of changes made to the BCS as there has been in each of the past two seasons, but what fans and teams alike truly want, is a playoff system. Considering a playoff is way down the road, the other scenario is a plus-1 championship game. What that entails is the top four teams in the final BCS standings playing two semi-final games with a 1-4 2-3 seed format based on BCS rankings. Then the winners of those games would play each other for the national championship in either a rotating bowl or at a neutral game site.