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Scrap the BCS

Posted - Dec. 29, 2003 at 9:10 a.m.



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The college bowl season is in full swing. If you’re a football fan, we hope you’re enjoying it.

At the top Division 1A level, some 56 teams are competing in 28 different bowl games. Unfortunately, only a few of the teams have any chance of vying for a coveted national championship because of a blatantly unfair, if not illegal system called the Bowl Championship Series or BCS.

As the BCS now stands, it ought to be scrapped! It simply isn’t fair that six elite conferences control the fate of the national championship at the expense of all other major college football programs. It is especially rankling that the 64 schools in the BSC get most of the revenue produced during bowl season.

Last year, for example, those 64 schools split $104-million, leaving only $5-million for the other 53 non-BSC schools to divvy up.

Beyond money, though, is the virtual elimination of any opportunity for a Cinderella championship. Under the current system, schools like Utah and BYU will always be frustrated stepsisters.

Hopefully, this year’s BCS fiasco of excluding the top ranked team from its championship game, along with the possibility of disputed national champions will fuel a change. In KSL’s view, it is high time to restore competitive fairness to major college football.

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