Not everone hates the BCS
December 11, 2003
By Paul Andrew, Tribune staff writer
I know, USC got the shaft by the BCS and computers shouldn’t decide championships.
However, the self-proclaimed geniuses who designed this inane system must be smiling in their dark, hidden computer labs. The system may not be fair, but it has helped TV ratings, made athletic programs a lot of money and college football is now more popular than ever.
Fans like controversy. They want to be involved with sports, not just watch them. People like being experts and having their opinions heard. Jumping on the “Kill the BCS” bandwagon is now as popular as being anti-Saddam, or berating JLo movies.
I’ve noticed during my rounds of pushing ads in real estate offices, that college football is the topic of conversation everywhere this week. “USC got robbed! We need a playoff!”
If the national championship had been a “cut and dry” Miami-Nebraska game, interest in college football would be a fraction of what it is this year.
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The BCS has also managed to get teams throughout the country involved in the championship scenario, not just the usual powerhouses. LSU fans were pulling for Boise State over Hawaii since the Rainbow Warriors were on USC’s schedule. I’m sure the ratings in Baton Rouge at 3 a.m. watching this game on ESPN2 were much higher than your average early morning infomercial. If not for the BCS, LSU and Oklahoma, fans wouldn’t care anymore about Hawaii than they would Honduras.
Trojan fans were forced to root for Notre Dame against Syracuse, a real oddity since the USC and the Irish have been rivals for almost a century.
“How much does the LSU’s victory over Louisiana Monroe factor in?” someone, somewhere is asking.
Kevin, a realtor who is a Cal alum, can razz his co-worker Larry, an SC grad, since the Golden Bears gave the Trojans their only blemish of the season with their triple overtime victory in Berkeley. Every 1-A team and conference seems to be somehow involved in this complex system.
I’m sure the ratings for both the Rose Bowl and Sugar Bowl will be higher than normal, giving the networks and advertisers a windfall of profits.
If the Trojans do win, resulting in a split national championship, then fans will be discussing and debating college football until the season kicks off again next August. As they are counting their millions, the networks and universities wouldn’t want it any other way.
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