October 22, 2013

The Porter Report

Bowl Championship Shutdown

October 22, 2013 Chuck Porter Sports Editor

PRYOR, OK — Say what you will about the Bowl Championship Series. Say it's a broken system, say it doesn't get things right half of the time, complain  the whole year about it. I've done plenty of those things myself.

Those are also things that are often said about the federal government, which was in its last day of a shutdown as I wrote this column.

Major college football has at least rewritten its postseason constitution, and after the 2014 bowl season the BCS will be in the rearview mirror of the college football cash steamroller. (I didn't really research that metaphor. Do steamrollers have rearview mirrors? I would hope so.)

Replacing the BCS will be the College Football Playoff, selected by a committee of experts and athletic directors similar to the committee that picks the NCAA basketball tournament fields. The biggest name on that panel is former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

Rice's credentials for most other positions are staggering, but as far as her application to be one of college football's 13 chief justices, "self-proclaimed football fan" is the only item on her curriculum vitae that really pertains.

She's not the only politician that's gotten involved in ending the BCS era. Senators and representatives from Texas and Utah, among other states, have used their popularly-elected pulpits to decry the BCS and all of its buffoonery. Congress complaining about a broken system? Pot, meet kettle.

The legislators might be right in their disapproval of the BCS, but why waste Congress' time on college football? Disagreements over the BCS have never caused the government to shut down.

Hey! Now there's a thought. For all of its failings and shortcomings, the BCS formula never broke down. The bowls were never canceled because Ohio State and California couldn't agree on whether or not to insure their walk-on players in the Rose Bowl.

So let's replace Congress with the BCS.

No more committees, no more bureaucracy. There will still be a little politicking for votes here and there and the incumbents will win most of the tiebreakers, but two-thirds of the job will be done by computers — not much different than a lot of jobs in Washington.

People will still complain over who's in charge, but more often than not, the BCS has spit out the best two teams at the end of season to play for the national title.

That's more than I can say for the Senate approval rating.

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