Bowl Confusion Series

The executives of the Bowl Championship Series got just what they hoped for this year.

When the University of Alabama and the University of Texas square off in the Rose Bowl tonight for the BCS championship game, two undefeated teams from major athletic conferences will do battle. The winner can legitimately claim the title of national football champion.

There will be none of the typical questions about which of the nearly equal teams with similar records faced the toughest schedules, and why Team A or Team B should have been in the championship game instead of the teams chosen.

But that doesn’t mean the BCS is a rational way for choosing the national football champion. It isn’t.

Much more sensible would be some sort of championship tournament, involving at least eight teams, that would allow conference champions and/or top-ranked independents to battle their way to the top, as is done with virtually every other team sport. Until that occurs, there will continue to be disputes about which teams should be in the final game and questions about how they were chosen. It will remain the Bowl Confusion Series.


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