The Bowl Championship Series is dead, brought to its knees by constant criticism from fans and the media, grievously injured by commissioners tired of defending the flawed system and finally swiftly finished off Tuesday by college presidents.
Like any good villain, though, the BCS will live on for two more years, to be exact before heading to the dustbin of history.
No one will shed any tears for the BCS demise, but its worth remembering that the system greatly benefitted Boise State. In the pre-BCS days, the Broncos would never have had a chance to play Oklahoma in the unforgettable 2007 Fiesta Bowl, the incredible victory that propelled Boise State into the national spotlight.
The four-team playoff approved Tuesday by college presidents, including Idahos Duane Nellis, could be just as beneficial to the Broncos, provided they continue to register top-10 finishes.
Though details about access and revenue still must be hammered out, the early signs are promising for Boise State even though the Big East, which the Broncos are scheduled to join in 2013, is losing its status as a premier conference.
First, its easier to be ranked in the top four than it is to make it into the top two. Thus, the Broncos who came tantalizingly close to maneuvering their way into the title game the last two seasons have a better chance of doing the once unthinkable: playing for a national championship.
Second, there will be six major bowl games under the new system. In addition to the semifinals, there will be four other games in the top tier. A selection committee will rank teams.
If the new system had been in place previously and assuming the spots were filled according to BCS rankings non-BCS schools would have earned five additional spots in the past 12 years, according to data provided to the presidents in D.C. Boise State would have made it last year, Nellis said.
It provides more access points, said Nellis, who represented the WAC on the 12-member committee.
A provision to include the top-ranked conference champ from the leagues like the Big East, Mountain West and Conference USA a relic from the BCS era is being considered.
Among the many complaints about the BCS, particularly from Boise State President Bob Kustra, was the extremely unequal distribution of revenue. With the new system expected to generate close to $500 million per year, up from $175 million, revenue distribution again will be a hot topic.
Nellis said there was a lot of debate between the presidents about revenue distribution. Among the factors to be considered are on-field success, teams expenses, marketplace factors and academic performance of student-athletes.
If recent performances are used, the Broncos should be a valuable commodity in terms of on-field success and academic performance. Boise State was tied for second among all FBS teams in the recently released Academic Progress Rates.
It will take years to sort out all the details and likely a few more to ascertain their full impact on Boise State.
We all came to agreement that this is best for college football. Its helping us move forward. It creates a playoff system. It moves us beyond the BCS in some ways, Nellis said. It creates some excitement and some opportunities for all of us.
The playoff wont be free from controversy. There still will be debates and snubs and complaints the things that fuel college footballs passionate fan bases.
But its a step. A good one. And a long overdue one.
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