What the BCS Could Learn From VCU

By Ralph Hipp

This amazing NCAA Tournament is bringing up some new arguments for the pundits about whether college football should also go to a playoff system.  The strongest suggestions are for the NCAA should adopt an 8-team playoff through the major bowls, with a championship game for the two unvanquished challengers.

March Madness awards the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship to the only team that can go 6-0 in the tournament.  (For the VCU Rams, that would be 7-0 if they can go all the way because they got in, with their play-in win over Southern Cal!! Remember way back when..) 

Under the BCS computer system, it would be a lock for Ohio State and Kansas to play each other for the hoops title under the computer points system, RPI and strength of schedule.  And to hell with the Cinderellas and the mid-major teams who have recruited some outstanding players. In this tournament, Cinderella does get to go the ball on its big night.  And hoops lovers say this is what makes March Madness one of sports most spectacular events every spring.

If football were to go the basketball way, Boise State or TCU would have the same chance as any of the other six teams to win the title.  It would be whichever team came to play on title day.  But the title would be denied to the team that just happened to have a bad day and see their strategies fall apart.  And KU fans would argue that's the unfair part of the basketball championships.  Ohio State and Kansas are NOT playing for the national title despite their overall records and marvelous seasons. 

So the football gurus may say, HAH! so much for your playoffs.  The two best overall teams never even made it to the final round!  How fair is that, they say!  While basketball proponents would say the championship should be able to any and ALL of the 68 teams who make the field through the increased rounds from the larger field.  Basketball has the edge, because of the amazing sports stories that are VCU and Butler.  Who play each other first on Saturday afternoon if you'd like to catch THAT game on WIBW!  And when the final buzzer sounds, how fitting it is, even with the KU loss, that a major conference team will play a mid-major power for the national title.  There's one shining moment for you.

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