Mythbusters: What Chaos?
After tabulating all the rankings, calculating a computer average and tossing out any formulaic conclusions reached by M.I.T. grads who never even watch football, we have come up with a timely myth to puncture this week.
The rumblings of discontent have already begun. What if the BCS fails to deliver one nice and tidy championship package? We'll witness The BCS Apocalypse: 2008. Internet message boards and sports radio phone lines will explode. The streets will erupt in riots and protests. Middle-aged men who still wear their fraternity letters will sulk around their living rooms. The glaciers will melt (more). The dead will rise from their graves. Fans will never, ever forget.
But before everyone gets worked up over BCS doomsday scenarios, we have some helpful, rational advice.
You know why there won't be a BCS meltdown this year? Because we won't be that lucky.
We want the system to implode. We need more controversy to drive this thing into collapse and give us a real on-the-field playoff. But even though it seems like the BCS makes an annual habit of screwing up the postseason, the system has this annoying tendency of catching a break every now and then. When all hope seems lost, the system delivers a perfect matchup and the chorus of unrest temporarily subsides. Like a celebrity defendant, it always gets off the hook. And we're just about due for it to happen again.
It might sound crazy, but take a look at the turbulent nine-year history of the BCS and see what's transpired:
So as much as it seems like the BCS courts disaster every season, the system has an amazing knack for pulling off a perfect title game matchup every few seasons. You just can't kill this thing. It's like a monster that keeps mutating. You cut off an arm, it grows another leg. You cut off its legs, it sprouts two heads (both of which look like
Sports writers and media types love to create BCS doomsday scenarios and vent about the matchups we do get. But they then promptly find themselves so swept up in the title game glory and so hypnotized by that beautiful Waterford football that they forget about the controversy. And despite what looks like a potential three-team trainwreck at the top of the rankings, you can expect more of the same this year.
That's all for this week. Remember: Just because college football fans think it's true, doesn't mean it is.