There was an interesting article that was published recently by Jason Kersey who is an Oklahoma Sports Reporter on whether the Sugar Bowl’s selection of the # 11 Sooners over the #10 Ducks was a business decision. I am here to say that yes, I believe it was. The BCS is a business after all.
The tenth ranked Ducks would have been the more tasty matchup for the Sugar Bowl, pitting them against Alabama and the opportunity to make a statement to the country of who was the better team between the two.
“I think when you take a look at the way Oklahoma performed, and their last games particularly on the road and this particular game this weekend against No. 6 Oklahoma State, it’s hard not to be impressed with the way they’ve been performing of late.
“I think it was a very difficult decision needless to say. There were other highly capable and attractive teams out there in the pool that we looked at, and when it came down to it, we just felt convinced that this was going to be the best decision for us at this particular time.”
Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan on the possibility their choice was a ‘business decision’
Business decision or not the Ducks will face Texas in the Alamo Bowl, but the bigger question comes next season when the ‘big’ bowl games become playoff games in College football. The race begins at the beginning of the season to be ranked in the Top 4 to have the chance at a first in the game. A true playoff scenerio, or is it? What happens when the #5 team, who faced the #3 team and beat them in Week 2 gets stuck and #5 and left out because the then #3 team ran the table and ended the season ranked in the Top 4? It could happen.
What if that team left out is a team we all care about? College football is about to open pandora’s box and I’m not sure they are prepared for what comes out of it. Sure, it will be great to see a true playoff, but at what cost? Adding more to the mix is the commitee that will have the ultimate say in who these top four teams will be. If five teams from power conferences run the table how the hell do you decide who get left out? Will they draw straws or flip a coin?
These are the questions that enter my mind as we say goodbye to the BCS. It was a flawed system from the beginning, but I think it was effective in the end, even if the computers seemed somewhat screwy at times. In looking back we may discover it was better than what’s coming.