In summary, Zemick states a Bowl Selection Committee should be established to oversee the placing of teams in the BCS bowls. His main argument is such a committee will prevent four loss teams like Florida State from appearing in the BCS bowls, thus allowing the eight best teams in the country to make their rightful appearances.
I feel Zemick could have better argued his position perhaps by not making Florida State is main thrust of his column.
I actually love the idea of a Bowl Selection Committee. However, unlike basketball, which actually has to spend five days to place teams from 34 conferences into a 65-team bracket, the football selection process is much less complicated. Each bowl team only plays one game. In addition, one can use the standings to have a good estimate of which bowl a team is going to attend. Therefore, a Bowl Selection Committee is not fully necessary.
Even a Bowl Selection Show similar to the one for basketball is not needed since the conference champions know there they are going to end up except when their bowl hosts the national championship. The show is a really nice touch, but ESPN has a bowl preview show regardless.
One of Zemick's main arguments is conference champions should not have an automatic bid to the BCS. This is the argument that I most disagree with. Winning your conference must count for something. If the team with the most wins gets the BCS bid, we have the NFL. Teams would schedule as many cupcakes as possible to get as many wins as possible. While Maryland might have been the best team in the ACC this year, they did not take care of business by finishing with the best conference record. Florida State did, so they rightfully backed into the BCS.
One thing that I do agree with is the non-championship BCS bowls have lost their meaning. Every major game used to have championship implications. The disadvantage of this was split national champions. How do you weigh the following?
- Only one bowl game has any meaning, but that game determines a concensus national champion. Keep in mind, split national champions are still possible (Nebraska and Oregon in 2001; Florida State and Miami in 2000).
- Four or five bowl games have championship importance, but the probability of split national champions is rather high. Under the old system, Miami and Ohio State would have been co-champions this year.
I have run out of ideas, so lets hear from you.