The system, the big one, is broken. By comparison, the BCS is simply unpopular.
Coaches already have an unhealthy amount of control. Rogue boosters and shady agents are the invisible hands guiding an underground personnel market not terribly unlike human trafficking. Academic legitimacy is clearly incompatible with the demands, on all parties, of big-time college football. And, in futile defiance of economic theory, common sense and human decency, the market wage for coveted talent remains depressed to an “education” too many players are incapable of redeeming.
But, if everyone puts their heads together, we can come up with a playoff system that can only drive up the stakes and make things worse!
Of all the corrupt things surrounding college athletics, no matter what they may say in Boise, postseason reform is small potatoes. While the BCS as a championship system could be better, it isn’t wrong. It’s obviously imperfect, and its potential for error and PR catastrophe is high. But as things go in the broken world of college sports, the BCS is one of the few things that does what it says it will. The sport it influences so greatly is overwhelmingly popular and lucrative on nearly every level. Until the masses stop acknowledging its champions, to call the BCS illegitimate is disingenuous.