Here to collect his winnings from one of our Redskins Predictions contests in the form of a guest post is Mr. Irrelevant reader illformula.
A recurring theme we often see this time of year is that the BCS is a flawed system. The most common argument being that it’s a foggy formula with arbitrary results. It doesn’t provide an equal opportunity for some of the best college football teams in the country to win a national championship. Every other core collegiate and professional sport utilizes a playoff format that not only provides a fair chance for all participants, but also a creates an exciting lose-or-go-home atmosphere.
Everyone has their own opinion in the BCS vs. playoff debate. It’s a debate that’s been well documented and increasingly criticized over the last decade. Regardless of which side you stand on, there’s one thing that we here in the DMV should agree on: the likelihood of any local team becoming a powerhouse and repeatedly competing for a national title is not good.
While there’s evidence that parity in college basketball seems to be increasing, that is not the case in college football. National powerhouses such as Texas, LSU, Alabama, Florida, Ohio St., USC, etc. not only dominate the recruiting scene, but they also have boosters and budgets that dwarf those of the majority of other FBS programs. Look at the budgets of four of the local schools compared to those of four national powerhouses:
Va. Tech — $25 million
UVA — $17 million
UMD — $9 million
WVU — $17 million
OSU — $51 million
Alabama — $42 million
UF — $43 million
Texas — $53 million
Va. Tech, who recently has been the only local school able to create a buzz in the BCS, is miles away from any of those programs. If you combine the financial delta between any of those schools with the prestige of those national powerhouses, it becomes obvious why the schools of the DMV (in addition to almost every other school in the country) simply cannot keep pace.
The laissez-faire approach of the NCAA allows it to become nearly impossible to sustain top-notch recruiting classes, facilities and other resources necessary for growing programs to move into that elite category. And unfortunately for the schools of the DMV, that’s exactly what’s required to win a national championship in football. Need further evidence that inferior talent, skill and coaching can’t win at a high level, look no further than the last 15 years of your Washington Redskins.
So even if the BCS was ever dissolved for a playoff system, thinking that any Boise St./Houston/Va. Tech/(fill in name of random school with good record) can win multiple games against an LSU/Texas/Alabama/Ohio St. is irrational, at best. The BCS, in its current format, provides the national audience with the highest level of football available each and every year, which is exactly what people should want to see. It’s just a shame that, for a local sports fan base in dire need of a winner, there’s no light at the end of this tunnel.
(Va. Tech/UVA image taken with love from the D.C. Sports Bog.)