Future of the BCS
April, 25, 2012
By HornsNation staff | ESPN.com
ESPN.com continues its offseason look at what is happening with the BCS.
In a conference call of all the bloggers, they look at future of the BCS.
Adam Rittenberg looks at how location will affect what the Big Ten does:
The Big Ten's destination dilemma is inherent within the current bowl/BCS system. The big bowl games always have been played in the South and West, and because of the "double-hosting" model, the same holds true for the national championship games. Most Big Ten fans understand the reasons behind this, and have willingly hopped on airplanes every December and traveled far and wide to see their teams play. It's this willingness that has made Big Ten teams so attractive to BCS bowl committees.
But the future postseason structure will bring change. A four-team setup would create two semifinals, which might take place within the current bowl structure, but most likely will not. The semis could take place at on-campus sites belonging to the higher seeds, a plan Delany advocates, or at neutral sites like Indianapolis' Lucas Oil Stadium and Detroit's Ford Field. The Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis? Beats facing LSU in NOLA.
Ted Miller talks about what the Rose Bowl means to the whole equation:
When the BCS power brokers meet in Hollywood, Fla., this week with the intention of transforming the college football postseason, the Rose Bowl must be given special status. Why? If you were to request a list from the sports' cognoscenti on the greatest traditions in college football, most would rate the Rose Bowl No. 1.
David Ubben looked at the Big 12's need to get a championship game again:
Can it survive in college football's new world without a title game?
Expanding to 12 teams is a possibility, but not a necessity for the league to reinstitute a title game. The Big 12 could petition the NCAA and likely bring back the event on the season's final weekend, the same weekend the league hosted from the time it began in 1996 until 2010.
There's little motivation to do so from those who tend most to on-field matters: Coaches. At least one expressed a desire on Monday, though.
There is, of course, more to this discussion. Read the full notebook here.
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