As we continue to explore the depths of the beast that is the college football offseason, we've decided to take a look at just how crazy the BCS is getting.
For starters, the BCS has been making some screwy changes this year. Stewart Mandel breaks down the changes well in this article. Basically:
- There will be 5 BCS games
- The New Championship game will be entirely different from the 4 original BCS Bowl games. This still doesn't make sense to me, so here is how Stewart puts it:
Yeah. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.
- It will be easier for non-BCS schools to get berths. From Stewart:
- More teams can get at-large berths.
Lets repeat that last part: Notre Dame, meanwhile, is guaranteed an at-large berth if it finishes in the top eight. It's as if they've created a new conference: The Big-1. The only team in it? Notre Dame, baby. All Notre Dame has to do is win their conference is they're guaranteed a BCS Bowl and more national coverage than they deserve.
- The 4 original bowls will be played on FOX, with the exception of the Rose Bowl.
But, Fox says their NFL games still take priority, so the dates of the Bowl games will be planned around their NFL regular season coverage. I don't know about you, but I'd take the Sugar Bowl (oops, pardon me, the Nokia Sugar Bowl) over Giants vs. 49ers any day of the week. Plus, they will use their NFL commentators, not the normal college ones.
Just imagine! Joe Buck calling college football!
Are you trying to tell me they kick off from the 35 in college football? I don't believe it!
- To add to the madness, the games will be spaced farther apart. Rose Bowl on the 1st, Fiesta on the 1st, Orange on the 2nd, Sugar on the 3rd. And the mysterious unknown-named title game on the 8th, five days later.
We'll discuss the regular bowl games in another post. That's a whole different story.