This edition of the Associated Content Devil is a special kind of college football preview, one for all the BCS haters
Saturday begins that magical time of year, when college football fans from around the country begin posting their tired, boring, same-as-usual “Anti-BCS/Pro-BCS” articles. Saying that the majority of college football fans are in favor of the Bowl Championship Series is like believing Roger Clemens is telling the truth or thinking Omar Minaya is a competent baseball general manager. Sure, doing so may give you a laugh, but that doesn’t make the comment at all true.
Nevertheless, whiny college football fans will yet again moan about the BCS throughout the fall without doing anything about the system they hate so much. That is, until each fan reads this instructional article. Utilizing the tips I list below, college football fans can eradicate the BCS in favor the playoff system so desperately yearned for by an entire nation.
How to kill the BCS #1: Boycott all BCS college football games
One of the big complaints about the BCS is that the smaller “non-BCS” schools have little to no chance of actually winning a national championship. The BCS, college football and everything, everything, everything that exists all comes down to one thing; money. By ignoring all BCS college football games during the season, you’ll be hitting the schools, the NCAA, and television networks such as CBS & ABC/ESPN where it hurts the most. I know this will be hard. I graduated from Penn State, after all. Nothing worth having comes without sacrifice, though. Besides, think of the money you will save by not buying game tickets or food and beer for tailgates/watching the games at home.
How to kill the BCS #2: Boycott all BCS advertisers
Same concept as the previous step. Learn the identity of every company that advertises BCS Bowl Games, and then boycott all items made by that company. Here’s a small list of advertisers to get you started.
Citi, FedEx, Allstate, Tostitos, Sprint, Verizon, Pepsi, Coke, Gatorade, Capital One, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Volkswagen, Visa, American Express, as well as all programming found on FOX, ABC, CBS and the ESPN family of networks.
How to kill the BCS #3: Start petition drives
If there’s one thing organizations always pay attention to, it’s a list of names found on pieces of paper. You and your fellow anti-BCSers need to gather outside of massive college football stadiums around the country, get fans to sign your “No to the BCS” petitions and then mail those petitions to the NCAA. Remember to bundle up during late October/early November, especially if you’re attending games up north. Killing the BCS isn’t worth getting the flu.
How to kill the BCS #4: Support lower divisions of NCAA football
Those against the BCS often point to college football subdivisions when making their arguments. These subdivisions all have end-of-the-season playoffs. The big problem with that argument is that college football subdivisions wouldn’t gain anything by moving to a BCS-esque system. If every FBS (Division I-A) football fan migrated to the smaller, usually ignored playoff games played by WhoCares State vs. NeverHeardOfEm U, the NCAA would have to take notice and admit that a playoff system can indeed be more profitable than the BCS.
How to kill the BCS #5: Ask BCS schools to boycott BCS Bowls
This last one is the biggest step of all. Let’s say, for example, the Penn State receives a bid to the Rose Bowl this season. I, along with all of my fellow PSU grads, should not just refuse to buy tickets to Pasadena. We need to write letters (and gather those petitions, don’t forget) and send them to Penn State school officials. All it will take is eight teams, ideally the top eight teams in the country, to refuse invites to BCS Bowls. The NCAA will have no other choice than to put those top eight teams into a playoff tournament.
Is any of this really ever going to happen? Of course not. College football fans would rather die than go one fall without attending games or watching football games on television. There’s absolutely zero chance of any school turning down an invite to a BCS Bowl and the millions of dollars that come with it, even if that particular school deserves to be playing for the national championship.
The NCAA commands the two most profitable and popular events in all of collegiate sports; the men’s college basketball tournament and the BCS. Until you and millions of others actually stop supporting the NCAA financially, the organization can do whatever it wants with such events, knowing that, in the end, you’re just going to shut up and take whatever you’re given.
So enjoy this college football season and the bowl games that result. When a Boise State or TCU is robbed out of a national title opportunity yet again, don’t get mad at the NCAA. You’ll only have yourself to blame.
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