College football: How to fix BCS problem

by Berry Tramel Modified: March 5, 2009 at 1:18 am •  Published: March 5, 2009
In the last two college football seasons, the Mountain West Conference has the best football record among all leagues against schools from conferences with automatic berths in the BCS.

You read that right. Better than the SEC. Better than the Big 12. Better than the ACC or Pac-10 or Big Ten or Big East.

Last January, Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson remembers hearing Utah quarterback Brian Johnson asked if the Utes, after beating Alabama in the Sugar Bowl, deserved to play for the national championship. "He said, ‘I don’t know why not,’ ” Thompson said. "‘We haven’t lost a game.’ That’s what this really is all about.”

The Mountain West is tired of keeping quiet. Wednesday, it unveiled a college football playoff proposal which includes the following:

→Any league with a .400 winning percentage against the BCS leagues over two seasons, minimum 20 games, gets an automatic BCS berth;

→The BCS formula is replaced by a 12-member selection committee, similar to basketball;

→And the national champion is determined by a plus-three playoff — semifinals and a championship game after the BCS bowls.

"We all believe change is needed,” said University of Wyoming president Tom Buchanan.

by Berry Tramel
Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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