The BCS is like a storyteller. For the most part it decides the actors, scenes, locations and story lines. It pulls all these pieces together, sits back and watches the drama unfold. Because drama is what the BCS really wants.
Before the season starts everyone argues about the pre-season polls. Some teams are ranked too high and some are ranked too low. No one is surprised by this. Why? Because the polls are based on pure speculation. Each year new players come in, some players leave and some coaches change jobs. It makes it impossible to know how good or bad these teams actually are. But still these speculation polls play a major role in the BCS formula. It’s really just the beginning of the drama.
As the season progresses, the BCS decides which teams should be considered better than others. It ranks teams week to week letting stories develop as teams move up and down. One thing the BCS does well is create teams and make you think they are better then they actually are. Take Utah this year as an example. For two months the speculation polls and BCS told us they were one of the best teams in college football. Only to find out they weren’t nearly as good as speculated. Utah played their role as a possible spoiler, but were ultimately exposed to be a phony. Now that the BCS is done with them, they will simply remove them from the story like a chapter deemed unworthy of the final copy.
The BCS creates protagonists and antagonists so you have teams to root for and against each week. Part of the greatness to this drama is that any team can be the hero to one person and a villain to another. If you love the underdog then the BCS will present Boise St as the team you should root for. Maybe you’re an SEC or Big Ten fan. Then the BCS will present Boise St as a villain that is trying to steal your team’s spot for a national title. It’s just another way the BCS adds drama to the story.
This season is sure to end like most others. A few teams will be denied a chance to show they’re the best team and a lot of negative press will follow. The championship won’t truly be decided on the field and people will question it until next August when the cycle begins again. This is exactly what the BCS wants, fans debating and discussing football all year long. It’s what makes the BCS such a genius plot. They feed you more and more drama until you reach the climax of the story. Then poof, the story ends like the cliffhanger of a movie and your left wanting more.
Right or wrong, the BCS creates the drama it seeks each season. Unfortunately, that’s all the BCS is good for.