The line between the elite and lesser BCS conferences was blurred by all the BCS bowls and the AQs. That safety net is gone now. Your champion is in, or it's out.
Additionally, I think having the Rose Bowl involved in the play-off will actually backfire for the B1G. If no B1G team cracks the top 4 not only are they out of the championship, they are also not going to get to fall back on the Rose Bowl and their "tradition" with that bowl will slowly erode.
Time will tell
Most years it will be one team each from SEC, Big 12, Big 10 and Pac 12. The faulty presumption is that the SEC will have a two-team combo every year like LSU & Bama last year. It won't.
Would it not be funny if the Big 10 got ruined and we started inviting big10 schools?
I don't really agree. The media still loves to jack up the B1G in every way possible. They always get big time Token rankings at the beginning of the season. If they can just keep one of their big 4 from losing 2 games, they'll end up with the token #4 spot, imo. As long as there arn't 2 undeeateds from other conferences along with another 1 loss SEC team.
I don't see the big hubub about it really, yeah, they always got their token BCS bowls for 2 teams, but in reality, they just doubled their opportunity of making it into the NC game. As far as getting a championship, if I were in the B1G, I'd be much happier with this 4 team scenario than I was when they only picked 2 teams to play for it. It's a tougher road for them, than the Big XII or SEC, but I really think they have a better shot of getting in now than they did before, at least for the foreseeable future.
Looking through the end of season (pre bowl game) rankings I come up with the following:
2011: LSU, Bama, Ok St, Stanford/Oregon
2010: this year was a cluster!#$%. The first three were easy: Auburn, Oregon, TCU. Then you have 3 11-1 teams (Stanford, Wisconsin, Ohio St)
2009: Another tough year to pick final 4: Bama, Texas, Boise St, TCU, and Cincinatti all undefeated. Then you have a one loss Florida team as well.
2008: Undefeated Utah and Boise St. along with 7 1 loss teams (OU, Florida, Texas, Bama, USC, Texas Tech, PSU)
2007: weird year. Undefeat Hawaii (weak schedule though) and 1 loss Ohio State. Then you had a host of two loss teams (LSU, Va Tech, OU, Georgia, USC, Mizzou)
2006: Top 3 fairly straight forward: OSU, Florida, Michigan. Then it's between 10-2 LSU vs 10-2 USC
2005: Easy choice for top 2 here with undefeated Texas and USC. Tehn it's between 10-1 PSU, 9-2 OSU, 10-1 Oregon, 9-2 Notre Dame, 10-2 Georgia.
2004: USC, OU, and Auburn are all undefeated and clear cut choices. Then it comes down to a 10-1 Texas, 10-1 California, and undefeated Utah and boise st teams.
2003: LSU, OU, and USC all have one loss and are locks for the playoff. Then it comes down to two loss Michigan, Ohio St, Texas, FSU, Maimi, and Tennessee teams.
2002: Ohio St and Miami are the two locks with Georgia being a near lock. Then it comes down to an 11-1 Iowa vs a 10-2 USC
2001: Miami and Nebraska are near locks. Then it's 1 loss Oregon along with 2 loss Colorado, Florida, UT, Texas for the final two spots.
2000: Undefeated OU followed by 5 1 loss teams (FSU, Miami, Wash, Va Tech, Ore. St)
1999: FSU, Va Tech, and Nebraska are easy choices. Tough choice for the last spot between 9-2 Bama, 10-1 KSU, 9-2 Wisconsin, 9-2 Tennessee
1998: Undefeated Tennessee is only easy choice. They are followed by 1 loss KSU, FSU, OSU, Wisconsin teams and 2 loss A&M and Florida
There were no years where the top 4 were clearly seperated and very few where there was a definative top 3. People going back and just looking at the top 4 of the BCS standings are being silly.
For instance last year Stanford was the #4 team in the BCS standings but they were smoked by Oregon and Oregon was the conference champion. No way Stanford gets in ahead of them.
I can't wait until its 2 Big 12 vs 2 SEC teams every year :jimlad:
My actual question would be if the BCS rankings will still exist.