Not to say I told you so, but I told you so. Why? Because in past playoff discussions, one of the drums I've been banging is that if the misguided "monopoly" pressure gets too great on the BCS as it concerns "autobids," the BCS will dissolve before it creates a playoff....
According to sources with direct knowledge of meetings held in San Francisco earlier this week, the suggested change calls for the BCS to sever its direct ties with the so-called BCS bowls -- the Allstate Sugar Bowl, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, Discover Orange Bowl and Rose Bowl Game presented by Vizio -- and concentrate solely on arranging a No. 1 vs. No. 2 national championship matchup.
Just like I've been saying: If this happens, the mid-majors can kiss their chances goodbye of ever seeing a prestigious bowl ever again. I've said for a while - the idea of an "autobid" is far, far overblown. The SEC and Sugar Bowl have essentially the same arrangement that the MWC does with the Las Vegas Bowl - they send their conference champion. If the Big East had a bowl tie-in instead of a BCS tie-in, the difference would be even less.
I have one beef with this article:
Under this format, the champions of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East and Big 12 conferences would no longer receive automatic entry into the bowls that currently make up the BCS rotation: Rose, Sugar, Fiesta and Orange. That's because the BCS would no longer be required to provide teams for those four games.
Instead, all 11 FBS conferences and their members, as well as football independents, would begin, in theory, each season with an equal chance of reaching the national championship game.
In that second paragraph there, THAT'S WHAT ALREADY HAPPENS. You see the depth to which misconceptions about this system have been propagated.
Anyways, this would be interesting; the only problem I have with the idea of sending all the bowls back to purely conference tie-ins would be the loss of the chance to go to an Orange Bowl or a Sugar Bowl or something with a really good season - someplace we wouldn't ordinarily get to go.