The BCS relies on a combination of polls and computer selection methods to determine relative team rankings, and to narrow the field to two teams to play in the BCS National Championship Game. Therefore, for the purposes of getting a similar ranking system, we’ll use Football Outsiders’ DVOA rankings as our computer system, and naturally, ESPN’s “Power Rankings” as our official writers poll. It’s a highly scientific, bulletproof system. Obviously.
The Notre Dame Bowl
Lions (11th computers, 8th writers) vs. Cowboys (14th computers, 13th writers)
The Cowboys slogged to a 8-8 finish and downright stunk to close the season, but hey, they have a lot of fans, so they’re in a bowl game. Apologies to the Bengals. Get some more fans, generate some more money, and you’ll get a bowl game next year, Cincy.
The Boise Bowl
49ers (6th computers, 3rd writers) vs. Falcons (8th computers, 7th writers)
Sorry, Niners. The NFC West stinks, so you don’t get an automatic BCS bid. Good job banging out those 13 wins though. Keep building your program year after year, and maybe you’ll have a legitimate chance to compete for the ultimate championship sometime around 2027.
The Undeserving Bowl
Eagles (10th computers, 15th writers) vs Jets (9th computers, 19th writers)
These teams seem to either be making noise in the playoffs, or at least in them every year, plus they’re big markets, which means big money, so… you know… In. If you could be a lamb and ignore their insanely disappointing, underachieving seasons, that’d be great, thanks. Apologies once again to the Bengals.
The Great BCS Bowl
AFCE Champ Patriots (4th computers, 4th writers) vs “At large” Steelers (2nd computers, 6th writers)
Ohhhhhh! So close to that BCS title game without actually winning your division, Pittsburgh! The computers loved you, but the writers have you way down at 6th. Sorry about that. This would actually be a great game… although… It’s a matchup we have a great chance of seeing in the 2nd round anyway. But whatever.
The Horrible BCS Bowl
AFCW Champ Broncos (24th computers, 14th writers) vs. NFCE Champ Giants (12th computers, 9th writers)
There always has to be that one horrible BCS game, right? Well, here it is. The Tebows vs. the “bEast” champs.
The Uncompetitive BCS Bowl
AFCN Champ Ravens (7th computers, 5th writers) vs. AFCS Champ Texans (5th computers, 10th writers)
Just like there always seems to be a boring ass BCS game nobody would care about (above), there always seems to be one of these total mismatch games. Enjoy watching the Ravens beat the tar out of Houston and turning the channel to the Big Bang Theory midway through the 2nd quarter.
The BCS Championship Game
NFCN Champ Packers (1st computers, 1st writers) vs. NFCS Champ Saints (3rd computers, 2nd writers)
In the last 5 years, only four out of ten #1 seeds have made it to the Super Bowl. But hey, there’s no way the Packers can lose in the playoffs, right? I mean, it wouldn’t be fun to actually watch them try to get past the first few rounds. And who wants to see Drew Brees and the gang play a few games in the playoffs? Let’s just skip all that competition. OK, so this game would actually be pretty awesome. But still!
Wouldn’t this setup be WAY BETTER than the playoffs?!?!?