The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

Bill Bowman

November 21, 2011

Could this be end of BCS?

For about the last two years or so I've often vented about the treatment the loser of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference game receives when it comes to NCAA playoff positioning.

Just this year, Slippery Rock won the West, then lost to Kutztown in the PSAC Championship game and got left out of the Division II field while California (Pa.), a team The Rock beat a month ago, qualified for the 24-team tournament.

A year ago it was a bit different. Bloomsburg beat Kutztown to win the East, then lost the title game to Mercyhurst. Fortunately the Huskies got in to the playoffs, but dropped from the No. 2 seed to the sixth seed and had to play on the road in the first round while Kutztown got a bye and a second-round home game because it won its finale rather than lose in the PSAC title game.

Those kinds of situations in and of themselves are tough to deal with. Now imagine a life without playoffs. The Huskies might have gotten jobbed out of a decent seed last fall, but at least they still had a chance to win the national title. That isn't the case in FBS football, where, as we all teeth-grindingly know, there is still not a playoff.

Right now there is a real distinct possibility that the BCS is about to blow up on the next two Saturdays.

Cue up the evil Vincent Price cackling here for me, please.

Want a nightmare scenario? Say top-ranked and unbeaten LSU beats Arkansas on Friday and Alabama beats Auburn on Saturday. Now, because it lost on the road to the No. 1 team in the country, pollsters, computers and coaches all leave Arkansas at No. 3 with 'Bama at No. 2 and LSU on top heading into next weekend's SEC Championship.

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