How confounding is the Bowl Championship Series? In its final run this past week, the much-criticized closing act of the college football season delivered a handful of entertaining, even gripping, games, including Missouri coming from behind late in the fourth quarter to defeat Oklahoma State, and Clemson narrowly getting past a mistake-prone Ohio State.
Who other than Coach Bob Stoops saw Oklahoma downing Alabama by two touchdowns?
Then, there was the championship game, 24 points scored in the final five minutes, Florida State erasing deficits large and small, marching the length of the field to put the winning touchdown on the scoreboard with 13 seconds remaining, all while somehow overcoming the good karma that has been with Auburn this season.
Whose idea was it to dump the BCS?
Actually, the excitement of the games points to something better, teams at the highest reaches of college football playing for even more, a chance to reach the title match. A small tournament will commence next season, four teams qualifying, two advancing, the results decided by the coaches and players on the field.
And if the experiment goes well? Why not expand the brackets to 16 teams or 32 teams, football joining the other NCAA sports in staging a full tournament to decide the champion? You have to think that would generate enough money and buzz, not to mention rating as a suitable substitute for those 35 bowl games.