The spirit of competition has been sucked from college football. Want to win a championship? Learn the art of crafty nonconference scheduling.
Florida, Alabama and Texas — the top teams in the Bowl Championship Series standings — have combined to play only two BCS teams in 12 nonleague games. Yet two of these teams will be rewarded with berths to the BCS title game. It doesn't seem right.
Scheduling abuse is going to get worse. BCS teams are making a move to grab an even bigger share of the bowl pot beginning in 2010. Big 12 commissioner Don Beebe has proposed legislation that would treat BCS teams with .500 records the same as teams with winning records from non-BCS leagues.
Currently, if a bowl has to go outside its conference affiliation to fill a spot, it can't select a 6-6 BCS team over a team with seven or more victories. Beebe’s legislation would toss out that rule, meaning a seven-win team from the Mountain West, Western Athletic, Mid-American, Conference USA or Sun Belt could be bypassed for a 6-6 BCS team.
Factor in the likelihood of 36 bowl games in 2010 and nearly every BCS team that loads the nonconference schedule with four cupcake opponents will be "rewarded" with a bowl game if it can crank out a pathetic 2-6 record in league play.
College football has a serious problem, and it's the topic of my column this week for Covers.com.Covers is second to none in coverage of industry news, statistics and advice. Be sure to check Covers' excellent matchups page for this week's games, featuring previews, trends and line moves.