Central Florida’s football team is getting a Bowl Championship Series berth. So is Clemson. But the University of South Carolina – which beat both of these top 20 programs in 2013 – is getting the shaft.
At No. 8 in the nation, South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) will be the highest-ranked team in America to get shut out of the BCS.
Is that fair?
Yes and no. We say “yes” because all head coach Steve Spurrier’s squad had to do to pick up its eleventh regular season win (and a trip to the SEC championship game in Atlanta) was to pick up a late fourth quarter first down against lowly Tennessee – something it failed to do.
Let’s face it: There’s a legitimate argument that if your team can’t do that – it doesn’t deserve a BCS bid.
On the flip side, there’s absolutely no way Central Florida or Clemson deserve the prestige (and money) that comes with playing in a BCS bowl just because they compete in crappy conferences. In fact the last time a ten-win Clemson team wound up in the BCS, the result was a record-breaking humiliation … at the hands of another team from a crappy conference.
Oh … and HERE as it relates to the Carolina-Clemson argument.
This notion that conference equality should somehow factor into a team’s postseason placement (and payoff) is ludicruous. In fact it is worse than ludicrous – it is downright perverse. Its affirmative action for football, another example of this country putting the equality of outcomes (i.e. socialism) over the equality of opportunity (i.e. the free market).
Seriously … putting BCS stickers on the back of Clemson and Central Florida helmets (but not on the back of South Carolina helmets) this year is the same thing as artificially inflating Medicaid rolls – it is perpetuating the dependency economy that continues to drag this country down.
Anyway … we’d like to think the long-overdue demise of the BCS at the conclusion of this season (in favor of a four-team playoff system) will similarly end college football’s era of postseason welfare, but we doubt it.
For starters it would take at least an eight-team playoff – which this website has advocated for years – to incorporate all programs with a legitimate claim to the national title. Hell, the four-team playoff might even wind up being more controversial than the BCS.
What’s abundantly clear is this: As long as postseason decisions continue to be made on some imposed definition of equality – and not teams’ on-field performances – then we will continue to see deserving teams like South Carolina get shafted (and undeserving teams like Central Florida and Clemson elevated).