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Volume 6, Issue 3                                    University of Houston
Playoff format needed to correct flawed BCS
College Football Report

Christian Schmidt

And the B(C)S continues.

The Bowl Championship Series is supposed to pick the top two teams to play in a national championship game. This year it put Oklahoma (No. 1 in the BCS) and Louisiana State (No. 2) in the Sugar Bowl, where the Tigers went out and beat the Sooners handily in a 21-14 win that wasn't as close as the score would indicate.

Halfway across the country, Southern California, the No. 1 team in both major polls heading into the new year, dominated No. 4 Michigan in a 28-14 win that also wasn't nearly as close as the score.

So which team is No. 1? Both. The Associated Press poll picked USC as its top team while the coaches' poll selected LSU as the top dog. Who's right? Check out The Daily Cougar's own poll, the Baker's Dozen, to see.

The BCS was created to prevent a split national championship, the very thing that occurred this year. In fact, nearly every year some team has had a legitimate gripe against the BCS.

The bottom line is that only a playoff system will solve the problem. Every other NCAA sport has a playoff system, including the other levels of football.

The coaching carousel

One of the most prominent positions in college football is open, but nobody seems to be willing to take it. Since Nebraska dismissed Frank Solich, Nebraska Athletics Director Steve Pederson has been looking for a new coach. So far, he hasn't had much luck.

Several coaches have reportedly turned him down, including Arkansas head coach Houston Nutt, who was offered a salary approximately twice as much as his current contract guarantees.

Meanwhile, a very suitable candidate is sitting in Nebraska's backyard. Bo Pellini, the Cornhuskers' defensive coordinator and interim head coach, is a talented coach who turned Nebraska's defense around in just one year. He has the players' respect, and he did an admirable job in Nebraska's bowl game, beating Michigan State 17-3. Pellini won't get the job because he has no head coaching experience and many believe he can't recruit top athletes. But success will bring good players to the program, and Pellini has already shown he can be successful.

New coaches in town? 

Rumors about coaching changes are also swirling around the Texas football program. After four consecutive losses to rival Oklahoma and a disappointing bowl loss to Washington State, Texas head coach Mack Brown might be forced to hire new offensive and defensive coordinators.

Offensive coordinator Greg Davis and defensive coordinator Carl Reese have been with Brown since he accepted the job at UT six years ago, but both have come under heavy criticism for the team's inability to win big games.

Baker's Dozen

1.) Southern California

2.) Lousiana State

3.) Ohio State

4.) Oklahoma

5.) Miami

6.) Michigan

7.) Georgia

8.) Washington State

9.) Iowa

10.) Miami (Ohio)

11.) Mississippi

12.) Florida State

13.) Kansas State

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