BETTER THAN THE BCS
Since the title of this chapter embodies another myth, we will present just why it is that the FBS playoff that kicks off in 2014 is not necessarily better than the BCS. Yosemite Sam, that bellicose Warner Bros. Cartoons standby, often uttered the challenge, “Them’s fightin’ words!” and we fully anticipate that some of our readers will draw their pistols like Sam and order us to stand and deliver. But before any of that, we state immediately that neither of us prefers either of the alternatives, an FBS playoff or the BCS, to the other. While we run the risk of being labeled un—American, both of your authors actually prefer the old—style, pre—BCS determination just by polls and catch—as-catch—can postseason bowl games. It made for fun arguments through the winter and spring. So our coverage of this myth is not motivated by our own preferences on the matter at hand.
The issue is much older than most know, judging by the focus just on the BCS. Scanning the Internet, even prior to the BCS, when two polls determined the champion, a Gallup Poll in 1990 showed more than two—thirds of the public believed a championship playoff would add interest to college football. After three years of the BCS approach, 54 percent of college football fans wanted to scrap the BCS for a playoff according to a 2001 CNN/ USAToday/Gallup Poll. By 2007, a Gallup Poll found that 85 percent of fans prefer a playoff to the BCS system. Momentum seemed to be growing, but a Quinnipiac University survey in 2009 showed 63 percent in favor getting rid of the current system, while 26 percent want to keep it. But preferences rebounded strongly, if they ever really did change, since a recent Sports Il-