It is the last season that college football will be using the current BCS structure that they have used for several years in determining by vote who plays for the national title. But surely, it won’t be easy to choose the contenders in the title game in January — not that it ever has been.
Starting next season the Plus-One college football playoff will be in effect. The top four teams in the country will essentially play “one more game” on their way to the National Title game. This is in response to years of criticism of the BCS system that has had to make some tough decisions.
But now that the Plus-One is a reality one can’t help but wonder what it would look like this season. Of course, it is so early in the season that it is tough to envision what teams will be in the top four spots at the end of the season, but it’s still fun to think about.
As things currently stand, the top eight teams in the country are all undefeated, as well as various other teams littered throughout the rest of the top 25. Of the top eight there are plenty of teams who might have a good chance to go undefeated this season.
Alabama currently sits at the top, no surprise here, they got through the tough task of beating Johnny Football and Texas A&M this past weekend, now all they have to do is finish out their season (preferably undefeated).
In years past it would always be said that Alabama had one of the toughest schedules in the country, but this year their schedule includes seven home games as opposed to only four road games. And the only other ranked team they play this season is LSU, which is a home game by the way.
So there really isn’t any excuse for Alabama not to finish the season undefeated, but if they don’t, things might not be so easy for them to get back into the title game as a one-loss team.
Here is where it gets interesting. Oregon is currently ranked second and has been absolutely destroying every team that has been put in their way this season, in there games they have scored 184 points.
But there schedule isn’t as easy as Alabama’s. They have some huge games with ranked opponents, including a matchup at Stanford on November 7th, who is ranked 5th in the country by the way.
Oregon has an incredibly tough schedule, but should they go undefeated there is no reason the BCS won’t select them to play for the title.
Next is Clemson, the 3rd ranked team in the country that has a much easier schedule than Oregon. Outside of tough games against number 8 ranked Florida State and rival South Carolina at the end of the season they should have a good shot at running the table. If they finished undefeated would they get into the title game?
Another big name is Ohio State. Many have predicted them to go undefeated this season and return to the national title game. They have some tough matchups against Wisconsin, Northwestern, and of course Michigan, but aside from that they do have a great shot at finishing undefeated.
They too would deserve the right to play for a national title if they went undefeated. But here is the question, only two team can play for the title. If Alabama were to lose a game this season (although it seems highly unlikely) would they be able to jump Oregon, Clemson, or Ohio State if these teams were undefeated?
In the past it was argued that a one-loss SEC team is better and more deserving than an undefeated team anywhere else. But I am not too sure how this will hold up in this scenario.
Although there is the high possibility that no teams will be undefeated, or maybe only one, there really is no way of telling; at this point it is all speculation.
But I for one cannot wait until next season when we don’t have to worry about voting for the contestants in the national title game.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. He writes a weekly sports column for the Barrow Journal. You can e-mail comments about this column to