Column: The BCS era was a memorable one, ya feel me?

by Samuel Gordon

As usual, the BCS got it right.

Still, if there was a year where a playoff would be especially fitting, it’d be this one.

No. 1 Florida State against No. 2 Auburn is the right title game matchup, and both teams boast the best credentials of any of the viable contenders.

I’m expecting a competitive, entertaining game, but I’m also not so sure Alabama isn’t the best team in the country.

That’s pretty much the story of the last 15 years.

While the Bowl Championship Series is going to be remembered for helping deliver some of the most memorable games ever — à la USC versus Texas in 2006 — it’s also going to be remembered for barring worthy teams from a chance at the championship.

I’m in the minority as a long-standing supporter of the BCS — the system that aggregates rankings from different polls to determine the two teams most fit to compete for a title.

And more often than not, it has rewarded the two teams with the most complete resumes.

It ensured the regular season’s relevance, and in a sense, every game was a playoff game for the top contenders. If a team slipped up, there went its title shot.

Before the BCS, voters named the national champion, giving the title even more subjectivity. In the BCS, the champion earns it.

But college football is the only major sport that is void of a championship tournament.

And after back-to-back one-sided national championship games, and after watching Alabama this season, and after seeing how it lost to Auburn — there’s simply no excuse not to have a playoff system moving forward.

I’ll be very clear and say Auburn is more than deserving to play for the ’ship.

The Tigers played an elite schedule and upset the No. 1 team in the nation. But it took an injury to Johnny Manziel, a miracle Hail Mary pass against Georgia and four missed field goals against Alabama to get it there.

I could argue four teams are deserving of a title shot this year.

Aside from the two teams playing for the title, No. 3 Alabama was the most dominant team in the country’s best conference, and No. 4 Michigan State ran the table in the Big Ten.

Next year’s playoff system won’t penalize elite teams for losing once.

It’ll end the debate that surrounds the national championship game seemingly every year. It’ll eliminate the 20-minute conversations people have with friends about who should be playing for the title. And it’ll flat out be more entertaining for college football fans.

Though I was initially skeptical, I’ve come around and realized a four-team playoff is right for college football. But it couldn’t have happened without the kerfuffle the BCS has created year in and year out.

Here’s to hoping the BCS delivers one last time.

Ya feel me?