After a whirlwind of a weekend that has resulted in three highly-ranked teams falling, the controversy that ever surrounds college football’s Bowl Championship Series will no doubt be as strong as ever. Losses by Oklahoma State, Oregon, and Oklahoma paved the way for the top three of the BCS rankings to consist of LSU, Alabama, and Arkansas. What’s special about that? They are all from the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the same conference that has won the Bowl Championship Series’ national championship prize for the past five football seasons. Even more special? They all come from the same division, the SEC West.
The conspiracy theories surrounding the BCS system could easily support a website like this for months. However, we are focusing in on an area of this issue that is overlooked. The BCS is a self-fulfilling prophecy, a conspiracy for the sake of conspiracy. How do you figure? Look at the facts. Every year, the controversy begins as the BCS system rankings arrive and everyone knows that chaos will ensue. The BCS thrives on controversy and for the months of the college football season, a debate on the BCS rankings is virtually an everyday occurrence, regardless of the status. And while there are dozens lined up to say that the BCS is a terrible way to determine the college football champion and there should be a playoff system, what they do is talk about it, talk about it, and talk about it some more. And the legend of the BCS continues to grow, and by the time the national championship game arrives, the controversy is at a fever pitch. And everyone watches.
The BCS conspiracy is not about the SEC winning its’ sixth consecutive championship. It’s not about who gets left out, or who was undefeated when. It’s about money. It’s about controversy. It exists to create this very environment that it does, without fail. The more chatter about it, the more debate, the more intense it gets. The more intense, the more people that watch. That means money in the BCS’s deep pockets.
Like McDonald’s McRib sandwich, this is another Common Sense Conspiracy declaration of a conspiracy that exists only for its own benefit. Not every conspiracy is designed to knock someone down, perpetrate a crazy idea, or rally the public’s opinion one way or the other. Sometimes conspiracies exist just to create controversy and make a splash. The BCS, and the McRib sandwich, are really successful examples of this conspiracy that is born out of corporate America.