History of the BCS Championship Bowl Game

If you are a college football fanatic you probably already know how this came to be. You were probably watching the first games that led up to the creation. For you it was a history making event that you did not want to miss. For everyone else that does not know the history of the BCS championship bowl game there are a few things that brought the bowl game into existence.

The very first bowl championship series was played in 1998 at the end of the college football season. People were clamoring for a way to crown one team as the very best out of all others for the year. If it could be done on the professional level why could not it be done on the college level as well? Each team wanted bragging rights to be the best. The only problem was that unlike with professional football you have just a fraction of teams and your players will constantly change up as some graduate or accept the draft. One team that won last year may not have any returning senior players.

Prior to the game in 1998 there were some attempts at a national game however, the big ten teams did not participate, so in actuality it was not a true championship game. All of the various bowls that are out now were rotated to change up the final location of the championship bowl game. There were four actual bowls which rotated each year. They were the Rose Bowl, Orange Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl. Other additional bowls are provided to other teams that are not in the playoffs for the championship title. People still want to be able to see a final game or ranking for their favorite college team. This was an appeasement for those that would not make the final cut. This is something akin to a regional championship in the professional league.

Now that this system has been implemented a lot of colleges and fans are complaining about how the teams are chosen for the top spots. Unfortunately it is not decided upon how a team performances or plays on the field but by polls and computer rankings. Many feel that it provides an unfair advantage to the larger schools which have larger endowments and more funding to acquire better players. The USA Today newspaper combines the coaches' poll. And former players, media and coaches get a say for the Harris Interactive Poll. Finally, an average of six computers provides ratings on the college football teams. This is an intricate design that was created for the championship bowl game.

As the season comes to a close each year in January, people root and cheer for their favorite teams. Everyone has an opinion on how it should be fixed or updated. As this is still a relatively new system in place it will take a long time to get updated. And it will not be scrapped for another system until enough people complain about it. But with that in mind it is not easy to set up and maintain a system that will be liked by everyone.