The Bowl Championship Series is nothing more than a beauty contest, one Woody Hayes would be proud of.
In 1973, Hayes' Ohio State Buckeyes were selected to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl. League athletic directors voted, 6-4, in favor of sending Ohio State to Pasadena over Michigan after the teams tied, 10-10, in the game to decide the Rose Bowl participant.
There was controversy then and there is controversy now. The BCS has spoken, and it's Ohio State and Louisiana State in the title game.
This decision has been greeted by boos in many corners, cheers in others. A sampling from around the country:
Chris Dufresne, Los Angeles Times: After the final whistle of the regular season, nobody should have a gripe — nobody.
Thayer Evans, New York Times: Was LSU the best two-loss team in the land? Many, including Georgia's Mark Richt, say no.
Wendell Barnhouse, Fort Worth Star-Telegram: The BCS dirt doesn't come out in the wash.
Terry Frei, Denver Post: The BCS computers got it right. Ohio State vs. LSU was the best of all possible choices.
Stewart Mandel, SI.com: An unappealing BCS slate should prompt change.
Bart Wright, Greenville News: If you want drama, unseen turns in the road, emotional intersections and triumph and tragedy, the BCS provides that and more.
Gene Wojciechowski, ESPN.com: Chaos doesn't legitimize ignorance or stupidity.
Charles Elmore, Palm Beach Post: The BCS can't adjust to ways the game has changed.
John Henderson, Denver Post: Make it five out of eight seasons the BCS has left people screaming for change.
Philadelphia Inquirer: Three staffers analyze the BCS.
National Championship Issue: Even different versions of the BCS bring about the same result.