It’s not often very many people pine for the BCS (Bowl Championship Series).
The BCS system — besides being unadulteratedly corrupt — created so many frustrations for players, coaches and fans alike as it determined the two teams that would play for the NCAA Division I national championship each season.
It finally gave way to the playoff committee, which, as expected, has created its own set of frustrations. But still, most are not wishing to return to the BCS days.
Garden City Community College’s head football coach Jeff Sims is perhaps wanting a similar system to the BCS in the junior college ranks, however.
The NJCAA national championship participants are selected, mainly, by the NJCAA poll committee. The NJCAA Football Computer Rankings also make up 25 percent of the rankings, but its impact is small compared to the 75 percent of the poll that’s comprised by the 17-member committee.
Like polls have shown throughout the years, there’s a recency bias in human votes — the most recent result weighs more heavily than results earlier in the season.
What that means for the No. 2 Busters is, if they were to lose Saturday to No. 14 Butler, would the human voters drop Garden City out of the top two spots in the NJCAA rankings?
No. 3 in the rankings is Iowa Western, whose only loss came to Garden City earlier this year. Both teams would only have one loss, and the Busters would have the head-to-head win.
But there’s that recency bias in the way.
“If this was the BCS, we would be Alabama and guaranteed in the (championship),” Sims said this week.
What he means is, the Busters would have enough of a points cushion in the rankings that a loss would not drop them down a spot, and they’d still gain a berth in the title game.
This system very likely could drop them a spot in that scenario.
What would happen if No. 1 East Mississippi were to lose to No. 4 Jones in the MACJC Championship game on Saturday? Jones likely would be in the title game, but would East Mississippi fall below the Busters or Iowa Western?
Would there be a rematch in the national championship between East Mississippi and Jones?
The possibilities are difficult to parse, and the thought-process of human voters is impossible to predict. I guess that’s why the Busters aren’t planning on relying on it.
“We’re not planning on leaving it up to anybody’s choices,” Sims said.
The simplest path to the NJCAA Championship for Garden City is a win, and then the Busters won’t have to sweat Sunday’s NJCAA rankings release. They’ll be getting their luggage ready to head to Pittsburg for the Nov. 29 title game.