End of BCS can't come soon enough for Pac-12

The Bowl Championship Series might not have been possible without the Pac-12's cooperation, but the league has been tormented and should benefit from the coming four-team playoff.

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A lot of people hate the Bowl Championship Series, but no conference needs it to go away faster than the Pac-12.

No league has been more tormented by its quartile quirkiness and, at times, outright chicanery.

The BCS would not have been possible without the Pac-12's cooperation in 1998, when then-Southeastern Conference commissioner Roy Kramer and cohorts persuaded the league and the Rose Bowl to sign on the crooked line.

It meant releasing the Pac-12 and Big Ten champions for a "title" game any time its conference champions finished No. 1 or No. 2.

The BCS/SEC swore the Rose Bowl could keep its traditional Pac vs. Big Ten game every year… except years it might have to take Miami, Nebraska, or Texas Christian.

One season, the Rose Bowl had to put Rutgers on its big board of contenders.

Rose Bowl Chief Executive Mitch Dorger was ready to unveil statistics showing how Los Angeles led the nation in Rutgers alums.

The BCS has worked out tremendously for the SEC, which has garnered nine of the 15 available titles. All six BCS champions outside the SEC had to go undefeated, while the nine BCS champions from the SEC have lost seven total games.

The Pac-12 and Rose Bowl have no one but themselves to blame.

All systems are "fair" if you agree to its rules and loopy loopholes.

The Pac-12's participation has been a boon financially and helped "grow the sport" nationally in ways few could have imagined.

In terms of Pac-12 football, though, the BCS adventure has been "The Poseidon Adventure."

In 2001, Oregon finished No. 2 in both polls but got edged out of the title game by Nebraska, fresh off a 62-36 loss at Colorado.

In 2003, USC finished No. 1 in both polls but No. 3 in the BCS standings.

This anomaly was possible because Oklahoma got blown out by Kansas State in the Big 12 title game but still finished No. 1 in the standings.

Everyone knows USC, not Oklahoma, should have played Louisiana State in 2003.

In 2004, No. 5 California was denied its first trip to the Rose Bowl since 1959 because the medicine-bottle BCS fine print mandated that spot go to No. 4 Texas by the margin of .8476 to .8347, whatever that meant.

Voter manipulation and/or fraud may have been involved.

No, next year's four-team playoff can't get here soon enough. It's coming at a time when the Pac-12 is pigskin peaking. The league hasn't been this good in years and is now generally considered No. 2 behind the SEC.

Next year, playing at this level, the Pac-12 champion will almost assuredly land a spot in the top four.

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