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HERE TO STAY

Despite constant ridicule and revisions, and more clamoring for a national college football playoff, the BCS is not going away any time soon.

The system that matched No. 1 Southern Cal and No. 2 Oklahoma in Tuesday night's national championship Orange Bowl game but left out undefeated Auburn and Utah will again be tweaked in the offseason, coordinator Kevin Weiberg said.

But those hoping it would be scuttled in favor of a playoff will not get their wish.

"I really do not see an NFL-style playoff coming to college football any time soon," Weiberg told a group of college football writers Tuesday.

Weiberg, also commissioner of the Big 12 Conference, said the Bowl Championship Series will consider using a panel of college football experts, sort of like the NCAA basketball committee, to determine who plays for the national championship.

He also said a replacement for the Associated Press poll will be sought to help rank teams.

"I think we certainly need to take a look and see whether there are alternatives in terms of whether there is another poll that could perhaps be plugged into the spot that was there for the AP poll," he said.

The BCS has been in place since the 1998 season and gives the winners of the Pac-10, Big Ten, Big East, ACC, Big 12 and SEC spots in the Orange, Rose, Fiesta or Sugar bowls. Two at-large teams also are selected. Each year, one of those bowls is designated the national title game, and the top two teams meet to decide the champion.

But the system came under fire again this season when five teams went into the bowl season undefeated. USC and Oklahoma have held the top two spots in the polls all season. Auburn finished 13-0 after a Sugar Bowl victory Monday over Virginia Tech.

And there was more controversy when Texas passed California in the final BCS standings, allowing the Longhorns to get a lucrative spot in the Rose Bowl while the Bears had to settle for the Holiday Bowl. Several coaches who vote in the ESPN/USA Today poll moved Cal behind Texas, although their votes are not made public. Afterward, the AP decided it no longer wanted to be part of the process. This season the AP and ESPN/USA Today polls each counted one-third toward the standings. Six computer polls made up the other third.

"I don't believe that the coaches' poll and a combination of computers is sufficient," Weiberg said. "I think something else is going to have to happen there."

As for the controversy, Weiberg pointed out: "I think it's very important to remember, even though this is a very simple matter, (Tuesday night's) game would really not have been possible prior to the BCS. It's very likely without this structure we would have had these three teams (USC, Oklahoma, Auburn) spread across three different bowl games."

Weiberg said the BCS has an agreement with Fox Sports to televise BCS games through 2010, and ABC has a contract with the Rose Bowl through 2014.

After the 2006 season, the BCS will expand to five games, affording more opportunities to schools not in the main BCS conferences. In the new double-hosting model, the current four BCS games will be played, with a championship game about a week later at one of those sites.

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