chapter  10
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Assessing the Existential Validity of the Bowl Championship Series Rankings

ByThomas J. Reynolds

The preoccupation of the number 1-ness in America is perhaps best evidenced in the competitive arena of athletics. Starting as preschoolers, America’s youth are conditioned that there must be a champion for the athletic season to be complete. From a cultural perspective, championships are simply seen as the universal goals to which we all should strive. Winning the championship defines a successful season.