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Packers QB Rodgers rips BCS system


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Never shy about speaking his mind, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers had more than a few unkind words for the BCS college football system that he described as outdated and "a joke" during his Tuesday radio show on ESPN 540 in Milwaukee.

A standout at California during his college days, Rodgers was asked what he thought of football powerhouses like Georgia and Oklahoma getting passed up for the Orange Bowl for the relative minnow that is Northern Illinois, and he did not hold back.

"I love it because it just goes to show what a sham the BCS is," Rodgers told ESPN 540. "It's an absolute sham. They keep pushing off the date when they're going to do this playoff. It makes absolutely no sense. It's absolute baloney. It should be at least a 16-team playoff. Should have been for the last 10 or 15 years. It's a joke."

Rodgers played two Division I seasons at Cal from 2003-04. He led the Bears to an Insight Bowl win over Virginia Tech in 2003 and lost in the Holiday Bowl to Texas Tech in 2004.

"Have a definite winner," he went to went on to say Tuesday. "Every other sport (has one), including whatever they're calling Division II or III in the NCAA all have playoffs, so why wouldn't you have — in the system that could make the most money — why would you not have a playoff? It doesn't make any sense. I mean, in NCAA basketball, that's what everybody looks forward to. Everybody loves March Madness. You can't wait to watch because there is one definite winner. Just a lot of teams have a chance.

"Why don't you give Northern Illinois a chance? Even if you rank them a 16 seed and put them up against Notre Dame; 1 vs. 16, 2 vs. 15 and run down the line and see what happens. Then you can at least have one championship and still have the integrity of the bowl games. All the teams are done now and you have four weeks to play games. "

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