Of course, there ended up being a rematch, and we’re getting one in college football as well. The inevitability of LSU and Alabama meeting again set in a few weeks ago and not even a blowout by Oklahoma State at the buzzer could sway voters enough to break up the SEC’s stronghold on college football. I don’t have any doubt that the SEC is the best conference. I think you’d be foolish to argue otherwise, but have we gone too far? Do they get too much credit? Are the viewers victims of the SEC’s past success? If they hadn’t been dominating the BCS championship game for years, does this Alabama team hold steady at #2? I think about how much credit ‘Bama got for beating a blah Auburn team last week. People talked about that game like it was case closed, forget the rest of the season, rematch coming. But, OK State drubs a team that’s been top-5, top-10 all year, and it’s like, “Ehh, I’m not sold on the Big-12.”
I think this is the best argument against the current system we’ve ever seen. It’s because it accomplished exactly what it was supposed to accomplish and people still aren’t happy. LSU is clearly the #1 team, and Alabama might be the only team in the country that can beat them, but we’ve seen that game. If Alabama wins next month, and becomes National Champions, I don’t see how anyone could be satisfied with that outcome after the year LSU’s had and considering the weight the NCAA loves to put on the regular season. It all comes back to this partial playoff system, which is crippled by it’s own design. The foundation of any playoff is that you have to progress out of your division, conference, region–whatever it may be. There’s no guarantee that the last game will be the most difficult to win, but that’s what the NCAA wants. This is fine in theory, but they arrived at the final game in a flawed manner.
I said this before, but how about this example. What if the 1980 U.S. Hockey team had to play the Soviet Union again in the gold medal game. Ok, you beat them, but now instead of playing Finland–we’ve decided that the Soviets are the best team and you have to play them again. That’s total horsebleep. They’re trying to legislate out the possibility of an upset. If you’re going to have any bowls, any type of BCS system, you have to open the door for a lesser team to get the job done. And, in this case, it’s very debatable that Oklahoma State is really that inferior. They deserve their swing. They didn’t get to play LSU or ‘Bama during the regular season. And, you can’t argue that this is the game people want to see, simply because it’s 1 vs. 2. This is the game that people in Alabama want to see. Maybe SEC die-hards get some satisfaction out of this, but I imagine the rest of the country and even LSU fans would probably rather face the Cowboys.
In the spirit of the National Title Game Announcement, I did some research and found several other interesting facts about the BCS. Take a look…
1. The BCS suggests that Coke re-release their new white cans under the name “New Coke.”
2. The BCS has suggested Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond.
3. The BCS thinks the Phillies can change their approach with the same players.
4. The BCS was in charge of all New York Yankee managerial hires in the 1980s.
5. The BCS has already green-lit “Too Fast Too Furious 2”
6. The BCS thinks Juan Castillo should be hired as the Eagles Offensive Line Coach.
7. The BCS thinks Kurt Warner would look great in Chicago.
8. The BCS is sending you the same Christmas card it sent you last year.
9. The BCS’ favorite meal is “leftovers.”
10. The BCS plays golf with unlimited mulligans.
11. The BCS always votes for the incumbent.
12. The BCS is hoping for a Packers/Steelers Super Bowl
13. The BCS thinks the sequel is always better than the original.
14. The Philadelphia Flyers employ the BCS as their goalie coach.
15. The BCS thinks the 2nd best pitcher in MLB is whoever is standing next to Justin Verlander.