The Sad State of College Football
The current college football season is now four weeks old, and in spite of the fact that most teams still have eight more regular season games to play (in a sport that used to limit teams’ games to 9 or 10 for many years), most pigskin pundits have already placed Alabama and Ohio State in the ersatz National Championship Game.
And it’s still only September.
So here’s a quickie quiz for you --- what do the following sixteen teams all have in common:
Boise State, TCU, Oregon, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Florida, Wisconsin, Utah, Arizona, LSU, USC, Stanford, Auburn, West Virginia, Michigan State, and even Michigan?
They are all undefeated and, presumably, will have some say over who wins the beauty pageant/popularity contest that passes for picking the finalists in college football.
And yet you wouldn’t know there was a single other team worthy of championship consideration based on all the cheap talk we’ve been bombarded with so far.
How’s about we let the games play out, marvel at the inevitable upsets, and have teams earn their way to the top, rather than assume the unassumable?
No need for me to risk a fifteen-yard penalty for piling on by going into yet another lengthy diatribe against the insanity, unfairness and hypocrisy of the BCS in how they and the NCAA determine who plays for the championship.
How about we all stifle the speculation and enjoy the spectacle every Saturday that is college football, perhaps the one sport where each game’s outcome truly counts for something.
While we all hope that sometime soon the Powers That Be come to their senses and treat this sport like every other NCAA sport --- by having a Selection Committee (not some computer geeks with neither football acumen nor interest) place teams in a playoff so that more than the poll-driven top two teams get to compete for the championship.
My solution --- The first place teams from the six major conferences (ACC, Big East, Big Ten, Big Twelve, SEC, and Pac-Ten) qualify, along with the two next-best teams (as determined by the Selection Committee).
Play the Quarter-Finals on New Years Eve and Day, as the Sugar, Orange, Fiesta and Rose Bowls. (Would it be too much to ask to have the Big Ten and Pac-Ten –both to soon have twelve members – play in the Rose Bowl Game?)
Winners advance to the Semi’s a week later, on a Saturday, at neutral, indoor, centrally located sites, such as Detroit, Minnesota, Indianapolis, and St. Louis.
Then hold the Finals a week later at the Cowboys’ new mega-stadium in Dallas.
Three extra games is all we’re talking about --- early in January when many colleges aren’t in session yet (not that missing classes seems to matter at all to the NCAA when it comes to March Madness).
THEN we’d have a true National Champion, not to mention a sporting spectacle of epic proportions.
There’s no question about it.