Tuesday, December 04, 2007
I have to admit something. I'm not the biggest college football fan in the world. I think that it's importance and significance is vastly overrated. I mean, come on, whenever a Southerner thinks they are the best, it's never a good thing. But I do pay attention. Mainly because it's all that people here in Columbus know and want to talk about. Seriously, try talking NBA with anyone in a central Ohio bar, they'll look at you like you are trying to buy them a shot of AIDS. I just don't understand, though, the outcry from the national media for a college football playoff. It doesn't make sense to me. And that is why this week's Middle Finger goes to those who hate the BCS.
The purpose of the BCS is to get the two most deserving teams in the country to play for the championship. It's job is NOT to get the two best teams to play for it all. I will say that again, you have to EARN the right to play. Could it be argued that USC or Oklahoma is the best team in the land this year? Of course, they both won their conferences. But USC lost to Oregon and an abysmal Stanford and OU lost to an average Colorado team and a niche Texas Tech team. Done. Eliminated. They didn't earn the right to play for a championship. Kansas didn't even make it to the Big 12 title game. Georgia couldn't even beat the craptacular Phil Fulmer. Virginia Tech was used as Ti-go Bait down in Baton Rouge. Done. Eliminated. The BCS doesn't care about hurt feelings (it's true, Mark Richt, get over it), it's all about getting the two most deserving teams in the nation to play for it all.
Answer me this. With the exception of the year when USC was hosed (LSU/OU game) and Auburn was unfortunate enough to be the third undefeated team, when has the BCS not done it's job? A playoff isn't needed. It is cliche to say that "every week is a playoff" but it is true. Win all your games and you will be fine. Stumble and you're likely done. That's what makes college football interesting. A playoff would render the regular season not nearly as important as teams would be content to finish in the top 8 as opposed to the top 2. Are there 8 teams this year that deserve to be playing for a national title? I don't even think there is one team that deserves a shot at the crown. But someone has to. Go ahead and take a look at everyone's resume in the top 10. No, go ahead, I'll wait. What do you notice on teams 3-10 that you don't see on LSU and OSU? That's right, the glaring, head-scratching loss. A playoff system would only reward mediocrity. And unlike this blog, the BCS does not reward mediocrity.
To be honest, the best part about college football is the debate anyway. Say LSU wins it all, how heated will the exchanges be that Oklahoma and USC are better? Without the BCS doing their thing, the arguments are gone. And nobody likes that. How many hours have you spent with your buddies comparing and contrasting the merits of your team against a team in which you will never play? Countless, right? It's always a good time because nothing ever gets solved. It's one of the true great male mysteries, we argue knowing that our facts will not change anyone else's opinion, but we do it anyway. And that's what we lose if we get a playoff system...our ability to defend to the death a team in which we know nothing about just to tell an Ohio State fan that Jim Tressel eats goat placenta. I am all over the place right now, but I think you get my point.
So there. I've said my piece. I like the BCS. I want it to stay. Because if we do adopt a playoff system and have arguments decided on the field instead of a dingy bar, then what is left to talk about? The NBA??? Wait, maybe a playoff system isn't so bad.
And that's why this week's Middle Finger goes to BCS Haters...because you don't realize how much of a negative impact this would have on you.
I guess the pot is calling the kettle black because I am part of a 5 person Algonquin Bloggers Roundtable that takes an 8 team tournament and determines a winner through the written word. Props to my man over at Stiles Points for getting me involved. The tournament starts Thursday (OSU/Kansas, my outcome may shock you) but we've already decided on our Heisman winner and it's ready to be read.