Defending the BCS: Life Isn’t Always Fair

Don’t chalk me down as one of the several hundred thousand bloggers and college football fans who have a problem with the BCS. It is what it is and things aren’t going to change until oil magnates like T. Boone Pickens start clamoring for greater equality because their beloved Oklahoma St. Cowpokes got screwed out of a chance to play for the national championship this season.  Until then, you will continue to allow the Tostitos and Allstates of the world to both ruin your New Year and any chance of a 6 team playoff that would finally legitimize the college football postseason.

Here’s an uncompromising preview of the BCS bowl games. Game picks to come later, except for the Orange Bowl. Clemson/WVU doesn’t deserve any extra attention.

Rose Bowl: No. 5 Oregon vs No. 10 Wisconsin – Oregon’s offense could score on the ’86 Bears while Wisconsin looked a step slow against a very pedestrian Michigan State attack led by Kirk Cousins who, coincidentally, just completed his 10th season under center for the Spartans. As a Badger fan, my only hope for success in Pasadena would seem to be if the Ducks show up entirely consumed by their Nike “swag”. For the final time, yes Brett Musburger we understand that Phil Knight is from Eugene and donates an unhealthy amount of money to the football program. And yes, Oregon’s “hypercolor” yellow into green 3D uniforms are a beauty to behold.

Fiesta Bowl: No. 3 Oklahoma State vs No. 4 Stanford – My favorite part about Bedlam 2011 occurred during the pregame introductions when Okla St. honored Justin Blackmon along with other Cowboy seniors. The only problem, Blackmon is a junior. I guess the good, kind folks of Stillwater aren’t too confident their star receiver is going to return for his “real” senior season next year. As for Stanford, tough to imagine many undergrads bypassing their Organic Chemistry lab for a trip down to the desert. Perhaps they should look at a trip to Glendale as field research. I’m sure there are any number of gullible Environmental Science TA’s in Palo Alto who would be willing to cancel classes if they knew about the abundance of Saguaro Cactus Flowers in the greater Phoenix area.

Sugar Bowl: No. 11 Virginia Tech vs No 13 Michigan – Why won’t Brady Hoke wear a headset? According to Mike Francesa, college coaches that don’t wear headsets aren’t really coaching. Of course, Big Mike was really referring to Joe Paterno who, in fairness, has overlooked much much more than just game planning these past few years in Happy Valley. For Va. Tech, you definitely don’t deserve to go to a BCS Bowl, especially after losing to Clemson for the second time this season. But, the Hokies “travel well” which I guess stands for something for bowl organizers whose primary objective is to make money not put together the most compelling, competitive matchup.

Orange Bowl: No. 15 Clemson vs No. 23 West Virginia – Holy crap, I wouldn’t watch this game even if I were related to Jerry West.

BCS Championship Game: No 1. LSU vs No. 2 Alabama – The winner of this game should take on the loser of Indianapolis Colts vs Jacksonville Jaguars to prove once and for all that the top of SEC is just as good as the very very bottom of the NFL.

view from EverBank Field courtesy of @meghanmilissa

College Football: Who needs a playoff system?

For those of you on the East Coast who stayed up to watch the entire game last night, congratulations.  You probably won’t forget what you witnessed  for some time. Nevada’s early morning 34-31 overtime victory over #4 ranked Boise State is an example of why college football does not need a playoff system.  It already has one, it’s called the regular season.  Every single game carries such enormous weight that by adding a playoff to the end of the season, games like last night are not as important.

This morning, Boise State is out of the BCS picture and most likely headed out of the top ten.  What makes college football so special is that every game comes with consequences, good and bad, for the teams and their fans.   The current system is the reason why we watch a 10:26pm start between two WAC teams the day after Thanksgiving. This was the biggest game in both programs’ history.

I’m sure fans in Idaho disagree with my position this morning.  What about the rest of you?  Is Boise still deserving of a BCS bid?  Is everyone else out there clamoring for a college football playoff? Now is the time to share your views.

College Football: The 12th Man is a Living, Breathing Human Entity

Last night saw me watching a lot of Big 12 football: Baylor v. Oklahoma, Missouri at Iowa State, and finally a nice upset of Nebraska by Texas A&M at the home of the 12th man!

More interestingly perhaps, I was parked in front of the TV next to a genuine, Oklahoma raised, Oklahoma State alumnus. His passion for the game, and knowledge of opponents players was impressive. I realized that in so many parts of the country, college conferences are the sports leagues to follow.

With all the shake-ups and teams departing for greener, wealthier pastures, I wonder how fans with a more passionate engagement to their local NCAA football conference are handling the change. The adoption of the BCS, and the creation of a National Championship game opened the door for these reorganizations. Bowl games have lost significance through constant expansion and teams fighting for more revenue and greater exposure. It is not particularly interesting to me to see two .500 teams fighting it out on December 29th in the “Eukanuba Puppy Bowl”.

So, the question remains, keep the BCS or abandon the current model for a national playoff?  Share your views.

View of the Day: October 30, 2010

It’s always sunny in Southern California! Even though USC lost 53-32 to Oregon last night, fans at the Coliseum were treated to another spectacular fall afternoon in LA.  My brother in law Charlie, a transplant from the Northeast, sent in this pic from the game last night and said that the Trojans “teased” their fans with a strong start to the second half.  In the end, the game wasn’t really that close thanks to the mighty Oregon Duck offense.  With two more unbeaten teams falling yesterday (Michigan St/Missouri) my Alabama/Oregon BCS Championship prediction from two weeks ago is looking better and better.

College Football: Saturday Night Has Not Been Good to No.1’s

First Alabama falls at South Carolina. Then Wisconsin take care of Ohio State.  And now, this evening in Columbia, the Missouri Tigers defeated current BCS #1 Oklahom.  So who really wants to be #1 right now anyway? When the polls come out tomorrow, Auburn and Oregon will be the top two teams in the country followed closely by Boise State, TCU, Michigan State, and Mizzou.  Look out for Alabama however because if the Crimson Tide beat Auburn on the last game of the regular season, and Oregon goes undefeated in the Pac 10, we very well could be looking at Bama/Oregon for the BCS Championship.  And this matchup could occur at the expense of an undefeated Boise St, TCU, and Michigan State.  Playoffs anyone?