For those of you out there who watched any of the *cough* "national championship" last night....Was it just me or did it seem like the announcers had a gun to their heads, as if they ever mentioned the word "playoff," they would be ejected from their booth. They essentially spent 4 hours trying to convince the audience over and over that they were watching the correct matchup. One of my favorite parts was when they said that USC was the clear #1 because: we all know (do we??) how much better Oklahoma is than Auburn, and USC is crushing Oklahoma.
I'm not going to say that I know how a bowl feels to fans and to the players. I'm from the Northeast, like many of you, where we believe that college football is mostly an afterthought to the NFL, and that the NCAA Tournament for college basketball is the far and away #1 college sporting event to watch. That being said, if there was a college football tournament/playoff, I'd watch it.
The BCS is simply a joke at this point, especially now that the AP is pulling out of it because being in the BCS "undermines its integrity" and coaches clearly used politics and traded votes and favors to get certain teams put ahead of others. You can't tell me that Auburn, who went undefeated, beat top 10 teams 4 times during the season, beat the defending national champs, LSU, won a very tough conference and then beat another top conference's champion doesn't even deserve a shot because the arbitrary BCS says so?? Or that Utah--who we all know that the BCS was hoping would be killed by Pittsburgh saving the BCS people embarassment over degrading Utah by putting them against Pitt--who also went undefeated and then killed their bowl opponent, doesn't deserve a shot against the big boys? Oh, and those voters who voted Oklahoma over Utah this morning (most of them): shame on you. This good ol' boy system needs to end immediately to give the fans what they ask for overwhelmingly in just about every straw poll out there.
Have a playoff or don't bother talking in terms of undisputed national champions.