Sunday, January 4, 2009

College Football Madness

Why does it seem like this happens every year?

We have seen, once again, a team come into bowl season undefeated, and they are not given a shot at a national title. This year, we saw the Utah Utes go and "shock the world" by beating the Alabama Crimson Tide 31-17 in the Sugar Bowl. They outscored a team in Alabama that was ranked #1 in the country for five weeks this season 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.

So the Utes have finished the season a perfect 13-0, but will most likely not be in the top three in the final rankings, as Florida and Oklahoma will most likely be one and two, and computer favorite USC will probably take the final spot in the top three. The Utes have a chance to be in the top five, as Texas will most likely take the number four spot with a win over big-game-choke-artist Ohio State.

There was much discussion heading into this post-season about whether the undefeated teams of Boise State and Utah should deserve a shot at a national title. I feel that the teams with the best overall record should deserve a shot at the national title. Utah is honestly lucky that they got to show what they can do and beat a championship contender in Alabama.

I feel that keeping this BCS system as the means of deciding who gets to play for the National Championship is just a poor idea, as it narrows down a list of contestants that is not just two or three schools. I feel it could be used to determine the seedings for a playoff, that would truly allow the teams like Utah, or Boise State, to show what they can do against these powerhouses of Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, and Alabama.

It would also give each team more to play for, as not only would they get the chance to face these vaunted foes but they also get closer to a national title in the process.

The National Championship is supposed to go to THE BEST team in the country, and a playoff is the only way we can truly see who THE BEST team in the country truly is. Congratulations
Utes on a perfect season, too bad that a team with one loss will be crowned the National Champion.

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