What a day. What a day. The top two teams go down for the first time since 2007 and the venerable Notre Dame Fighting Irish go into next week knowing if they beat the USC Trojans, who may be without star quarterback Matt Barkley, they will play in the national championship.
Everyone will be talking about tonight’s action at the water cooler this week but how on earth does this justify the BCS? All I read on Twitter and Facebook, after the Stanford Cardinal‘s Jordan Williamson drilled the 37-yard field goal through the uprights, is how today proves the system works. What a crock of crap.
If “every game mattered” then why are the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Georgia Bulldogs back in the national championship discussion? They should be out in the cold! I’m not trying to dump on college football as whole because you have to embrace what happened today, however enough is enough. The BCS backers need to find another talking point to justify their argument to the masses.
Those who support a playoff actually have might more ammunition after today. A playoff would bring teams like the Florida State Seminoles and Louisville Cardinals back into the discussion. Each has just one loss and they would now be fighting for the last spots in say an 8 team playoff.
Two years ago, I decided to stop being bitter about the BCS. I realized I didn’t have sole control over the system and change would take time. Therefore, I immensely enjoyed today (at least the night action) and am a bit torn on my pro-playoff stance to be honest. However, using what should be a joyous moment for college football as a way to get across quick and inaccurate debate points is shameful. Just enjoy the action and debate what’s going forward ON THE FIELD. Leave the rest for the long and hard off-season.
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