The Eye of the Storm

The Eye of the Storm

by Gabe GilsonStaff Writer

With bowl season just over the horizon, the debates in college football have begun. Not only are these debates over who is the best team or who should win the Heisman Trophy, but they are also about a possible playoff system in college football.

College football these days is decided on a fraudulent computer system that knows nothing about the actual teams, players and coaches, but does know worthless knowledge like how much Texas Tech beat Texas by.

Yes, the system currently in place is better than what it was ten years ago, when the winner was decided by the Associated Press poll. Does this make it a perfect system or even the right system? Most would agree that answer would be no.

Without a doubt, the SEC and Big 12 conferences have had the strongest teams per conference this year. In all likelihood, the winners of each conference this year will play in the Bowl Championship Series national championship game. The two winners of these conferences may very well be the best teams in football, yet there is no way telling if that is true or not.

Every year since the current BCS system was put into place in 1998, there has been a team left out of the national title game that arguably had a strong enough resume to be playing for a national title. Too often, teams are left wondering why the “C” is not left out of BCS.

Last year, USC looked like the best team in the land when they destroyed Illinois, but they did not make the national championship game. In 2006, LSU looked like they could have been the best team in the country. In 2004, Auburn went undefeated in the SEC and still was not one of the two teams playing in the final.

There has been annual controversy regarding the current system with the exception of one year. In 2005 the Texas Longhorns, led by Vince Young, was the only undefeated team and went on to beat the almighty USC Trojans in possibly the best Rose Bowl ever played.

Take this year for instance. Alabama and Texas Tech are ranked one and two in every poll. Outside of the six major BCS conferences, there are three teams-Utah, Boise State and Ball State-that may be good enough to at least play for a BCS bowl. Unfortunately for them, if all three are still undefeated at the end of the season, because every BCS conference team gets an automatic bid into one of the five BCS bowl games, two of these teams will be left out.

Frankly, there are a few conferences like the Big East, ACC and Big Ten who really have not had a standout team that deserves a big game like these three teams do. While teams like Penn State, Ohio State, North Carolina and Pittsburgh are good, they are not undefeated. While Ball State may not play a schedule nearly as tough as Ohio State, they still have won every game they have played in.

With last year being the year of the upset, who knows what could possibly happen this year.

Maybe all the undefeated teams lose except for number one and two leaving Texas Tech and Alabama to play on Jan. 8 for all the marbles.

But maybe they don’t.

There is no reason the money-grubbing heads of the BCS should leave the determination of who’s the best team up to chance.

How many big-time sports writers have to write blogs and columns voicing their displeasure and voting for a playoff? Better yet, how many college students have to do the same, except on a smaller scale, before the best team in college football is clear to everybody in the nation? Let the displeasure begin.