Saturday, December 6, 2008

Root for Mizzu and Florida today

If you are a true college football fan, you should be rooting for Missouri and Florida to win their conference championships today.

Missouri plays BCS No. 2 Oklahoma today in the Big 12 title game, while BCS No. 4 Florida plays No. 1 Alabama in the SEC championship. A win by Florida leaves all the contenders with a loss, forcing a complicated computer and pollsters formula to decide which two teams deserve a to play for the national championship.

I have written in this blog before that I want a playoff in the college football bowl subdivision. And later this month I will stage my fantasy college football tournament. For the health of college football, the BCS needs to be thrown in to chaos and put more pressure on the powers-that-be to create a playoff system.

Assuming the Tigers and Gators win today, it would give a lot of teams a claim to a title-game spot. And the arguments aren't as long-winded as you might think.
  • Florida should into the title game by knocking off the No. 1 team, and they likely would deserve a spot. But the loss to Ole Miss, at home no less, still weighs on me.
  • A Missouri win would knock Oklahoma out of the discussion. Texas, BCS No. 3, has one loss and beat Oklahoma in the regular season, but how can you put a team in the national championship game that couldn't win their conference division? Texas beat Oklahoma and Missouri during the regular season. That should count for something.
  • Texas Tech, BCS No. 7, also has a claim, because they beat Texas. But are you really going to put a run-and-shoot football team in the national championship after they gave up 60-plus points to Oklahoma?
  • USC, BCS No. 5, clinches the PAC 10 title today with a win over UCLA. The Trojans' only loss is to Oregon State on the road. But the lack of quality competition in the PAC 10 has kept them out in the past. It seems to me they would have a beef if they are kept out of the game.
  • Nobody believes Penn State, BCS No. 8, should be included in the national championship discussion because the Nitnany Lions didn't play anyone except Ohio State and Oregon State. I am a Big Ten fan, an Indiana alum, but rationally it's hard to say Penn State doesn't have a shot at the national championship. The lions beat Ohio State on the road and their only loss was to Iowa on the road on a last-second field goal. Florida's only loss was a home.
  • Utah and Boise State, BCS Nos. 6 and 9, respectively, are undefeated. If I root for those teams, I would feel a little cheated. They beat everyone on their schedule. Both are faulted by their lack of competition in conference. How do you solve that problem?

In this scenario, there are arguments against EVERY potential national champion. The key problem is the voters and computers are forced to make a decision. If they would settle it on the field with a tournament, the teams make the decision for them. There are no beefs, no politicking, no complaints about writers changing votes.

When will college football wake up? Institute a playoff.