Alabama Wins Mythical National Championship and Other College Football Rants
The University of Alabama football team won the B.C.S. National Championship* or what I like to refer to as the mythical national championship for N.C.A.A. football. Alabama beat an over rated University of Texas team 37-21 last night without having the opportunity of playing the only other undefeated team in the country, Boise State University.
Alabama is certainly deserving of mention as one of the top teams in the country, but without a playoff system there will always be doubt as to whether or not Alabama is truly the undisputed number one team in America. Especially when Boise State University (W.A.C. champion) was shut out, again, from the alleged national championship game after finishing undefeated and beating another under rated and undefeated Texas Christian University (M.W.C.) team in the Fiesta Bowl 17-10.
There is plenty of arguments in favor of Alabama being the ‘undisputed’ national champion, but without a playoff, there will always be arguments against them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not knocking Alabama, I’m knocking the process of picking a national champion.
My other rant involves the emasculated Big East football conference. After the departure of the University of Miami, Boston College, and Virginia Tech, the Big East became nothing more than a glorified basketball conference that happened to be playing football. Remember that the Big East football conference was formed when Miami was invited and accepted entrance into the conference. Without Miami, the Big East is only a great basketball conference.
So why do they still receive an automatic B.C.S. bid? Big East champion undefeated University of Cincinnati was literally destroyed by the University of Florida. Yes, Florida is most likely the second best team in the nation after Alabama, but they annihilated Cincinnati 54-24.
Face it, the Big East needs to have their bid removed. That or the Western Athletic Conference (W.A.C.) and the Mountain West Conference (M.W.C.) should get automatic bids as well.
Of course all of this can be resolved with a playoff.
* B.C.S. = Bowl Championship Series. A coalition of Bowl games and American college football conferences that crowns a champion based on arbitrary rankings. Also known as the unofficial national champion of the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.
Update I: Craig James and Kirk Bohls Associated Press votes drop Boise State University to # 4 in the polls? Mr. Craig James voted them # 7 overall. Why?