Thursday, October 05, 2006

Eye of the tiger

Tommy Tuberville and I are on the same page.


Seriously, though, he's absolutely right. Until there is a playoff, the SEC stands no chance at winning consistent national championships. Auburn could very easily go undefeated this year and go home empty-handed. Again. And as much as I pity Auburn in other areas - plumbing, electricity, multiple personality disorder - I may feel even more compassion if that were to happen. If you go through LSU, Florida, Georgia and Alabama and come out with zero losses - well, let's just say that's more impressive than USC facing off against division foes Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State and UCLA.

College football works almost flawlessly as a tradition, but it is has a ways to go as an actual sport. Sadly, it will continue to as long as the Michael Adamses of the world are in charge. A simple 8-team playoff would rectify its most glaring omission, though: the lack of a legitimate ending.

How telling is it that when the BCS actually works, it's a surprise? And even then, when a non-controversial champion is determined, the bowl system is still nothing but a series of overblown scrimmages. I should have been devasted when West Virginia squeaked by Georgia in last year's Sugar Bowl, but I wasn't. Because it didn't matter.

Dammit, Tuberville is right. And yes, I just died a little bit admitting that.


Sarah said...

You're right, but until the schools can profit as much from a playoff system as they do from bowl system, nothing is going tho change.

Mark said...

I prefer a four-team playoff. That would only require one more game at the end of the season. It's not right for the SEC to get shut out of a chance at the title.

Josh said...

Who cares, though, about a couple extra games for the eight teams? If the school doesn't want the two extra games - and all the money that will surely come with them - they can feel free to turn it down.

School presidents make it sound like, "Oh woe is us, all college players having to concentrate on football for two more weeks!" Only eight schools will have to concentrate an extra week, only FOUR schools will have to concentrate for two weeks, and only TWO schools will have to concentrate for three weeks. And I don't think they'll mind.

Sarah said...

Nobody seems to be concerned about the football players in Div. I-AA on down missing class for the playoffs. This is also why I'm all for players in any sport leaving college early for the pros. Take the money before you get hurt. Quit trying to live up to the tradition of the "student-athlete."

Doug said...

I agree with Tuberville that there needs to be at least a four-team playoff and that the current BCS formulas are ridiculous, but his argument that an SEC team can't make the national-title game without a playoff is retarded.

Here are the teams that have won national titles since the BCS was implemented, and the conferences they came from:

1998: Tennessee (SEC)
1999: Florida State (ACC)
2000: Oklahoma (Big XII)
2001: Miami (Big East)
2002: Ohio State (Big 10)
2003: LSU (SEC)/Southern Cal (Pac-10)
2004: Southern Cal (Pac-10)
2005: Texas (Big XII)

So each of the BCS conferences have won at least one title. And the SEC is one of the three lucky conferences that has somehow managed to win two. So what the fuck is Tubbs complaining about?

Yeah, I want the impenetrable, decimal-obsessed BCS done away with post haste, but I really wish we could find a better spokesman for the cause than someone whose sole motivation is an ongoing grudge over the fact that the only people to recognize his so-called national title in 2004 was The Eufaula Tribune. I don't know, maybe I'm just more sensitive to this stuff because I live in Alabama and I'm surrounded by these people, but still, Tubbs needs to spend less time whining and more time figuring out how not to nearly get taken to overtime by the Gamecocks.

Josh said...

One and a half.

Which is what is precisely wrong with this whole system.