The BCS, which was supposed to resolve the issue of determining the mythical “national champion” of college football, and at the same time preserve the hegemony of the myriad of bowl games that have popped up once again created a mess, and left a bad taste in the mouths of college football fans everywhere. For football purists, such as myself, the BCS is a completely unsatisfying experience when it comes to determining which team actually is the best one in the country at the end of it all. BCS theory is to put data into computer systems, including a lot of subjective personal preference interjected by sports media, and use that along with mythical elements of strength of schedule, to determine who deserves to play in “the game” in which the winner receives the BCS trophy, designating them as the BCS “Champion” and allowing them to print T-shirts declaring them to be the mythical “National Champions.”
If you’ve read much of anything I’ve written on this subject, you know that I’ve never put much stock in the declarations of the BCS for quite some time now, in fact, not since they separated the “title” game out from the four big money grubbing bowls who came up with the idea in the first place. Once again, I do not believe that merely winning the alleged “title game” represents who is actually the best team in the country. So here’s my version of who’s who and why. If you’re an Alabama fan, just move on. You won’t like this, but it’s my blog and I’m having my say.
1. Ohio State. The Buckeyes did what no other major college team did this season. They went through their entire 12 game schedule unbeaten. A bowl is just one more game.
2. Oregon. Just out of principle, Oregon’s lone loss was to Stanford, a better two loss team than Texas A&M. The Ducks should have been ranked ahead of Alabama, but they don’t have as many friends among the sportswriters who vote in the polls.
3. Stanford. It’s not just the wins or losses, it’s the quality of the opponent, and how you carry yourself after you lose. Stanford proved themselves to be a better team after each of their losses.
4. Texas A&M. Head to head, they were better than Alabama, especially at the end of the season. Watch out, this is the new SEC and the new team to beat.
5. Alabama. Credit where credit is due, they did beat Georgia in the conference final, and Notre Dame in the BCS. None of their other opponents are worth mentioning.
6. Louisville. This was a team that got better as the season went on, too, and proved it in a bowl game they might not have even been invited to play had it not been for those BCS conference agreements.
7. Notre Dame. One loss to Alabama should drop you from one to seven, as one loss at Alabama should have done to them when it happened.
8. Florida State. It wasn’t their fault that the BCS rules matched them up against the MAC.
9. Northwestern. They got better with each game, and turned an SEC team upside down in winning their first bowl game since 1949.
10. (tie) Georgia, Baylor. Georgia, maybe. Baylor because it matters where you are and what you do at the end of the season more than it matters what happened at the beginning. I think Baylor would have given anyone a hard time the way they were playing toward the end of the season.