LSU-Alabama offers the most logical matchup for the
national championship despite the system’s flaws
by Steven Slivka
Prior to the announcement of the bowl games, an LSU-Alabama rematch was no surprise to me.
It’s the two best teams in the country from the toughest conference in the country. Their matchup last month was arguably the greatest (and most boring) game of the college football season. You see, with the BCS, and for any professional business for that matter, it’s all about the money. It’s a fairly simple formula: Popular teams with historical background plus other notable team with historical background equals national championship game.
Hence, LSU and Alabama are the perfect match.
There’s a reason Boise State will never be in the national championship game. Unless an ungodly string of events occur where several power house schools fall throughout the season, teams in smaller conferences will never get the respect or chance they deserve.
It’s really not fair to them. They have no control over the strength of their conference. Or do they?
It was rumored that the Broncos were heading to the Big East right after they decided to join the Mountain West Conference. Their motive? An automatic BCS bowl bid.
Despite the outstanding season BSU had once again, they’ll face Arizona State in the MAACO Bowl Las Vegas. After an 11-1 season and a tough loss to a highly-ranked TCU team, the Broncos fell so far off the map that they have to face a middle-of-the-pack Pac-12 school.
But this is nothing new.
There’s a reason that solid, mid-major schools will never be privileged enough to be in the national championship game. Schools like Boise State, Houston and Baylor, despite their phenomenal records, will never be able to revel in national championship glory.
And the reason is simple: They’re just not that sexy.
The country would much rather see an Alabama-LSU matchup that’s got history (and money) on its side. Despite TCU demolishing Wisconsin in last season’s Rose Bowl. TCU was clearly the better team, even though they represented the MWC while the Badgers were part of the powerhouse Big Ten.
Even with Alabama and Oklahoma State having one loss apiece, and Stanford being in the mix, the BCS is going to go where the most money is to be made. And they’ll give you a ridiculous excuse as to why it is the way it is.
But luckily I was born with common sense.
Over the years, I’ve seen the greedy motives of the NCAA and its crooked relationship with the BCS. It truly is politics at its finest. Who cares that West Virginia won the Big East? They went 9-3, finished as the No. 23 school in the country while teams like Arkansas, Kansas State and Michigan finished with higher rankings and better records in much tougher conferences didn’t receive BCS bowl invites.
If somebody could tell me how that’s not ridiculously flawed I would love to know.
But as much crap as I give the BCS and its narcissistic ways, I think they got the National Championship right. Every year, the National Championship is debated and the potential hope for a playoff is dashed along as the next year passes. There are always going to be those who call for a playoff system, but with 120 schools in the FBS there is never going to be a logical reason as how that’s going to happen.
And based on the LSU-Alabama game from last month, all it proved was that LSU had the better kicker. And that’s not a good enough ending for me.
Jan. 9 will feature hard-hitting, old school, smash-mouth, SEC football. It might not be the matchup people want to see, but the people over at Nielsen will be licking their chops.
Because Alabama-LSU will bring in way more money than Boise State-Clemson.
And that is why sports and politics go together like lamb and tuna fish; or spaghetti and meatballs if you’d be more comfortable with that analogy.
Once again, voters get the bowl games wrong,
calling even more for a playoff system
by Danny Webster
It’s that time of the year again: Where college football fans want to avoid the chaos, but they can’t. It’s time for bowl season and it’s time to debate on the selections made by the BCS.
You can count me as one of the many people who ponder what in the world the voters were thinking when they were choosing the ample amounts of bowl games that don’t mean a lick whatsoever.
As it does every year when it comes to the BCS, there’s some controversy on who should play who and in what bowl game. This year was no exception when the voters, who I bet have never seen a single game of college football in their lives, decided to put together a rematch between SEC Champion and No. 1-ranked LSU and No. 2 Alabama for the National Championship.
If a spectator’s words weren’t powerful before in making a case for a
playoff system, this is the proverbial red flag.
LSU already defeated Alabama in Tuscaloosa this season and now the Crimson Tide get another shot against the Tigers, this time for the so-called biggest prize in all of college football? C’mon, man!
The fact that the SEC, regardless of who wins, is still the power-conference in college football mind boggles me.
Don’t get me wrong. I like the idea of seeing Oklahoma State and Stanford playing in the Fiesta Bowl. I think the battle between Andrew Luck’s Cardinal and Justin Blackmon’s Cowboys could be an epic clash.
But it shouldn’t have come to this.
Every sarcastic sports reporter in the country said that Oklahoma State had to defeat Oklahoma on Saturday by at least 40 points. Well, they were up by 41 with about two minutes left in the game.
Why don’t the Cowboys get a shot to prove they’re the best team in the country? Because the BCS is all about money and greed. Case-in-point, look at Virginia Tech, who will play Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.
The Hokies get annihilated by Clemson in the ACC Championship, don’t beat a top 25 team the entire year and they get the spot over a team like Boise State, who defeated SEC runner-up Georgia this year.
Sugar Bowl CEO Paul Hoolahan said that the proven history of bringing VA Tech fans to New Orleans was an important decision, rather than playing in the Orange Bowl for numerous years.
Yeah, and bringing a team like Boise State or Kansas State to New Orleans doesn’t matter to you, so you proceed to crash their dreams.
The BCS only cares about ratings. They don’t care about what teams get snubbed for all of the hard work they did throughout the season.
But if you look through the bowl schedule in its entirety, what purpose do these bowl games really possess?
I think it’s bad enough that Clemson and West Virginia are going to bring extreme boredom to the Orange Bowl, one of the most prestigious bowl games in the history. But who on God’s green earth would want to watch the GoDaddy.com between Northern Illinois and Arkansas State? Besides Steven Slivka, of course.
But here’s the point: There’s only one purpose these bowl games present to the table: To make the football programs that don’t have the prestige of an annual BCS team feel more better about themselves.
This is exactly why we need a playoff, eliminating the meaningless games that we are forced to hear about for the next month or so.
I want to know who would be the true National Champion, but we’ll never know because the ample amounts of greed that the BCS gains year in and year out kill that possibility.
Congratulations BCS, you’ve screwed up once again and have put money before who really deserves the title of National Champion. for the National Championship.