Sorting Through The BCS Webs
I think a few of the reasons that College Football is my favorite sport is because in the regular season every game means so much. You can't take anyone lightly, especially your cross-town rival. The second reason is the controversy that surrounds the BCS. It's great to sit around and debate who is better, who got left out, and why this team deserved to get in the game over another.
I am not going to complain about Florida getting the nod over Michigan. Florida is a good team and played in probably the toughest conference from top to bottom, but if I had a vote that matter I would've voted Michigan over Florida. Not because I am a Big Ten homer, but because in my opinion if these two teams played head to head on a neutral field, I believe the Wolverines would come out on top.
What I do have a problem is when voters say they voted Florida over Michigan because "Michigan had their shot." That is a total BS way to think about it. As a voter you are suppose to vote (1-25) in order of who you think is best at that time. So if you honestly believe that Michigan is better but voted Florida over them, shame on you. No one is even talking about Louisville who lost on a last second FG on the road to a 10-2 team. These are all moot points now, but I will give you a few reason why I think Florida did come out #2 in the BCS.
Michigan has no one to blame but their very own conference. They have been sitting at home for two weeks now while the likes of Florida and USC played two games against quality opponents. We all realize it is a known fact that voters have a short memory. So they see Florida beat Florida State and Arkansas and are wowed by it, but they forget two weeks earlier how Michigan did against Ohio State (in Columbus), and how they voted the Wolverines #2. So Michigan fans, thank your favorite Big Ten Commissioner for ending the season before Thanksgiving.
Auburn is reason number two. You might ask how the heck do the Tigers play into this? Remember two years ago, there were 3 undefeated teams left and Auburn was the one left out of the BCS. Do you think the BCS wanted to leave out another team from one of the top 3 conferences in the nation? I think not. You know how fired up those southerners get. Speaking of fired up southerners, Urban Meyer took a page out of Mack Brown's book and started lobbying for his team. It's getting pretty sick to hear this stuff, especially now when we have the Governor of Louisiana getting in on BCS debate. Don't these people have better things to do? Here is something for everyone to ponder, I can bet you a lot of money that if USC would've beat UCLA, Michigan would've been ranked over Florida.
Anyway, I think we are set up with some good games. The Sugar Bowl is a game that interests me. I want to see how Notre Dame's offense deals with the speed of LSU's defense. I think it'll be a tough one for the Domers and if they lose this Bowl game they tie a record for most consecutive bowl game losses. In the Rose Bowl we have a lot of tradition there with USC and Michigan. Michigan will have a lot to prove in this game. It reminds me of the 2004 Rose Bowl between these two teams. The Trojan's were all pissed because they were left out of the BCS title game and put it to Michigan. Now it is the Wolverines' time to return the favor.
In the Fiesta Bowl, Oklahoma is in a no win situation. If the Sooners beat Boise State, no one will be impressed because they beat a mid-major. But if they lose, they'll never hear the end of it. I am interested to see how Ian Johnson runs on a BCS caliber team. Remember in 2004 it was Utah who really put a beating on Pitt in this very same Fiesta Bowl. Finally the Orange Bowl has the high powered Louisville offense against the most unlikely BCS team Wake Forest. This is probably the least attractive of the BCS games.
Since I love controversy I am hoping for a little more at the end of the year. My Big Wish was for Michigan to get in the title game, beat Ohio State. Then have Florida and Louisville win too. Since the Coaches have to go with Michigan, I was really curious to find out if the AP would do the same or crown someone else the champion. Something like this needs to happen to open the eyes to a playoff.
It is a little harder now that there is no rematch but if Florida wins, and Michigan and Louisville also win big, I could foresee a split. Because we all know, writers like to be different.