Friday, December 5, 2008

College Football-The Best Regular Season?

Every time you hear someone saying that the BCS is a good thing, the first thing always spouting from their lips as support for their absurd claim is "College Football has the best regular season of any sport. Period!" like it is some sort of scientific fact. But is it true?

I think not. In fact, you would be hard pressed to find a more irrelevant regular season in all of sport. And why do I find the regular season so irrelevant? Because the post-season defines it as such. There are currently 119 FBS Teams, and for how many of them does the actual post-season matter? Two. Dos. Are you going to tell me that the bowl games matter to anyone? Half of the teams are pissed off about the crappy bowls they got into and end up losing to inferior teams. How is this exciting? College Football is the only sport that says that the post season literally does not matter at all. They play all of those games for it to come down to 1 important game, usually with participants that are no more deserving to be in the game than a handful of other teams. (Just like this year.)

How does this make the regular season the best of any sport? The vast majority of the over 1400 games played each season mean absolutely nothing. Look at Boise State. They won all 12 games they played and what has it gotten them? An invitation to the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl! (In other words, to a big, steaming pile of horse shit.)

In FBS, there are 55 teams that are not in a BCS Conference. That means that no matter what, 46 percent of the whole of the FBS begins the season knowing that NO MATTER WHAT THEY DO they could NEVER play in a BCS title game. Utah could go undefeated for the next 5 years, and the pollsters would still NEVER put them in a BCS title game because of the conference they play in.

Every other sport knows that it is the post-season that defines true champions. I would argue that there has never been a legitimate college football champion in my life or perhaps in the history of NCAA Division 1 (FBS) football. Why? Because nothing has ever been concretely decided on the field.

Despite this, everyone loves College Football, including me. But can you imagine it if the powers that be decided to make the regular season matter and add a playoff system that eliminates the doubts that every BCS championship has led to? I mean, an 8 or 16 team playoff hardly cheapens the regular season, and adds weeks of exciting, good games for fans and players. Adding a playoff does not weaken the regular season, it gives it meaning and context, something that it currently lacks.

Shame on you, College Football. You limit yourself by choosing of your own free will to define the regular season as completely useless drivel. It's time for a change. It's time for common sense to rule.


Phil said...

Dude you suck, but I agree with you. Who cares about a regular season when teams would schedule high school teams if they could just to get more cash from a meaningless game at the end of the year. Who even checks the final ranking after the bowls anyway.Yea we were ranked 10th. Who gives a