The National Pulse:
It’s hard to believe, but the 2012 college football regular season is winding down. Only 2-3 more weeks to go until the season is over, conference titles have been awarded, and bowl games have been set. Even though time is running out, there is still a lot of intrigue left in many of the conference races. Many teams still have a game or two that could change the landscape of their season and in the conference they play.
As the season draws to a close, the hot topic is who deserves to play in the BCS title game? Most would agree that if Kansas State and Oregon win out, they are the likely to be the teams to battle it out for the title. However, if either one of those slips, Notre Dame looks like they are ready to pounce on a title shot. Some, though, still want to put Alabama in the title game, seeing as they are still considered the cream of the crop in the SEC (Georgia may have something to say about that though). I read a tweet last night that said a Vegas site still would have Alabama favored over any team in the nation on a neutral site, including Oregon where the Crimson Tide would be a 1-point favorite.
While we wait for the new college playoff format to be implemented in 2014, we still must discuss the merits and drawbacks of all the teams and hope that the BCS formula, the Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is not enamored with, gets it right.
My assertion is this, if you don’t win your conference, then you are ineligible to win the national title, PERIOD! Yes, I know that would eliminate the Georgia-Alabama loser as well as Kansas State, if they somehow don’t manage to hold onto the Big 12 lead, and Oregon if they were to lose the Pac-12 title. My reasoning is simple…if you aren;t good enough to win the league you are in, how can you be the best team in college football?!?! For you Notre Dame fans that say you aren;t in a conference, I would add a stipulation that says if you are an independent, you can still play in and win the national title if you have a pre-season strength of schedule rating of ‘x’ and you are ranked in the top-2 at the regular season’s end. I would certainly say that if Notre Dame finished unbeaten this year, they would have met me qualifications and should definitely be included in national title talk.
What my rule would eliminate though is teams like Alabama from last year, somehow getting into the title game against LSU, when they didn’t even win the SEC title, in fact, they didn’t even play for it! Whether the Tide eventually beat the Tigers on a neutral field someone dubbed the “BCS Title Game” is irrelevant. When Alabama had their chance to beat LSU last year they lost. End of story! How do they get a second bite at the apple, win the game, and now they are somehow more superior than a team they lost to, just doesn’t jive with me. I don’t hear any talk coming out of Baton Rouge that says we should play Alabama again this year, just to see who’s better. Why not? Because LSU had their shot, and they came up just short. That’s they way the cookie crumbles in life. The fact that Alabama got a pass, and could not only play for the title, but also win it, to me, is a travesty in college football.
Hopefully with the new playoff system coming on-line in 2014, we can eventually get things right and have the “best team” in college football, actually be that – the best team!