With Arkansas’ defeat of No. 1 LSU on Friday, this wacky and unpredictable 2007 season of college football keeps rolling.
After the Razorbacks finished running over LSU’s vaunted defense, the Tigers were left with sickness in their stomachs and thoughts that undoubtedly wandered over their two blown chances this year of finishing the year as the No. 1 team in the country. This was indeed the Tigers’ second loss as the No. 1 team in the polls; the first coming against Kentucky and another Heisman candidate (Andre’ Woodson).
Upon completion of today’s No. 2 Kansas (11-0) vs. No. 4 Missouri (10-1) showdown, a fourth No. 1 team will have climbed atop the pile of NCAA division one football with that team most likely being the winner of the aforementioned showdown. Not since 1997 have there been four different number one teams in the same season. This year, there might as well have been five as LSU was given two cracks at the crown.
Prior to this year in college football, every season since the BCS was installed holiday time brought out heated debate concentrated not on whether or not to replace the BCS; rather on how and when. Sports brings out the most passionate opinions and ardent supporters of any genre of topics; its only rivals being religion and politics perhaps. And that’s what’s great about sports. The fact that there are so many people who hold such a wide array of beliefs and opinions and are so passionate about them. The problem is, the radicals that think they’re right are almost always wrong and that is hardly anymore clear than with this season of college football coming to a close.
The Bowl Championship Series (BCS), is the best system for determining a champion in college football, period. college football is simply too hard to predict, with a vast amount of teams and all kinds of various commitments that it is legally bound to fulfill. And you know what? The BCS is a simple formula that gives us — the college football fans — as great of an outcome as any of us can truly hope for. A playoff system leaves to many questions and too many problems.
How many teams do you include and which ones and by what method are they chosen? The extra games are taxing on the student-athletes, emphasis on student. We all have to remember that these players are most importantly students and have requirements that go beyond the football field. Not only that, but most of these teams are already playing 13 games in a season, how many more can they physically take on without breaking down as a team? It’s just not feasible.
The best playoff system has always been there, it remains there still. That system is called a schedule. And as everyone of the 126 division one programs goes through an 11-13 game schedule, things work themselves out.
This year has shown that every team gets their opportunity, some even two. If you play a competitive schedule in a solid conference and you win your games, then good things will happen for you. If not, then you have no one — or system — to blame but yourself. The BCS works, and hopefully now, all of the criticism can end.