Yes, lets go back to one of my loves, a quite ironic one for a UK citizen, college football, US style.
Saturday evening, care of ESPN, I had the privilege of seeing a half, and a drive, of one of the best games of college football that I’ve seen. Alabama at Auburn, if you get the chance to watch the highlights at some point. And to be honest, despite what I saw, I missed the most incredible moment of the whole game, the last play! Seriously, it must be somewhere on You Tube, go find it if you can.
So right, its 28-28, and seemingly the game is headed into overtime, as the clock reads 0:00 as the Alabama player runs out of play. But no, they check the play, he actually left the pitch with 1 second remaining. So they reset the clock, and the Alabama coach decides to send out his second string kicker, to try a very long (57 yards, if I remember right?) field goal, to win the game, instead of just taking overtime, and taking his chances there.
That leads to the ultimate facepalm moment. The kicker makes a valiant attempt, and the ball drops barely a yard short. But, and this is the big but, it falls into the arms of an Auburn player, and oh, the ball doesnt go dead when a field goal is missed. He then proceeds to run 109 yards, to the opposite end zone, and win the game for Auburn.
Given these teams are deadly rivals, and the game is in Auburn, the place erupts, almost literally. As I say, go hunt down the film, if you havent seen it already, of course.
But fine, now we get to the rant. The BCS rankings, which decide who gets to play for the National Championship. Seemingly this thing has a total fixation with unbeaten teams. So given Auburn lost one game earlier in the season, and Alabama lost this one, both are seemingly out of the running for the national title, short of an amazing event. Why, because Florida State (probably a merit team), and Ohio State (who probably arent) are both unbeaten this season, and therefore they get ranked the top 2. Seriously, this is the Ohio State team who only won last Saturday, against a relatively moderate side, because the coach had a brainstorm, and went for a 2 point conversion, rather than kicking the extra point, and taking it to overtime.
The snag being, that teams like Auburn, Alabama and Missouri, play in the SEC, probably the strongest league in the country, and take victories off each other, who would probably eat Ohio State for breakfast. We had this problem last year, Notre Dame went unbeaten on a relatively soft schedule, and Alabama destroyed them in the championship match, because they werent the second best team. Oh, and its not just the SEC, both the PAC-12, and the Big 12 have the same problem, of taking each other out, simply because they lose 1 game to a very good team.
In theory, this is the last year of this stupidity, as from next year, 4 teams will play off for the Championship instead. So why do I get this horrible feeling that stupidity may arise again.
So I just want to say this, to the fans of those 3 teams, and Oklahoma State, and whoever wins the PAC-12, you might not be in the championship, that doesnt mean you arent still the best, or second best at worst, thats all.
The video, well, the clue is in the title. I know, shock horror lol!