I suppose Alabama is the best college football team in the country. Despite never playing against South Carolina or Georgia in its own conference, the SEC, or never playing in a game against a team from the Big 12, Pac-12, Big East, ACC or Mountain West.
I suppose.Alabama football coach Nick Saban holds the BCS National Championship trophy after his Tide beat LSU, 21-0, Monday night at the Superdome in New Orleans.I should do more than suppose that Alabama is the best college football team in the land, shouldn’t I. Listen, the Tide’s dominant defensive performance against LSU in the BCS Championship Game was convincing. And let’s also give credit to Alabama’s offense, which effectively moved the football.
LSU didn’t show up, but that’s not Alabama’s fault. The Tide did show and put on a clinic. Anyone who doesn’t want to include Nick Saban in a discussion of greatest college football coaches of all-time is missing the boat.
But, as is usually the case with the college football season, there is a sense of incompletion. Our tummies are still growling for one more game. Oklahoma State vs. Alabama.
We won’t see that one, of course, because the BCS has deemed the season to be over. A champion has been crowed. And Oklahoma State, because of its mysterious loss at Iowa State in November, has to be content to be second or third best, depending on your opinion.
Well, my opinion is that I’m not buying Alabama as a national champion. That’s how much I despise the BCS system, which has only added to my angst since it was introduced to supposedly be a better way of determining a national champion.
Anyone with sense knows there is only one way to determine a national champion – a playoff. But because of good ol’ boys in the corrupt bowl system and college presidents who talk out of both sides of their mouths, we do not have a playoff. And one is not on the horizon. I do sense some momentum building toward a plus-one postseason, which this season would have satisfied me to no end.
LSU-Stanford winner meets Alabama-Oklahoma State winner. You still might have ended up with an LSU-Alabama game for the national championship, but at least there would have been a mechanism for the teams to get there.
As is, a team that didn’t even win its own division in the SEC has won a national championship. Yes, that division, the SEC West, also included LSU. But the Tide was, you can argue, rewarded for its loss to the Tigers during the regular season because it kept them from playing in the SEC championship game.
This thing is so flawed that it’s difficult for me to write these words without punching through the keyboard. My fingers are pounding. My eyes are piercing. My heart rate is elevated. I need to calm down.
So what nonsense will the BCS throw our way next season? We can only wait and see. But there will be nonsense. There always is. College football’s love-hate relationship with American sports fans grows a little more hateful every year.