Blog Entry

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

Posted on: January 12, 2011 3:02 pm

The right team won the BCS title game. Make no mistake about that. Auburn was, in my opinion anyway, the better team and the title game ended with Auburn ahead of Oregon. So the right team won.

And the game was close. The fourth quarter was exciting. The Oregon touchdown and two-point conversion, Michael Dyer's rolling run, the replay review of the touchdown that wasn't, then the field goal on the last play? Beautiful. Thrilling.

So the right team won a game that was close. And still I'm complaining about the 2011 BCS title game?

You damn right. Because that wasn't Auburn. And that wasn't Oregon. Likewise, that wasn't Cam Newton, and it wasn't even Darron Thomas. Not the Newton and Thomas we saw all year, leading their teams to perfect seasons with near-perfect play at quarterback.

Cam Newton and Darron Thomas were decent Monday night. That's all. Decent. They were hit-or-miss. And so were their teams. They were decent. Hit-or-miss.

They were rusty, is what they were. Rusty, not sharp, whatever euphemism you prefer to describe a couple of teams that basically played every week for three months ... and then took off five weeks before playing the biggest game of the season.

And this happens almost every year.

Sometimes, both teams are rusty and out of whack. That was the case Monday, and also two years ago when loaded Florida and loaded Oklahoma played an utterly forgettable game, stylistically. Sometimes, even worse, only one of the teams is rusty and out of whack. That has produced scores like USC 55, Oklahoma 19 in 2005; and Florida 41, Ohio State 14 in 2007.

It keeps happening, dream games being turned into stylistic nightmares, and it's fixable. That's the most frustrating part about this. It's fixable, and not with something as drastic as a playoff (which is the ultimate goal, of course).

It's fixable with a tweak to the schedule.

Start the college football season a month later, in late September -- which is when some schools actually begin fall classes, if you didn't know -- instead of late August.

Or, since we all want our football in late August, here's a better idea: Give teams more off weeks. Instead of one Saturday off all season, give them one off week a month. That would stretch the season to mid-December, and better yet it would keep teams healthier, which would improve the product. Let the teams play until about Dec. 20, and then schedule the bowls two weeks later.

Television would hate it, but screw that. The tail has wagged the dog long enough. Pipe down, TV. You're not the dog, you're the tail. Sit there and shut up.

A two-week window between the regular season and the bowls would allow fans to purchase airfare with a week or even 14-day window, which is required to save money.

You: But final exams are mid-December! The players can't play football then!

Me: Don't be naïve. You sound silly. Anyway, look over there! There's some pie in the sky! Go eat some!

As for the BCS title game, something has to be done. When that game suffers, college football suffers. And we, the fans, suffer. This could be fixed, and if ESPN and the other networks kick and scream, the heck with 'em. Drag them kicking and screaming into the future. College football doesn't serve them. It should be the other way around.

Category: NCAAF
Tags: BCS

Since: Sep 21, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 5:05 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

I'd have left it as I'm tired of the BCS.

Bring on the playoffs. Handles both of our problems.

Since: Oct 9, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 4:26 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

 should have been ohio state vs michigan.  that rematch could have been epic and it was the top two teams of the year. yet the cheating BcS and urbie called all his buddies to dramatically change their votes for the last poll and WA LA the suc gets its team in...

and beat the hell out of Ohio State.  They were better than either ohio state or Michigan.  And you're an idiot.

Since: Jan 3, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 3:55 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

It used to be where you would look forward to the big four bowl games all on January 1st - Sugar, Cotton, Orange and Rose, and the mythical national championship was something to be debated. Now it's gotten to the point where nobody really cares because there are 35 bowls, most of which mean nothing other than maybe some conference pride, and you have to wait a week or more after the new year to see what is the "big game". Personally, I watched maybe about half of that game and got bored, the play was poor and neither team looked all that good. The whole thing has been watered down by TV and $$ to the point where nobody really cares all that much, because it's not really a championship and everybody knows it.

NCAA Division 1 football is the ONLY major sport, professional or collegiate (maybe even high school) where there is no playoff system. Not sure what it will take, maybe a bunch of new blood in influential positions, but the current situation is just plain pathetic.

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 3:45 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

The Fiesta, Orange, Rose, and Sugar should be on 1/1 with the BCS Championship on 1/2.  Move the duplicate bowl that year one week in.  Presumably they would not replace the turf like those idiot Fiesta Bowl officials.

Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:27 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

The reason these games come off like they do is not necessarily because the offenses are rusty, but that the defenses have had a month to prepare for their opponents offenses.  Kind of what happens to GaTech or Navy in most of their bowl games.  They run funky offenses that give DC's a tall task with only a week to prepare, but make it easy with they get a whole month.  Oregon runs a unique offense, and Auburn did not have a great defense during the regular season.  But, given over a month to prepare, the Auburn coaches had their players in the right position.  The same can be said of Oregon's defense to a large degree.  They contained Newton as well or better than anyone in the country.  The turf surely hurt both offenses, but the defenses being totally prepared was probably the biggest factor in the low scoring game.

Since: Sep 1, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:23 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

Instead of having five weeks off before the championship game that makes these teams rusty, maybe we could fill some of those five weeks with a system of actual playoff games? I know, crazy talk.

Since: Oct 28, 2007
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:48 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

Iowa: any time you want a piece of the SEC, swap schedules with Vanderbilt. We will be happy to give you some southern hospitality. lol

Since: Jul 8, 2009
Posted on: January 13, 2011 12:31 pm

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

Other than some fun matchups (UF - PSU for example) because of program history, most bowl games are irrelevant.  Let's play the championship game first so we get teams at their prime and so the other games do have meaning.  TCU played hard because they were playing for all of the non BCS teams out there, but if Wisconsin knew it could have ended the season #2 would they have perhaps been a bit more prepared.  Frankly I like the old way with conference alignments being the deciding factor in who plays where and I liked all the games on 1/1 b/c it meant 1/2 was reserved for debating who would have won had the Big 12 champ been able to play the SEC champ.  I didn't need a true national champ.  I needed the debate and the "what ifs."  But that's not coming back so let the best two teams play when they are at their best and let the rest fight for the final rankings.  

Since: Sep 11, 2006
Posted on: January 13, 2011 11:40 am

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

LSU beat the Buckeyes by 14, is that what qualifies as destroyed now-a-days, snoopy? Also, you do realize that Doyle is a Florida Gators alum, don't you?

Since: Feb 2, 2008
Posted on: January 13, 2011 11:10 am

I'm tired of awful BCS title games

Maybe if they didn't have 3 dozen bowl games, where 1/3rd are pointless games full of crappy .500 teams they could have the National Champ game on the 1st of January and stop trying to drag it out for an interminable length of time.  I would much rather see Auburn-Oregon with almost 2 weeks less of a layoff than 2 teams that had to beat up on Division 2 teams just to get to 6-6 and get in some corporate-greed driven bowl like the Al's Plumbing and Heating of Northeast Sante Fe or whatever.  It's too bad the college level of sports, which is supposed to be about student-athletes and fair gamesmanship is the worst sport in the country when it comes to exploiting the players and fans in the search for one more dollar...

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or