I know my Austin friends must be pissed to no end about this year’s college football national championship game, but in an imperfect system, the BCS computers did come up with the two teams that should be there–the Florida Gators and the Oklahoma Sooners. Why not the Texas Longhorns? Well, those ridiculous, fakakta (sp?) tiebreaker rules in the Big 12 took care of that by ignoring the fact that Texas actually beat Oklahoma by 10 points at a neutral site (as a touchdown underdog no less!) earlier in the season. Instead they used the dreaded BCS rankings to determine who would play Missouri in the Big 12 championship game–what a fiasco! And since Oklahoma was the pick and they destroyed their opponent yet again, scoring over 60 points for the fifth game in a row for the first time in history, it would be absurd to leave them out of the January 8 championship game. Had Texas won the Big 12 instead, then they would have deserved to be there rather than the Sooners, but it’s the conference that made the rules, not the BCS.
As far as the Gators go (and YES, I’m a homer), they finished 12-1, won their conference, scored 30 or more points against all 9 SEC opponents, and beat a #1 Alabama team by 11 points for the SEC championship with their most dangerous offensive weapon, Percy Harvin, on the bench with an ankle injury. Texas-Florida would’ve been a great one, but we’ll have to settle for the Gators against the Sooners instead. You can’t say these two didn’t earn it, and they were the top two teams in the Harris and coaches’ polls that comprise 2/3 of the BCS, with the computers the final 1/3. Yes, the system sucks and a 4-team or 8-team playoff should be the way to go, but for now it’s what we sports fans all have to endure.
Now stay tuned to see if Enzian will be showing the game on the big screen in HD like the Florida-Ohio State massacre a couple of years ago, though one would think this contest should be a bit more competitive. Today’s line: Gators by 3?!