It just further illustrates how bad the bowl/BCS system is.
Back in 1984 for my freshman English class at PSU we had to come up with a persuasive speech and present it to the class. At the time, BYU was headed to the “national title” where all they had to do was beat a 6-5 Michigan team in the Holiday Bowl to do so. (supposedly because Paterno had turned down the Holiday Bowl and every other bowl invitation that year because he felt the team didn’t deserve one after their 6-5 season).
Anyway, my argument was to show how Penn State, even with their 6-5 record deserved to win the “national title” that season if Michigan did in fact go on to beat BYU (which they did not) by way of the transitive property (If Team A beat Team B, Team B beat Team C and so on). I think after going through five or six games, I got to PSU “beating” BYU.
Bottom line of my speech…unless you have a playoff for college football, you will not have a true national champion. Short term gain (got an A on my speech :)) still equals long term pain (no good system to decide a college football championship 26 years later >:()
There is little meaning to post-regular season college football beyond the “national title” game. And who’s to know if Oregon/Auburn is better than TCU/Wisconsin/Ohio State/Stanford or even Boise when they don’t meet each other on the playing field (outside of Ore/Stan).
College football has the most anti-climactic ending of any sport or league in the history of sports. And unfortunately that will never change.
So bring on Oregon and Auburn losing today and the Big East ending in a 5 way tie. Oh, not to mention Ohio State and Wisconsin finishing in a mathematical deadlock in the BCS standing. I’d love to see how the BCS will weasel its way out of this latest debacle.