...Hey, it is what it is. And as I end one sort of disappointment I'll probably immediately cause another sort. Because the topic of this blog(my first in more than a year) is the only serial entry. That's right, the BCS...or lack of a play-off...or most inexplicable situation is sports. Period.
The reason I'm still doing this some two months later than normal and 3 weeks after the college football season ended is two-fold. 1) I just read Death to the BCS. You should check it out. 2) I think what TCU did does give us a whole new perspective. If you're new and still not sure what's going on, uh, just scroll down about three posts. (Yeah, it's that.) I know, it's been awhile. Sorry. (Hey, I said, "Sorry." Back off.) Anyhoo, what Death to the BCS did was confirm all the things I believed might be true. It also revealed that the bowl system is more nefarious and ridiculous than I could have ever imagined. Basically, it steals money from institutions of higher education and provides "the man" outrageous salaries to put on one stupid game. What TCU did was confirm that the "little schools" do belong in the process of deciding a champion, which they currently are not.
So now we're going to see what a play-off would've looked like this year. If you want all the criteria, just scroll down. Despite what you might have heard, I clearly don't have the time. (Clearly.) As you view the first round match-ups, just imagine how great, how exciting, how riveting this would be. And don't be so quick to dismiss all those "small schools", either.
Fictional 2011 College Football Play-off Bracket
(1) Auburn (SEC Champ)
(16) Florida International (Sun Belt Champ)
(8) Arkansas (At Large)
(9) Michigan State (At Large)
(4) Stanford (At Large)
(13) Connecticut (Big East Champ)
(5) Wisconsin (Big 10 Champ)
(12) Nevada (WAC Champ)
(3) TCU (Mountain West Champ)
(14) Central Florida (Conference USA Champ)
(6) Ohio State (At Large)
(11) Virginia Tech (ACC Champ)
(7) Oklahoma (Big 12 Champ)
(10) Boise St. (At Large)
(2) Oregon (Pac 10 Champ)
(15) Northern Illinois (MAC Champ)
This year was interesting on a couple of fronts. The first team out was LSU which was ranked #11 at the end of the regular season. I think the highest ranked team ever left sitting at home. Because of that, the WAC ends up with the same number of teams as the SEC and Big 12. Talk about "level playing field".