The Bowl Championship Series set its national title game on ESPN’s Bowl Selection Special last night: LSU vs. Alabama.
Sure Alabama didn’t win its conference – hell, it didn’t win its own division. But the last time I checked, the mission of the BCS is to pit the two best teams against each other – #1 vs. #2. It’s not supposed to pit the two best CONFERENCE WINNERS.
If folks examine the past champions across the sports landscape, a few of those champions didn’t win their divisions.
This is prevalent in baseball, where it is not uncommon to see the wild card teams win the World Series. The St. Louis Cardinals did not win the NL Central on its way to a World Series title twice in this decade. Those damn Boston Red Sox won it all as a wild card team as well.
If you want to talk football, the Green Bay Packers didn’t win the NFC North last year en route to a Super Bowl title. My Pittsburgh Steelers did not win the AFC North in route to winning Super Bowl XL. The New York Giants did not win the NFC East the same year they won Super Bowl XLII.
And don’t even bring up college basketball, where some of the past champions did not win their regular season conference titles nor conference tournament titles.
My point is that the BCS did its job in selecting the best two teams in the country. It’s what makes college football unique.
Sure Oklahoma State violated Oklahoma, but OSU had no business losing to Iowa State. Plus, there is no doubt in my mind that Alabama could dominate Oklahoma State, Virginia Tech, Stanford, Oregon, and Wisconsin.
And for those who are crying about it, remember how things USED to be in college football? You know, where the polls decided the national champions and it wasn’t always settled on the field because of conference bowl tie-ins?
I didn’t think so…