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What about the actual game?

jeff zell
jeff zell

Republican Joe Barton (Texas) made national news in 2009 suggesting the BCS should "drop the 'C' because the system doesn't represent a true champion."

Don't hate on a system that didn't fail -- at least this year.

Auburn ran the table, played the toughest schedule and took home the conference title in the best league in the country (SEC). The Tigers are joined in Glendale, Ariz. by the only other team in a major conference to run the table this season, Oregon. Oregon blitzed its competition, scoring 37 points in all but one game this season.

OK, so I'm an alum of the University of Texas. This year's match-up doesn't quite pique my interest like the 2005 or 2009 championship games -- but I will admit, it's a good game. I'll get to the game later on. But first, what about TCU?

The so-called "little guy" ran the table and had the best defense in the nation statistically entering the bowl games. While there is something to be said about winning all your games, you have to look at the competition. I understand TCU beat a Big Ten team in the Rose Bowl, and that "they did it for the little guy," but none of their regular season opponents finished in the top 25 of the so-called "unbiased" AP Top 25 college football poll. TCU only deserves a shot at a national title when every fan in America throws their hands up in disgust because every school from a major conference slips up more than once. Then a school with a recent tradition like TCU can get a shot.

Otherwise, keep the big boys at the big boy dinner table.

College football is special because each and every Saturday can make or break a team's national championship hopes. The college football landscape immediately changed when the Gamecocks took out defending champ Alabama at Williams-Brice Stadium. Michigan State was on the outside of a national championship hunt until embarrassed on the road at Iowa (37-6), and later embarrassed in a non-BCS bowl game.

The beauty of college football is that every week matters.

Sure, a playoff sounds nice. A four, six or eight team bracket leaving one team standing alone at the end makes too much sense. But it doesn't make enough dollars and cents.

Right now there's enough money going around keeping the NCAA happy and the universities in the major conferences happy. The five BCS Bowl's payout structure among conferences is too lucrative to give the right thing a shot.

Call it the "BS" system, call it a sham; call it stupid -- the people that pay attention to the bottom line really don't care what you or I have to say.

And the only way the right people will care is if four or more teams from major conferences go undefeated in the same season. That would force a seismic shakeup that could have a chance of breaking up the BCS. But that won't happen in this day-and-age of college football for the same reason we all love the great sport of college football.


Get Ready for a Show

I'm 27-years-old and through slightly more than a quarter-century I have learned one thing--people like flashy things.

Why does Vegas get bigger and better, how come Broadway at the Beach is building some crazy, tilted building? It's because we love glitz and glamour.

This year's national championship football game has the high flying attack that casual college football fans desire. Oregon is ranked first in the country in total yards this season (537.5 YPG). Auburn isn't too far behind at seventh, and that's going up against the Southeastern Conference, the best league in the country.

Aside from plenty of potential points on Monday, fans can relate to the game because of the Cam Newton saga. America can easily wrap its finger around a scandal. Aside from the actual facts whether or not he took money--the PR Newton has received in the process make him a mini-Tim Tebow when it comes to his marketing at the next level.

My prediction: Auburn 38, Oregon 24.

Auburn's defense has seen speed similar to Oregon. I'm not able to say the same thing about the Ducks' defense. Two years after Gene Chizik left Iowa State's program out to dry -- he becomes a national championship-winning coach.