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Best-case scenario for BCS: It'll be wrong

I've lost my appetite for hating the BCS system.

For years now, we've been told it's great by the people who created it. We've been told how it matches the two best teams in the country for college football's national championship.

Instead, we're usually left without the two best teams playing for the title.

We complain, gripe and do everything we can to slam the system. Ideas are tossed around, but they never gain traction. Five of six weeks later, everyone turns on their television after the new year to watch college football again and the slime that run the BCS and the bowls smile while counting their dollars.

Yeah, college football is grand.

Sunday night was another reminder of how bad the system is. For this year's version of the national championship, we're left with a rematch of LSU and Alabama. The two team's played earlier in a battle of field goals -- yawn! -- with LSU beating 'Bama 9-6.

We're left to believe that a system that says "every week counts" is about to discount Alabama's loss. Alabama couldn't win their own division in the SEC and now we're told the Crimson Tide are worth of the title game.

Yeah, it's a joke.

Faced with a similar situation a few years ago between Michigan and Ohio State, the voters dropped Michigan in the polls. A similar situation didn't take place over the weekend.

Maybe it's the belief that the SEC is the best conference. Maybe it's the prejudices of the voters and the crazy situation where computers tell us who the best teams are supposed to be.

I have an idea, though: Must be the money.

That, and the power, keep the system in place. If this were college basketball, Butler never would have made the national championship the last two years. If it were the NFL, we'd have a Packers vs. Patriots Super Bowl already booked for Indianapolis this year. If it were the NBA, the Lakers and Heat would be in the Finals. If it were ... well, you get the idea.

After Oklahoma State put a whipping on Oklahoma on Saturday night, I held out some hope that OSU would leapfrog 'Bama and play in the title game.

However, I knew it wouldn't happen. OSU isn't one of those schools with the pedigree of Alabama. I know that played a part of it, too.

But just like I knew 'Bama was a lock, I wasn't going to get bent out of shape.

The system is easy to figure out; we'll get a game that shouldn't be played.

It's been a record that skips for years now. Everyone else better get used to it.


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