I have thought about this long and hard. Because I get it. I get how important the regular season is in college football. For nowhere else would I have been glued to the TV watching, practically begging, Indiana to hold on to that lead in the 4th quarter against the vastly overrated Iowa Hawkeyes two Saturdays ago. Certainly they cannot hold a candle to Texas, Florida, or Alabama. Or can they? We will never know. And that is a shame. It has been predetermined that the Longhorns are more worthy this season. Sucks to be you Hawkeye fan. Smacking Penn State annually is not enough to earn the respect of the pollsters. It seems that pedigree plays a major role here with the BCS, and it is this pedigree which will also preclude TCU, Cincinnati, and Boise State from the championship game. I would be willing to wager that a one loss SEC team would jump an unbeaten Cincy or TCU. And this is everything that is wrong with college football.
The fact of the matter is all of the unbeatens deserve a shot if they are good enough to get into the top 8 BCS rankings. Why include them at all if you are going to glass ceiling them? Boise deserves a shot. TCU deserves a shot. Cincy deserves a shot. But the purists do not want to give them their shots at glory for fear of Boise vs. Cincy as the national title game (those kids do not count...those aren't real schools). They will not want to point to the fact that USC or FL or Texas or Bama or OUsux lost to these programs. No, the purists would rather point to weak conferences and lack of pedigree as undeserving credentials to certain young men of college football’s pinnacle. How smug of them. As an example, one receiver from the Dallas Cowboys went to a big time program and one went to Monmouth. One is the go to receiver, the other has under performed. One is Miles Austin, the other is Roy Williams. Go scan NFL rosters...it is mind boggling how many top tier players went to bottom tier schools. Shocking actually.
Back to the point at hand, the BCS was designed to pit #1 vs #2 for a winner-take-all conclusion to the college football season. Yet, it has failed miserably in many seasons to determine just who in the hell are the two best and most deserving teams for all of college football's glory. No need to rehash the shortcomings of which program got the nod over the other in spite of mountains of evidence to the contrary. This is just how the BCS works or should I say, fails.
Yes, we must preserve the regular season at any cost. That cost is increasingly becoming objective conclusions to the college football season.