College Football Myths That Need Busting: Part 2

Mitch WilsonSenior Writer IMarch 4, 2009

This is a continuation in a series taking on myths in college football. The first article received some nice debate, let's see if we can keep it going...


1. There is a relevance of statistics from one decade to the next.

How many arguments or disagreements here on Bleacher Report, and elsewhere, do we see people try and spew off a long line of stats to try and defend their position? The answer is a lot.

Unfortunately, the only statistic that carries over from year to year, and decade to decade, is wins and losses, and it can pretty easily be argued that even those have a cut off point.

This one is pretty simple: rule changes.

What if we took every horse collar tackle in the history of college football and added 15 yards to the end of it?

What if we eliminated all of the penalties from the halo rule era?

Soon it will be all about the clock rules. It's pretty simple, the game changes and in most cases it helps the offense. Stats are fun and within a year they make sense, after that and the further separated years are, the less relevance they have.


2) Making Pass Interference a spot foul is a good idea.

Any rule change that puts more power in the referee's hands is a bad rule change. If it's regarding a judgement call, the rule change should take away the impact of the official.

For those who haven't been paying close attention, officiating has gotten a lot worse. The calls are so miserable in some games it makes them almost unwatchable, as it makes it seem as though refs are rooting for one team over another or even worse, are on the take.

While we won't dig too deep into the latter right now, let's just leave it that it looks fishy when the whole world can see something clear as day on a replay and one person doesn't.


3) Home field doesn't matter much.

Last season, the home team won 63.43 percent of the time. Home favorites won 77 percent of the time—looks like it matters to me.

This doesn't mean the best team doesn't always win, as road favorites won 72.44 percent of the time.


4) Post Season Awards Mean Something.

For those playing at home, most of these awards you see given out are given by a specific school's alumni or booster club, and if you don't think there is any bias in the selection of winners it's time to take another look.

My favorite example is the Jim Thorpe Award given to the nation's best defensive back. This award is given out by the University of Oklahoma Alumni.

Anyone want to guess which school has had the most winners?

Anyone want to guess which conference has nearly double the amount of winners of the second most?

Would anyone trade Sean Taylor for Derrick Strait during the 2003 college season?

Apparently the Thorpe Committee would have.


5) A conference's Bowl Record shows how good or bad they are.

While this could be an indication of how bad a conference is, even that is doubtful. College football is a game of match ups and since the bowls went to the affiliation system, which didn't happen until the late 90's, the matchups are just one conference against another.

While the matchups rank certain place teams in certain conferences against certain place teams in other conferences, there is no relevance to how good or bad that team is in that position in each conference.

The way things are these days, and the way scheduling is done, it won't be long until we have 10-2 and 9-3 teams playing 6-6 teams, and the TV networks telling us how exciting the matchup is.

What a joke.


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