Ohio State Football: Why College Football Fans Should Root for a Buckeyes Loss
If there’s one thing that I—and probably you the reader—hate in sports it's ties. All that I want to know is who the best team was at the end of the season, which is determined by a championship game.
This year, we may have two No. 1 teams in college football if the Ohio State Buckeyes continue to win, like they did today against Purdue in overtime.
However, all of that "who is the true No. 1 team in the country" nonsense can be avoided if one of Ohio State’s final four opponents can defeat the Buckeyes.
Since the inception of the Bowl Championship Series in 1998, there has been only one time when the USA Today and Associated Press has had different teams at the top of its polls at the end of the season.
That was in 2003 when LSU finished atop of the USA Today Coaches poll, while USC finished at the top of the AP, meaning there was a split champion.
That year both USC and LSU finished its seasons with one loss. Both teams were eligible to play for the BCS National Title; however, LSU ended up playing Oklahoma in what was deemed the National Title game while USC played Michigan in the Rose Bowl.
After that year, the BCS formula was fixed so that we would always have the top two teams in college football play for the national title.
This year, if Ohio State can win out, the Buckeyes may be atop of the AP poll but held out of the title game due to NCAA sanctions against the team, not because of a BCS formula.
And if that does happen, it will soil what has been a great college football season.
We’ve seen some amazing teams rise up to the top of the polls like Alabama, Florida, Kansas State and Oregon.
However, if one or all of those teams happen to lose between now and December 8 when the final rankings are released, we will not get to see the top two teams play for college football’s top prize.
Will we see a split-champ this year?
In fact, if Ohio State holds on to win its final four games, we won’t even see if it is the best team in its conference.
Instead of seeing if an undefeated Ohio State can stay perfect against the Big Ten Legends champ, like Michigan, we’ll be stuck with someone else as champ from the Leaders division and having thoughts of "what if."
The Buckeyes could finish the season at a perfect 12-0 and atop of the AP poll, which will be great for its fans, players, staff and anyone else that is tied to the school and its football program.
However, instead of seeing if the Buckeyes could survive postseason play, we’ll be stuck with the thought of "what if" and a split championship.
Something the people in charge of college football thought they had fixed after the confusion at the end of the 2003 season.
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