The stodgy, cigar smoke-filled room that houses the 15 commissioners of the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) witnessed a change that was supposed to move college football beyond the controversy that has surrounded crowning a national champion.
The change is coming two years too late.
To be fair, I have no direct knowledge if there was actual cigar smoking involved in Chicago last June. But I'm fairly certain that Kansas State, Notre Dame and Oregon all wish the playoffs were starting this season.
College football and its fans would definitely be better off.
There is one program that wouldn't be impacted either way in 2012. The Alabama Crimson Tide is clearly the best team in the BCS and would most likely be crowned the National Champion under the current two-team system, the pending three-game playoffs or an ideal eight-team system the BCS should put together.
Alabama is simply on another level. They have the best defense in the BCS, allowing just 8.1 points per game. They've dominated every team they've faced, including Michigan, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.
Aside from the skill positions, Alabama shows its dominance in the trenches. Their offensive line can handle any defensive front in the country, save about 28 playing in the NFL.
They can interchange running backs at will and A.J. McCarron has ample time to set up in the pocket and survey the field.
The Crimson Tide defensive line is as stout against the run as any team in the BCS. While the unit may not be elite pass-rushers, they do enough to pressure opposing quarterbacks. They've helped a brand-new secondary dominate opposing receivers and collect 14 interceptions.
Some fans will argue that Oregon's fast offense would be able to put up enough points to hang with Alabama. Kansas State will assert they are balanced enough on both sides of the ball to put up a fight.
Notre Dame's defense is certainly good enough to keep the Tide in striking distance.
All of those assertions hold an element of truth.
But when Alabama blows LSU out of their own house and absolutely humiliates Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, it will be clear they are the team not to beat.
Kansas State will likely get that opportunity to face Alabama. That will give Notre Dame and Oregon the opportunity to actually win their bowl games.
The proper team will be crowned National Champion at the end of the season, but that doesn't mean two of the elite teams in football aren't worthy of the opportunity and shouldn't feel slighted for not getting their shot.
It isn't always about getting it right, especially in "amateur" athletics. Sometimes it's about doing it the right way.
The 2014 season can't get here soon enough. Then we can talk about the next four teams that are being left out of title contention.
Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and the Seattle Seahawks.
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