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BCS Championship Game: Another Controversy in 2012

NEW ORLEANS, LA - JANUARY 10:   The Coaches' Trophy, awarded to head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game during a press conference on January 10, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Todd PheiferAnalyst IIINovember 19, 2012

Congratulations, BCS. You have a mess on your hands—again.

The quest for the crystal candy dish will have more controversial entrants this year. Is this the goal every season? It sure seems like it.

Sure, Notre Dame is currently a lock for the “national championship” exhibition…err…game. They are the only undefeated team (with apologies to The Ohio State University) left standing after the Oregon Ducks and Kansas State Wildcats stumbled at the finish line. 

Who gets to join the Fighting Irish? Let the debate begin.

By Saturday night, the AP Top 25 had ten one-loss teams.

And yes, I am counting Louisville and Kent State (All hail the Golden Flashes). 

One assumes that one of the SEC teams will join Notre Dame, though there will be much discussion as to which school is most deserving.

The SEC is generally regarded as the most powerful conference in football and for good reason. Granted, I can’t help but notice that the SEC plays each other a lot and then will sometimes fill the rest of their schedules with more cupcakes than an elementary school birthday party. 

But that is a different story for a different day.

Yet again we are faced with the reality that the BCS has failed. Sure, the computers will pick a No. 2 team, but that will not satisfy the fanbase. People tend to forget that humans programmed the seemingly objective computer rankings.

Expressing your bias in Boolean does not remove subjectivity. Don’t worry kids. That word won’t be on the test. 

Ah, but a “playoff” is coming soon, right? Sure it is—four whole teams!

Four should be plenty, right? After all, there won’t be any quality one-loss or (gasp) undefeated teams at No. 5.  

So, if that system were in place this year, it would be Notre Dame and three of the ten one-win teams.

You’re right, that is much more fair. Never mind the fact that the three lucky contestants would still be “invited” by a party-planning committee and the travel habits of their fanbases would undoubtedly be a factor.

The cool kids will still be the first people invited to the party. Mark my words.

In the short term, I will be faced with a small dilemma as Jan. 7, 2013 approaches.

Inevitably, my youngest child will ask me, “Who are you rooting for?” Good question.

Will I root for Notre Dame, a team that has their own network even when they aren’t any good?

Or will I root for the SEC, a conference where the quarterbacks are paid to win games?

It's a tough choice.

I liked the game better when it was Oregon vs. Kansas State.

Now all we need is for USC to rise up and beat Notre Dame. Then we could have a really fun discussion.

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