Can a Gator Support a Bulldog? Another Reason to Hate the BCS

Pete MisthaufenAnalyst IJuly 20, 2009

MIAMI - JANUARY 08:  Head coach Urban Meyer of the Florida Gators celebrates with the National Championship trophy after therir 24-14 win against the Oklahoma Sooners during the FedEx BCS National Championship game at Dolphin Stadium on January 8, 2009 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

How can a Volunteer fan root for the Gators?  Or a Michigan alum support the Buckeyes? Or a Red Raider support the Sooners? 

It seems so odd, but I run into this every single day talking college football.

An Auburn grad should not wish for good things for the Crimson Tide.  But it happens all the time.

People use their arguments to say "my conference did this" or "my conference did that".  So what? What did your team do? And you are supporting your arch-rival because of your conference?!

It is this very attitude that makes me sick, sick to death of the BCS. 

Under the current system, it matters what a team's conference competitors do.  Since we do not get to settle the national championship on the field in a playoff, all we are left with is a beauty contest.

As a USC fan, I do not really want the Bruins to win all their games. I rejoiced when BYU beat them 59-0 last year.

With the BCS, a Gator fan is now an SEC fan, supporting all of their rivals. Again, why? It is sick and disgusting. 

Now, as a general college football fan, I want to see good games. But support my rivals?  Never!

As a Dodger fan, should I be happy when San Francisco does well? Hell no!

As a Laker fan, should I be happy when a Western Conference team besides the Lakers win the NBA title? You got to be kidding me!

So why is it so in college football?