College Football Conundrum: Red State, Blue State, What States?
Anyone who has followed the political discourse and drama over the past decade realizes there is a catchphrase to describe the U.S. Presidential elections.
The states who vote "Democratic" are known as "Blue States" and those who vote "Republican" are known as "Red States".
Charming, isn't it?
From the map pictured above, we can see how the colors played out during the 2008 Presidential election.
George Voinovich, a Republican U.S. Senator from Ohio, summarized his philosophy this past August regarding the state color controversy.
Sen. Voinovich was quoted on washingtonpost.com as stating "Southerners are what's wrong with the Republican Party."
Referring to GOP senators from South Carolina and Oklahoma. "It's the Southerners.' People hear them and say, 'These people, they're Southerners. The party's being taken over by Southerners. What the H**L they got to do with Ohio?' "
The idea of a fantasy world came to mind. What if there were two separate Americas, one blue and one red? One that could make the Voinoviches and Southern GOP Senators equally satisfied?
Of course, it would never work. It has been tried before (1861-65) with disastrous consequences.
The states are too intertwined by highway, commerce, families, airport schedules, and history to make the concept feasible.
Aside from the obvious nuttiness of the entire idea, suppose there was actually a division of the states for college football purposes?
Yes, with all we have to worry about in the world, it seems even discussing the matter is nonsense.
However, no less a world leader than our own President Barack Obama has addressed the need to do something about the state of college football.
Just suppose for a moment, we were to use the color model above to divide up "each nation's" Top 10 teams and the subsequent BCS Championship for each?
Let us present the Blue State and Red State "breakdown report" according to the current BCS Rankings.
The Top 10 Teams Of The Blue States The Top 10 Teams Of The Red States
1. Florida 1. Alabama
2. Cincinnati 2. Texas
3. Iowa 3. Boise State
4. Southern California 4. Texas Christian
5. Miami 5. LSU
6. Oregon 6. Georgia Tech
7. Penn State 7. Oklahoma State
8. Virginia Tech 8. Brigham Young
9. Ohio State 9. Houston
10. Pittsburgh 10 . Utah
In the "Red State Diaries" we would find Alabama and Texas squaring off for the BCS Title.
The Blue State BCS Title game would be Florida and Cincinnati.
After the two championships are decided we could have, heaven forbid, a championship match between the winner of the Blue and the Red.
Just looking at the map, isn't that called the SEC Title Game?
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