As I watched Texas A&M creep within striking distance of upsetting Texas, an almost certain participant in the BCS championship game, I found myself openly cheering for the underdog Aggies.
It was then that I realized that this year in particular, I want the BCS to fail.
Now, a famous talk radio personality got himself in some hot water for uttering those words directed at the newly elected President Barack Obama (didn't he promise a playoff for college football?).
Politics aside, the premise of rooting for failure rings true for the BCS system. Every fan of college football realizes that we are dealing with a flawed system to determine a true champion. But the system just will not go away.
So maybe the only way for it to go away is for it to fail—and fail so badly that even the most ardent defenders of the systems cannot justify it.
That is why I am blatantly rooting for a TCU-Cincinnati matchup for all the marbles.
I realize that Texas versus the SEC champion would be the best matchup since USC met Texas in the 2005 championship game. However, I want the BCS to fail more than I want to see this matchup.
It is not that I think that TCU-Cincinnati wouldn't be a good matchup; it might actually produce a great game. It is not that I think that either team doesn't have a legitimate claim for being one of the better teams in the country. Utah proved in last year's Sugar Bowl that anything can happen and non-BCS schools can compete.
But TCU-Cincinnati would be a marketing disaster. The BCSers might be able to shine up one non-traditional team facing a giant like Texas. It would be the perfect setup for David versus Goliath. But there is no way to spin TWO non-traditional opponents in the same game for the Great Crystal Pumpkin.
So here is what needs to happen for complete, utter failure. Auburn or Florida State or both need to win this weekend. If only one of them were to win, then the one-loss SEC team would need to win the SEC Championship Game. With both Florida and Alabama having one loss each, Texas would then need to lose the Big 12 Championship Game.
In the meantime, TCU, Cincinnati, and Boise State need to win their remaining games so that we would have three undefeated teams. This would induce mass chaos.
The bigwigs at the BCS, after being placed in straitjackets and having all sharp objects removed from their general vicinity, would then have a choice: Go with the two most marketable undefeated teams, or screw them over and give us the Texas-SEC Champion matchup with both teams having lost a game.
On a humorous note, if they did choose the TCU-Cincinnati matchup, the Texas-SEC Champion matchup might make its appearance in one of the other BCS bowls. The irony drips with ultimate justice. It's pure genius and the perfect torture for what they have giving us for the last three years.
So join me in our quest for failure. Don those Auburn colors, War Damn Eagle. Do the Seminole chop. Beat Texas! Say it—you know it feels good: Go Horned Frogs, Bearcats, and Broncos!
I think even Rush Limbaugh could agree that this is failure we can believe in!
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