Although I wrote this article a few months ago, seeing the BCS selections made me angry about the topic again. Schools like Cincinnati, TCU and Boise State went undefeated but still will not compete for the college football championship.
“You play to win the game.” Famous words by a famous coach but seemingly not true in all sports. Already having very little respect for college sports and the way they are covered and played, I was discussing college football this weekend while watching the Texas, Oklahoma State game.
It occurred to me that in college football you do not play to win the game. You play to win games but when it’s all said and done you can only be so good. Going into the season you already know if you can be the best in the country. Depending on how good your opponents are, decides weather or not you are a worthy team.
Imagine if all sports operated under that ridiculous premise. What if the Patriots only recorded a win when playing a winning team. Games against bottom feeder teams like the 2009 Rams or Raiders, would count as only a half-win or not at all. Even further, imagine that heading into a season you could aim to only win your division and not be the best in the country.
That means that the Boston Red Sox could only be the Eastern Division Champions because they play the Kansas City Royals a certain number of times. This entire premise is incredible stupid. You can never explain to me a system in which you can go undefeated and not have a crack at the championship game.
Solutions are not easy. The only rational one out there is to adopt the NCAA Basketball system. In that system, teams with strong records, regardless of strength of schedule would make the playoff system. Double standards have been made illegal in all other aspects of life. Blacks and whites, women and men and old and young, the double standards have all been removed, except for College Football.
Further talks revealed that the entire system is about money. Repeatedly I have been told that college football is wholesome and well played games. Turns out the entire thing is about money. Each bowl game makes millions of dollars and because of this, the system has become corrupt. Bowl games should be dissolved, brackets should be installed and if all else fails heads must roll.
When it all comes together it turns out that in most sports “you play to win the game” but in college football, you play to win as many games as you can before being denied a chance to win the national championship.