College FB Questions: The BCS, the Playoffs, and the Heisman

Kevin BrownAnalyst INovember 28, 2007 2007 college football season is nearly over—but there are still numerous questions to be answered.

To wit:

Who deserves to play for the National Championship?

Why is there no playoff system yet?

And is the Heisman going to go to a player who's really earned it?

Let's tackle those brainteasers one at a time...


The BCS Championship Game will feature...

West Virginia and Ohio State.

Missouri, you had a great season—but Oklahoma, with Sam Bradford back at the helm, will again prove too much for you in the Big 12 Championship Game.

Remember when everyone assumed LSU, USC, Oklahoma, Michigan, and West Virginia would roll through the season undefeated? It seems like years ago—and it made sense at the time.

Who would have guessed that this would be the most unpredictable college football season in recent memory?

My theory is that the combination of top programs in rebuilding mode and midlevel teams on the rise laid the groundwork for the upsets. Expect a return to normalcy next year, when programs like Florida, USC, Georgia, Ohio State, Oklahoma, and possibly West Virginia will get all or most of their key players back.

Back to this year—what have West Virginia and Ohio State proven thus far?

They've both played weak schedules and lost to teams they should've beaten—but the only team you can't say that about is Hawaii...and the Warriors don't belong in the top two.

All told, WVU and OSU have done what they needed to—and so long as Mizzou loses, the Mountaineers and Buckeyes will meet in New Orleans for a shot at all the marbles.


IconImagine a playoff...

Consisting of the top 16—or even the top eight—teams in country.

Teams like Georgia, USC, Hawaii, and Florida would all have shots at the title, as each is playing its best football of the year.

Would USC and Florida be underdogs against the current top-three teams if they were to play this weekend?

There'd certainly be no clear favorite.

Not only would a playoff be good for the sport—it would also make more money for the schools and conferences. And isn't that what the head guys really care about?

It blows my mind that we're still relying on human polls and computer formulas to decide the top-two teams. If Missouri does win the Big 12 title game, who's to say which of the one-loss teams deserve to play in New Orleans?

And can you really keep telling undefeated teams like Auburn, Utah, Boise State, and most recently Hawaii that they're too small to possibly be the best team in the country?


IconThe Heisman should go to...

Tim Tebow.

Tebow's stats are ridiculous. He's second in the country in passing efficiency—after critics claimed he was nothing more than a glorified fullback.

As it stands, Tebow has thrown for more TDs than Matt Leinart and rushed for more TDs than Reggie Bush in each of their Heisman years—and that despite battling injuries.

The only negatives for Tebow are that his team has three losses and he's a sophomore—but let's be serious.

Anyone who watched the games knows that it was the defense that lost them—not Tebow. And doesn't his being a sophomore make his performance even more amazing?

In his first year as a starter, against one of the toughest schedules in the nation, Tebow has produced statistics that have never been seen before.

If the Heisman goes to the player with the most big-play potential, it goes to Darren McFadden. If it goes to the QB on a team in the BCS Championship game, it goes to Chase Daniel, if Missouri beats Oklahoma.

But I say if the award goes to the best college football player in America, it goes to Tim Tebow.