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It's lucky the kickers were able to get a good plant foot down.
In a game for all the marbles, it's too bad the players were playing on them.
The field turf at University of Phoenix Stadium was terrible.
The technology of the "slideable field" at the stadium is amazing, and a whole new field was brought in for the championship game after the Fiesta Bowl last week, but the results were incredibly disappointing.
Viewers of the ESPN broadcast were amazed that, given the number of times the announcers said some variable of the phrase, "He slips and goes down," they didn't address the major issue.
The field stunk. And it was obvious from the opening kickoff, when Oregon's returner slipped while fielding the ball. And it got worse. Huge chunks of turf were churned up. Running backs and receivers felt their feet flying out from under them.
It might be a metaphor for the BCS: All style and little real substance. Sure, it looked good, but the foundation was fundamentally flawed.
Who doesn't want a playoff system (besides the big-money conference kingpins)? Until we get one, we'll have teams like TCU who had a perfect season and still no chance at the top spot. That won't take the shine off Auburn's win, but it will always leave questions in the minds of some about the best team in the nation.
Ask the perfect Auburn teams of the past if they'd've liked a playoff.