Not a great year for the BCS.
They got the title game right, and gave us a #3 vs #4 matchup conference-wise, but of the 3 remaining bowls I really can’t think of any BCS matchups that were worse than the Rose, Sugar, and Orange of 2012. Not sure it matters anymore; with the development of a playoff the BCS era will matter less and less with each true champion. Sure, national titles will hang on stadiums, Rose Bowl and Cotton Bowl wins will be proudly displayed, but the notion of "BCS Bowl wins" will at best bring about confused and contrasting histories. The head honchos behind the BCS promise us that the bowls won’t die out with the inclusion of a playoff, but let’s be serious. Four teams will turn to Eight, and maybe Sixteen, and by that point the Fiesta and Orange bowls won’t be any different than the Outback and Gator.
Not to disappoint, college football will be better this way and only add to its dominance of college athletics in America and anywhere else, but before we get there let’s take a look at what will be the 2nd to last chapter in an era of football history.
Because it’s impossible to know if Nebraska was actually any good or not, it’s just as impossible to say anything about Wisconsin. Analyze it any way you will, present any Monte Ball storyline you want, but at the end of the day this is an 8-5 team from a truly awful conference playing against a Stanford that won a very good Pac 12, beat one of the best 4 teams in the country, and took the best one to overtime.
The only thing that matters in this game is which Florida State team decides to show up: the one that had the potential to run the table, or the one that blew a game against NC State and rolled over and died against Florida. I’ll give it about a 50/50 for the Noles and adjust the line accordingly.
For Louisville to win they need about 4 turnovers and just as many miracles from Teddy Bridgewater
. Impossible? No, but this is a physical Gator team playing against a team that won a conference best described as anything but physical.
Ahhhh… The consolation prize for a team that trusted a freshman quarterback to go undefeated and a team that exhausted itself and came up short one too many times (as in once). If you ran the 2012 season 100 times K-State or Oregon plays in the national title game in 95. College Football is the other 5 occurrences, and that’s of course exactly what happened. I wouldn’t bet on this game if my life depended on it, but because this column doesn’t depend on it I’ll go ahead.
BCS National Championship Game:
Alabama didn’t want Johnny Manziel
to win the Heisman. I’m not sure winning the Heisman would hurt Manti Te’o’s drive in preparing for the biggest game of his career, but it sure wouldn’t help, and I have to think there is some serious karma surrounding the SEC Supremacy Bama will carry into this game. That being said, Alabama is a hell of a team, and while they were outplayed 3 times this year there is a reason why they only lost once. Notre Dame couldn’t define "outplayed" if you asked them to, because this is a team that leaves everything on the field every week. If both teams gave it their all Bama would win. I don’t think there is much opinion otherwise, but it’s necessary to know what exactly the Tide will give on January 7th. Because there are players and coaches (and fans) on this team that have already won 2 National Titles (some of them 3), I predict less than Notre Dame. The Fighting Irish have come too far and won too many close games to go 12-1, the best player in the country is wearing blue and gold, and this is an Alabama team that has hidden a decline in quality with a weaker schedule and some close wins.
See you on the other side.