The BCS National Championship for college football went to Florida (13-1), as did the AP sports writers poll.‚ However, the true national champion for college football this year is Utah (13-0).
Utah went undefeated, winning 13 straight games.‚ Utah beat 4 ranked teams.‚ Utah beat Michigan in the Big House.‚ Utah beat #12 TCU.‚ Utah beat #14 BYU.‚ Utah crushed Alabama (who was ranked #1 in the nation for five straight games).‚ Florida went to the national championship game by virtue of beating Alabama… after trailing ‘bama six minutes into the 4th quarter.‚ Utah put up 21 points on Alabama in the first quarter. Utah is the only undefeated team this year and deserves the title of “National Champions”.
Why did Utah not play in the national championship game?‚ Because there is no playoff system in college football.‚ Instead a computer formula using esoteric math to rank the top teams and assign them their final standings.‚ For a sport who’s motto is “Settle it on the gridiron”, this is a travesty.
Why are we stuck with the BCS system instead of a playoff?‚ Greedy big-college athletic directors and the people who run the bowl games have an anti-competitive MONOPOLY.‚ They make billions of dollars while paying their workers/athletes nothing.‚ College football is supposed to be ameteur but it is anything but: most games are televised and receive tens of billions of dollars in TV contracts.‚ Major college football teams regularly sell out their stadiums for every game, bringing billions more dollars in revenue.‚ For “student-athletes”, football is not a game, it’s a full time job.‚ No player is compensated for his time, injuries or effort.
President-Elect Barack Obama has said that he wants to change the college football BCS system.‚ I suggest that he starts by having the Justice Department investigate the NCAA and the BCS for anti-trust violations, as well as violations of labor laws.
As a football fan, I am rapidly losing my interest in college football because it is not interesting anymore to have a big debate each year over which team belongs in the BCS and because the greed of big colleges and abuse of student-athletes does not sit right with my conscience.