2010: BCS Buys More Time
Let me preface this by saying that my knowledge of the college football landscape this particular season is not as sharp as it usual is. I didn't buy a preseason mag and I haven't been paying a ridiculous amount of attention to it like i usually do.
As a normal (not over-the-top into it) fan in 2010, I've formed this theory...
This is the first time I've seen a team so clearly above the rest in college football. This Alabama team looks like a pro squad. Last year, their weakest link was their QB, and he now looks like a grizzled veteran, poised, in control, with the ability to be dangerous at any moment. The lines are both incredible, and the secondary/linebackers look like they could all fight for NFL roster spots RIGHT NOW. And that's without mentioning all the NFL skill players (STARS - not just NFL guys) and a top-notch playcalling and preparation coaching staff.
I'm not here to argue, but I saw Ohio State mess around with Miami at home and Oregon, Oklahoma, Texas, the two non-BCS schools - all of those are nice teams, but none are in the same class as Bama. I *think* we can agree on this. If you just think about the discrepancy on the lines (TCU), the skill player difference (Nebraska), each team is clearly inferior to Bama in some way or another.
My point, the #1 is Alabama, and barring a great upset, they'll be in the title game again. The #2 is a few notches below, and we still don't know who that is. If you project OSU, you can't say with a straight face that Bama wouldn't wipe the floor with them...
The SEC, to me, is NOT as strong as usual. Sure, Bama's schedule looks tough on paper, and it isn't physically EASY, but the bottom line is I wouldn't expect them to win any of those games by less than two touchdowns - including Jesusless Florida. @ Arkansas seems sneaky, but even with the sexy QB this is a team that led LA-Monroe 7-0 at the half today.
So let's say Bama coasts to an undefeated record. What the BCS wants is for OSU to get picked off (maybe by Denard's Wolverines lol). This is a year where no #2 is really going to have a shot to unseat the champs. So it's a perfect time to prove a point. Boise or TCU (or both), go undefeated, the BCS realizes they can finally prove to people that these teams shouldn't be considered in the title race... Powerhouse Bama promptly destroys one of them and it looks to everyone like the Boise Fiesta Bowl was really a magical night and that the cinderellas don't belong with the big boys on the big stage. A playoff would just show more of these lopsided matchups and lead to the same two best teams, while the system we have now is fine, we just can't be voting in any non-BCS schools. All the while, the BCS knows that the truth is that ANY TEAM would have been demolished by Bama in this given season.
I don't believe in the above but I could sure see it happening. It's cynical, but it's just a thought I had watching Trent Richardson lift Penn State players instead of weights tonight.