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Tag:college football
Posted on: January 9, 2009 3:57 pm
 

"Best Team" does not equal "Champion"

"Best team" - there's another soap box of mine.
 
We crown winners and champs.  That's the beauty of sports: Us v. Them to see who wins.  "Best team" is for beauty contests.
 
Champion does not equal best team.  Champ is because you won, best team is purely subjective opinionating.  The giants went 10-6 last year and the pats went 16-0, adn the pats beat the giants in the season.  they were the "best team" and everyone had that opinion.  but they weren't champs.  in short, best team means NOTHING.  just ask patriot fans.
 
Except in college football, where voting reigns supreme.  we dont' crown champs, we crown beauty pageant winners.  we evaluate resumes instead of head to head competition.  I think the BCS made a great stride and was well intended for crowning a champ, but all it does is give the pageant judges an out - ok, you only have to pick 2, adn we'll let them duke it out.
 
i used to think that every team has a shot - win on saturday, and you'll be fine.  lose on saturday, and point the finger at yourself first.  so boise state went undefeated a few years ago - uh, you played nobody.  a few years ago we had 3 undefeated major conference teams (usc, okla, auburn).  they were 1, 2, and 20th in the preseason poll.  him, guess which team didn't make the big game.  now this year, utah goes undefeated and crushed the no. 4 team in the nation.  and they had no shot from the very beginning of the season.
 
even if you love the bowl system, love the value of the regular season, you have to admit that that's messed up.
Posted on: January 9, 2009 3:17 pm
 

Florida: the undisputed champ

With the Gators win the BCS title game, some fans and writers and coaches are still of the opinion that the right champ was not crowned.  This is not the right question.  Of course the right champ was crowned.  The system clearly chose a champ, and without dispute, it's Florida.  The NCAA has a system, that all conferences and teams are a part of.  That system set up a game, and Florida won it.  Florida is a part of the system, USC is a part of it, Texas is a part of it, and Utah is a part of it.  That system clearly crowned Florida.
 
What happened to Texas is unfair, but that's because the pollsters screwed them by voting Okla ahead of Texas, who beat them.  The system would have worked for them had the voters had the simple sense of keeping a 1 loss Texas team ahead of a 1 loss Okla team that it beat.  What happened to USC is arguably unfair, as they too were a great team with 1-loss and got left out.  This year, their schedule hurt them, but in the past has helped, so, they've had it both ways.  Hard to cry about that.  ('course, in 2003, the BCS and their schedule didnt' work for them either).  What happened to Utah is unfair: 13 up, 13 down, including ranked opponents and a No.4 victim in the Sugar Bowl.  There was nothing else for them to do.  If people honestly thought Utah was better than Florida, they would have voted as such during the season. 
 
But the system clearly crowned a champ, and a worthy champ at that.
 
2 straight wins over No. 1 ('Bama, Okla) to end the season.  I repeat: they beat No. 1 TWICE!And Champs of the SEC.
 
I liken the college football champ to a job resume/ interview.  You evaluate your candidates subjectively in interviews and form an opinion (polls), try to combine with objective criteria, like test scores and gpa (BCS computers), and you PICK the best candidate (champ).  The merits of such a system in sports is a separate debate.  But don't confuse the clear winner of that system (Florida) with the inherent problems in it and suggest someone else should be the winner.

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