With Florida’s victory over Ohio State, the Gators are the “official” BCS Champions, but that doesn’t mean that there isn’t controversy yet again:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Jan. 9 — Florida Coach Urban Meyer was awarded national championship trophies Tuesday, while the nation’s only undefeated team, Boise State, was forced to settle for a fifth-place final ranking in the Associated Press poll.
The postseason’s most thrilling game occurred in the same stadium as the national title game, University of Phoenix Stadium, but a week earlier. Boise State’s zany 43-42 overtime victory over Oklahoma will be cited as a prime reason why some type of playoff structure is needed in the future.
The Broncos (13-0) were denied a chance to play for the national title and received only one first-place vote in the AP poll. The lone voter who did not vote Florida at No. 1 was Greg Archuleta of the Albuquerque Journal. It’s worth noting that, even under a plus-one model, Boise State would not get a chance to play for a title.
So now the question is, should Boise State have been given a chance at the national title, unofficial though it may be ?
The solution, obviously, would be a playoff system of some kind. The NCAA does it in Basketball and in the lower-level divisions for football (not to mention sports like lacrosse and soccer), so there isn’t any real reason why it couldn’t happen for big-time College Football.
For fans, the answer is yes. For the colleges who run the NCAA, the people who run the Bowl Games, the television guys, and the sponsors, though, I think the answer is a resounding NO. And as long as that’s the case, the BCS is likely to be the best we’re going to get.