BCS College Preview: A look into the crystal football

With 2014 being the final nail in the BCS coffin, fans have a lot for which to be thankful. Photo: Nick Saban holds up the BCS trophy/AP

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., August 20, 2013 — The Alabama Crimson Tide enter the 2013 season as the obvious favorite to win the last ever BCS title in 2014. After seven straight BCS championships, most college football fans would agree that an SEC program is likely to be hoisting up and kissing the crystal football in January.

College football fans across the nation should be reminded that only one thing is guaranteed in college football; there are no guarantees and every program violates NCAA rules. Okay, that is two guarantees and the latter is a completely different article.

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The SEC has won the last 7 BCS championships, but not by the large margin that most SEC fans will argue. The SEC dominated only Ohio State and Notre Dame in BCS Championships games.

Oregon’s De’Anthony Thomas/AP

Fans will never know what would have happened had Colt McCoy not been knocked out of the 2010 BCS title game by Marcell Dareus in the first few minutes of the game. Heisman Trophy winner Sam Bradford had Tim Tebow and company fighting until the fourth quarter in the 2009 BCS title game versus the Oklahoma Sooners. The Oregon Ducks fell just three points short to Cam Newton and the Auburn Tigers in the 2011 BCS title game.

Notre Dame has no business playing in a championship game until they join a conference. The Fighting Irish would have struggled to qualify for a bowl game in 2012 had they been forced to run in the SEC, PAC 12 or Big12 gauntlet. After the performance Notre Dame displayed in Miami in January, it is safe to assume that there are only a few teams in the SEC that Notre Dame could beat.

The measuring stick for the rest of college football outside of the SEC is not Notre Dame, nor is it Ohio State. The Buckeyes struggled to defeat the UAB Blazers during the 2012 season along with many close calls against pitiful programs. It will be a shame if any team is forced to play Ohio State in the 2014 BCS championship game because the Big Ten is not in quality football shape. The SEC, The Big 12 and The PAC 12 are the only three conferences that have shown consistency at the championship level.

Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel/AP

The PAC 12 is a very competitive and very athletic conference. Speed and athleticism is abundant at top programs like USC, Oregon, Stanford, and UCLA. Going undefeated in The PAC 12 is a very rare occurrence. Even the high and mighty SEC has had just three undefeated BCS Champions out of nine.

Thankfully, this is the last year of the BCS formula. Teams like Notre Dame and Ohio State, who play very weak schedules, will no longer be able to steal the number two spot from teams in the PAC 12 and the Big12.

Imagine Oregon wins every game this year except for one, against the USC Trojans. Well, Notre Dame or Ohio State will take Oregon’s spot at number two if either team is undefeated. This is a shame for the sport of football and it is not fair to the college football fans of America who deserve a decent championship game.

The good news is, college football is back for the year. Win all the games on your schedule, then hope and pray to the BCS gods that your team will be chosen to participate in the last ever BCS championship. Happy Football, fellow Americans.


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Billy Beene

Billy was born and raised in the deep south suburbs of Birmingham, Alabama. He is a lifelong sports fan and played football and baseball at the high school level. Billy attended Auburn University and attempted to walk on to the Tigers football team in 2003, however he was turned away. He remains a huge Auburn Tigers fan still today. He is a graduate of The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) with a bachelor of science in political science, focus in American government. And a minor in health education.

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