What controversy? Stop Crying!
Now some will dismiss my opinions as an Alabama fan and SEC supporter (some may have clicked off the page by now), but please listen to why the system wasn't broken, and if there's a need for a playoff system, this new 4-team system is more than enough to get it right.
For starters, the SEC has now won 6 consecutive National Championships. For years we have watched the SEC dominate the Big Ten and Big 12 in National Championship games. The only recent close game was Auburn over Oregon (Pac 12). How embarrassing were some of those games? Whether it was Oklahoma, Texas or Ohio State, the SEC just made it look like the SEC was the most dominant conference in America.
Last year the Nation watched LSU dominate the regular season; arguably one of the most dominant regular seasons in the history of college football. After their overtime win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa, nobody thought LSU could lose. Then, after their SEC championship game win, some said (including me) LSU earned at least a co-share of the National Championship regardless their bowl outcome.
Nobody thought in a million years Oklahoma State would lose to Iowa State. They were installed as a 24 point favorite on the road by Vegas odds makers. They were set up to face LSU for the National Championship. They didn't need to win by 24 points; all they had to do was win. When they lost that game in Overtime it opened the door for Alabama to be considered for a re-match. Despite not winning the SEC west, Alabama was granted a re-match for the National Championship.
Oklahoma State supporters went nuts. Head coach (I'm a man, I'm 40) Mike Gundy made his case and thought his team deserved that chance despite losing to Iowa State. Even before the loss to Iowa State, I was amused at the success of this team and their ability to survive certain games despite their 118 ranked defense. Could you imagine what LSU would do to this team in a National Championship game? I had predicted a score of 44-17.
Based on previous history of a great defense against a great offense, the great defense wins 99% of the time. Who wanted to see that movie again? I wanted to create an alternate universe just to shut up Ok State supporters, so we could witness LSU embarrass such an overrated team from a conference having a down year.
People tried to make cases for Stanford and Oregon. They actually cancelled the other out based on Andrew having no luck when he threw 3 interceptions against Oregon's mediocre at best defense. The Ducks then laid an egg against USC; proving they weren't deserving of their re-match against LSU.
Once the re-match was announced I knew Alabama was going to win the game. I still felt LSU deserved to be co-National Champions, well, until the game was played. The way Alabama dominated LSU, it had to shut up those who felt other schools were deserving. In my opinion the BCS got it right. Had Oklahoma State lost to any other Big 12 school earlier in the year, they would've been playing for the National Championship. Losing to Iowa State changed everything.
By the way, for those who made cases for Ok State, Oregon and Stanford; they all forgot about Arkansas, whose only 2 losses on the season came at the hands of LSU and Alabama. Arkansas then went on to beat up a Big 12 school (K-State) in a bowl game. A case can be made the 3 best schools in 2011 came from the SEC. So for all those crying and claiming conference bias--the numbers don't lie. If you do the math--Arkansas beat Kansas State, who Oklahoma State struggled to beat. Alabama and LSU destroyed Arkansas. Get it?
For years the nation has cried to get rid of college football's version of the evil empire aka the BCS. The Boise State's, Utah's and TCU's of the world feel they have been snubbed of their opportunity to play for a National Championship. The only problem with their undefeated seasons was the lack of competition every week in lesser conferences. They clearly proved they could play with the big boys in bowl games, but the body of work is what matters most. Would said schools really have gone unbeaten playing in any major conference?
This new playoff system is as close to a plus 1 game as we're going to get. While I do believe we may see an 8-team or more playoff system in the future--I feel it isn't needed. Roll Tide!!!!!