Another Bowl Championship Series season is over and none of us really know who the best team in the country is. We had an inkling this could happen early on when little Appalachian State knocked off Michigan on its home field to start the season. After that it was a weekly series of domino's which resulted in twice beaten LSU ending up the national champion after pounding Ohio State on Monday night.
Was LSU the best team in the country this season when it all ended? I have serious doubts if they were the best team in their own conference, let alone the country. Husky fans saw a sampling of what Ohio State had to offer this year. The lowly Huskies had them on the rope for most of the game. It took a dramatic turn around in the third quarter fueled by the Husky not so special teams for the Buckeyes to come out on top in that one.
Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl? Sure they were undefeated, but their signature win was over that same lowly Washington team that led them by as many as 21 points in that season ending contest. The match up with Georgia showed that unlike Boise State the year before they didn't belong in the BCS playing that type of schedule.
The two best teams in the country at the end of the season were USC, and Georgia. USC demolished Illinois in the Rose Bowl. The Illini of course didn't belong in the game even though they did upset Ohio State earlier in the year. Georgia, or Missouri where much more worthy opponents. Still the Rose Bowl insisted on a Pac Ten/Big Ten match up and what we got was an old fashioned massacre.
Missouri could have been there at the end, but two losses to Oklahoma during the regular season sealed their fate. Oklahoma? The Sooners ended up getting totally humiliated by West Virginia.
The BCS is not a perfect system, we all know that. The only way you are going to have a true national champion most years in this age of parity is have an eight team seeded play off which involves the top four bowls. Week one would have the January 1st bowl. The winners would advance the following week, and finally two weeks after the first you would be able to crown a true champion of college football.
Who was the best team at the end of the season this year? I would have to go with USC followed closely by Georgia. I don't think either of those teams would have had a problem beating Ohio State, or LSU.
There is always next year, and the BCS admittedly has gotten it close, if not right in most years since its inception, but parity is a fact of life now in the BCS. I think in the future we will see more messes like this year than true championship contests to end the season.
College football needs a playoff involving the major bowl games. They need to get that accomplished in the next TV contract.