Saturday was one of the best days in college football history. A thrilling Ohio State-Michigan game that came down to a failed 2 point conversion try in the final minute and will go down as one of the most memorable contests in the rivalry's history. An Iron Bowl that produced perhaps the greatest finish in the history of the sport that didn't involve the Stanford band. And let's not forget Missouri finally winning an important game and not being cursed by 5th downs or deflected kicks against Texas A&M.
But those good feelings of Saturday have disappeared in the ugly politicking of Sunday. It's appropriate that the BCS era ends this way, taking attention away from the players and putting it on the voters. With Auburn's AD saying it's "un-American" to leave an SEC champion out of the national championship game, as if anyone who says or votes otherwise deserves to be deported. With an Ohio State fanbase that has an inferiority complex the size of the Grand Canyon taking to Twitter to badger Kirk Herbstreit about being a "fake Buckeye." With rational discussion cast aside for agenda-driven analysis from the likes of Mark May. With facts tossed out the window in favor of prevailing narratives. As just one example, Colin Cowherd went on SportsCenter and said Auburn would be a touchdown favorite over Ohio State in Las Vegas when in fact the opposite is true.
The problem with college football is the true power lies in perception and media spin and not in the players who actually contest the games. Until there's a true 8 or 16 team playoff, it's unfortunately always going to be this way, with agenda-driven individuals having a say in the championship pursuit.
Enter Detroit Free Press columnist and AP voter Drew Sharp.no comments