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The winner of the “Living with Sportz” Fan of the Day for December 3rd is Jack Oujo. Jack is a fellow former umpire and a partner of mine in AAA and Florida Winter Leagues. Jack is a very good friend of mine. Jack has been a supporter of LWS and continually gives feedback and support. Jack is definitely “Living with Sportz.” Congrats Jack!!!

Good Luck to the Elizabeth Cardinals who are playing in the Colorado State Championships in Football on Saturday. The Cardinals are coached by a fan of Living with Sportz and good friend, Kirt Woodman. Lets bring them some Living with Sportz Karma on Saturday. Go Cardinals!!!

Tomorrow is the Living with Sportz College Football Top Picks. The Top Pick is 10-2 this season. It will be released at approx 3:30am on Saturday morning. Check it out.

Coryell Factor–The Chargers led the league in passing yards an NFL record 6 consecutive years from 1978-1983 and again in 1985
Don Coryell, Hall of Fame 2011

Today’s Article:

I wrote an article back on October 5th that talked about why we need a college football playoff and all of the bogus reasons the university presidents give us. This article gets 30-40 readers a day by google referrals and is one of the most read articles I have ever written. I have included the link to this article if you would like to see my feelings and what I believe are the feelings of millions of college football fans.


Today’s article is going to talk about how the BCS got let off the hook again this season and puts the idea of a college playoff on the back burner once again. This season was shaping up to be the season that propelled the college football world into the modern era, where the champion was decided on the field and not in the polls or by some computers. Not anymore.

Yes, we have 3 undefeated teams but the hierarchy of the NCAA and BCS will talk about the fact that TCU only defeated one top 25 team this season. They will claim that again, they have the two best teams in college football playing for the championship. Oregon and Auburn have proved it on the field and all of us will have to wait even longer for a college football playoff.

Going into the games tomorrow, I have such mixed feelings. I would love to see Oregon play Auburn in the championship game and believe it would be a game for the ages BUT if one of those teams lose tomorrow, the BCS will be forced to have TCU play for the championship. If both teams happened to get upset, Oh Boy, now that would be some terrific conversation. Do either of these teams still get an opportunity at a championship? Auburn has defeated 5 teams that are currently in the Top 25 of the recent polls. Oregon, TCU, Wisconsin and Stanford have defeated a total of 5 teams that are in the Top 25. Therefore, I believe that Auburn may and probably will play for the championship even if South Carolina upsets them tomorrow. Can you see all of the BCS board members rubbing their hands together like a bunch of misers hoping that Oregon and Auburn win tomorrow so they can give all of us, the true college football fans, a big “We told you so.” We will hear stories of “We got it right again” and “The BCS is working just fine.”

As much as I would love to see an Oregon/Auburn championship game, I admit that I am pulling for an upset tomorrow. I want the BCS to be nervous and forced to give us a playoff. Why do I want a playoff so badly? Because I want more football. It is now December and I am already having withdrawal attacks at the thought of the college football season completion. After this week, we have the Army/Navy game and then the bowl season starts. It is almost over and I want it to be getting warmed up.

Are their two teams playing better football right now than Stanford or Wisconsin? Could you see an 8 or 16 game playoff with the top teams in college football. If you read the past article from October, you will see the remedy for having this happen. The intensity and dollars that would be generated would be second to none. I believe the playoffs would draw the highest TV ratings in history. It also would allow a team to lose a game and still prove they are the best team in America. Is there a better time of the year than March Madness? Why do we all tune in, because the opportunity to see an upset or two along the way. The same could be true for college football. I also explain in that past article, how the NCAA and BCS could keep their beloved and archaic Bowls and yet give us a playoff. It is time to get into the 21st century and give the fans what we want–A college football playoff.

Tomorrow will be a great day as Auburn takes on South Carolina in the SEC Championship Game and Oregon/Oregon State do battle in the Civil War. I don’t know who to cheer for because I am so mixed on the consequences of the results of these games. I will live in the moment and appreciate the exploits of these two great teams. Without an upset, I am here to tell you that the BCS will shove it down our throats that they got it right once again and the current system is perfect for college football. I am interested in how you feel about the current system in FBS college football. I don’t want to hear from Auburn or Oregon fans, we already know who you are pulling for tomorrow. This year you are the winners barring an upset tomorrow.

How about the Auburn Tigers of 2004, who were undefeated and left out of the championship game. How did you feel about the system then? Probably like the rest of us. Wouldn’t we all love to see Andrew Luck take on Cam Newton in a playoff game or Wisconsin take on the Oregon Ducks. The Badgers facing the Ducks might break records for the most points scored. That is what I call entertaining. College football is entertaining and the amount of dollars that a college football playoff could make is too hard to ignore any longer. I also admit that I would love to see how TCU compares to the boys from the BCS conferences.

I said all year that Boise State was not one of the best two teams in college football. Even though last Friday night’s loss to Nevada made me correct, it also let the BCS off the hook as now they only have to look at TCU. I now wish that Boise had defeated Nevada as the pressure the BCS would have felt would have been too hard to ignore and maybe, just maybe, we could have expedited a playoff in the near future.

For now, we have to tolerate the current situation and deal with the fact that although the fans want a playoff, we are at the mercy of this ridiculous system where the national championship game is decided by the polls and computers rather than in the battle of competition. I will be watching all of the action tomorrow and don’t know who I want to win while knowing that the only losers are the fans of college football.


About livingwithsportz

I was a professional baseball umpire for 11 seasons from 1979-1989. I follow all sports and read and study everything to do with all aspects of sport. I am now a 50 yr old man who feels the need for a new career and am hoping to get into the sports information age. I love starting discussions about controversial sports and life subjects. I am originally from Wisconsin. I am a diehard cheesehead and have been a lifelong Packer and Badger fan. I have lived all over the country and hope to give an interesting perspective to sports.


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