Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Buckeyes blown out in the title game - AGAIN!

AllState BCS Championship Game
LSU 38, Ohio State 24

My Bowl Season Final Record: 15-17

For the second season in a row, the Ohio State Buckeyes went into the de facto National Championship game as the number one team in the country with high expectations and the best record in the land.

And for the second straight season the Suckeyes got rolled like a blunt by a vastly superior SEC school, following the 41-14 debacle in the desert against the Gators in last year's championship game.

This time the drubbing was administered by the LSU Tigers, who put a fitting stamp on this wacky college football season by becoming the first two-loss team to earn the title since the inception of the BCS a decade ago. Granted the two losses were both triple-overtime thrillers, but they came against Kentucky and Arkansas, two barely-bowl-eligible clubs.

Congratulations, LSU, you are officially the best team that the bowl commissioners and television executives thought should be vying for the honor.

That being said, I think we can all agree that the Buckeyes should hereby be banned from competing in the title game for the foreseeable future--as in, for the next decade. Last night's embarrassment stated loud and clear what Big 10 haters have been crowing about for years:

1.) the league is full of big, slow teams that cannot keep up with the speedier teams in the SEC, Pac 10 or even the Big 12 conference

2.) the league MUST implement a championship game in order to weed out potential fluke teams making it to BCS games (hello, Illinois) and to give their schools a shorter break between the end of the regular season and the bowls. I mean by the time Ohio State takes the field it must seem like spring practice to them, not a title match.

At least judging by how they play the game.

3.) I must have been under the influence of some powerful mind-altering substances to pick the Buckeyes to cover, especially after I had been telling everyone all week that they were going to get drilled--and I'm an OSU fan (by marriage)! damn inflated defensive stats against inferior competition!

Hey, I didn't just grab the moniker of World's Worst Gamler, I earned it.

And so one of the wildest college football seasons ever came to a conclusion not with a bang, but with a shrug. LSU are the National Champs--tell me who outside of bayou country gives a rat's ass? The only thing everyone is talking about is how much better Georgia and USC were than some of the other BCS bowl competitors, and how a playoff system has to be put in place in order to avoid disastrous pairings like USC/Illinois and Georgia/Hawaii, or even Mizzou/Arkansas for that matter.

Congratulations, NCAA school presidents and commissioners, you managed to take one of the most topsy-turvy, thrilling, anything goes seasons and turn it into a battle cry for reform that culminated with a yawner of a title game and a twice-beaten national champ.

Only 9 more months until we have to go through it all again.

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