Personally, I’m rooting for the mother of all BcS Armageddon scenarios to take place over the next two weeks: Auburn loses to Alabama in the Iron Bowl Friday, routs South Carolina in the SEC title game, then leapfrogs an unbeaten Boise State/TCU into the national title game.
Why would I root for two non-automatic qualifiers that I’ve championed all season long as title-worthy to be screwed over in such a blatant manner? It’s simple, really; to further expose the BcS as the corrupt, sham of a cartel that it is.
That opinion of the current system used to determine the national champion, which has been rattling around the vacant expanses between my ears for years, was further buttressed today by the smug, mine-doesn’t-stink comments offered up by the leader one of the most powerful programs in this football shell game.
Speaking to the Associated Press Wednesday, Ohio State president E. Gordon Gee, in addition to the tired threat of going back to the old bowl system if the BcS is abolished, stated in no uncertain terms that teams such as Boise State and TCU do not deserve a shot at the national title.
“Well, I don’t know enough about the Xs and Os of college football,” said Gee, who then solidified his self-analysis by continuing to speak on the subject. “I do know, having been both a Southeastern Conference president and a Big Ten president, that it’s like murderer’s row every week for these schools. We do not play the Little Sisters of the Poor. We play very fine schools on any given day. So I think until a university runs through that gauntlet that there’s some reason to believe that they not be the best teams to (be) in the big ballgame.”
So, let me get this straight. Penn State, Indiana, Illinois, Purdue, Minnesota, Michigan, Eastern Michigan, Ohio University and Marshall somehow constitutes a portion of some murderer’s row that should cast shame on the slates of Boise State and TCU? Really, bow-tied one? You could plausibly make the murderer’s row argument when it comes to the SEC, although not as much this year based on the East’s plunge into mediocrity. But the Big Ten and intimating a brutal gauntlet in the same argument used to knock down Boise State and TCU? That is the height of arrogance.
Look, these asinine statements from Gee don’t exactly plow new ground. It’s patently obvious, based on the discrepancies in BcS payouts to automatic qualifiers as compared to non-automatic qualifiers, the all-powerful presidents aren’t interested in a fair and equitable system to determine a national champion; rather, their sole interest is how to funnel the majority of the funds created by the current system into the coffers of the Big Six conferences.
The only thing that Gee’s comments do is further solidify the fact that it will take action on the part of the Justice Department or other facets of the United States government — or the threat of action — in order to create a playoff system.