Since, there is no unbiased organization(s) coming together to set all programs' schedules, based upon the main factor of programs' previous year's performance, there is no true playoff and, of course, conferences have BS tie-breaking procedures I have no idea who is the true Champion and thus who was deserving of playing for The Championship. It is my belief that programs like Utah, USC and other programs, in such perceivable weak conferences, are given a huge advantage (making their tough -for them- scheduled games a lot easier). With saying that, I always go with the best Florida program (either: Miami, FSU or Florida), every year; plus in my response to Rick Reilly stupid article* the following is my response.
Without a chance to play in a playoff for The Championship, simply because one loses a single-game or a single game or even having a better record separates them from the championship participants, I believe that some programs take the bowls as a holiday and seniors worry about taking everything in and preparing to audition for The NFL (The All-American, Senior, East West Shriners' and etc Bowls and The NFL's combine) and superstar juniors worry about their decisions about leaving for The NFL and if they have already decided to do so preparing to audition for The NFL. I would be, in their shoes; let alone if I was their age.
Heck, if I was in their situation I would never be quiet and if I was a senior I would skip all the bowl activitives and game, and focus on my audition to The NFL. Might upset a lot of people, most definitely SI and ESPN, but there needs to be athletes standing up.
Of course, this applies to Alabama, Texas, Texas Tech and etc; but does not mean they all will lose. Heck, some of those programs are facing programs under the same frustrations and/or their seniors play less of a role and superstars are few of the juniors. Utah and other programs would not have the same amount of players doing the same, even though they fall under this frustration, because they are treated as lesser. Even I treat them as lesser, USC and others, because they play such a weak schedule, including conferences schedules. Of course, that is all a belief, because there is no unbiased organization(s) coming together to set all programs' schedules, there is no true playoff and, of course, conferences have BS tie-breaking procedures.
*-nothing new, SI is full of writers (Mr. King and etc) who know next to nothing, except to be biased (especially against those outside the box/culture; perfect example was Miami, inter-cities, minorities of the 80s- wanted the program punished like Southern Methodist), controversial (which is good when there is a controversy, especially when it is being ignored) and entertaining over quality (which is never good, except always profitable).
< Message edited by Great White -- 1/20/2009 6:10:03 PM >
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