Goodbye BCS/I told you so.
Ah. I remember the good ol’ days at MGoBlog, when posters would debate whether there should be a playoff in college football. Needless to say, that topic was beaten to death, turned into a zombie, the zombie was beaten to death, crows picked carcass of the zombie clean, the crows turned into zombie-crows from eating the dead zombie, and then the zombie crows were beaten to death. Well, now the subject is moot. Playoffs are coming. Sure, it will only start at four, but it is just a matter of time until the NCAA starts baby stepping like Bob Wiley to more. But, I digress.
I wanted to write a diary to say goodbye to the BCS. And while I am at it, I am going to give my secret reason* for always supporting the BCS. I would actually like to hear what you guys think about it because in all of the zombie killing arguing on this board, I never heard anyone use this argument. So here it is:
Michigan had a better chance of winning the national championship with the BCS, than it does with a playoff.
While you are letting that sink in, think back to 2006 with me. The Big Ten was weaker than usual that year. Meanwhile, in the Big East, West Virginia was expected to run away with the conference and go undefeated. I thought that if Michigan made it to the BCS title game against WVU that they would win for sure. And our only real competition during the regular season for that year would be Ohio. So all Michigan had to do to win the national title that year was beat Ohio!
Well, WVU did not end up going undefeated, and Michigan did not end up beating Ohio (Why Crable!?!?), but I feel the same logic still applies to some extent. Michigan typically recruits much better than every school in the Big Ten except for Ohio. If we beat Ohio, then we have an excellent chance of going undefeated. Then, all we have to do is win ONE MORE GAME, the title game, and we are national champs. So, during down years for the Big Ten, Blue essentially only has to win 2 challenging games to win the title. Plus, if we get lucky, and the super strong SEC cannibalizes itself**, we could even end up playing an opponent in the title game that is not even that strong. So you could look at it as 1.5 challenging games to win the title.
IMHO, with a playoff we are pretty much guaranteed to have to win AT LEAST 2.5*** challenging games, and that is when the Big Ten has a down year. Maybe this sounds stupid or cheap, but that is the main reason I did not want to go to playoffs. I will take a national championship any way I can get it. I am curious to hear what y’all may think of this, so I made sure to post this sorta OT topic before the start of the season.
Now, I also have something to say to all playoff proponents everywhere, not just Michigan fans who wanted a playoff. What I have to say stems from my secondary reason for not wanting a playoff:
It sucks balls when your team is the frontrunner and they lose.
This is not a new point, nor is it a point that can really be argued. It does suck when your team loses, plain and simple! This has already happened to Red Wings fans in hockey for many years. Many times the Wings are eliminated by a low seed, despite being the pride of the Western Conference during the regular season, and the balls that Wings Fans ended up sucking on are salty and sweaty. For those of you who are not hockey fans let me explain in terms you may understand:
Let’s pretend for a second that the NCAA football playoff is 8 teams instead of 4****. The year is 2015. The Michigan Wolverines, led by the Golden Arm of Shane Morris on offense and the golden… low… pads… of Pee Wee Pipkins on defense trample the opposition en route to a 14-0 season. And now it is playoff time, so all the Boys in Blue get for that performance is a 1 seed. Expectations are high for a team that was so dominant during the regular season. The Wolverines’ first opponent is 9-3***** LSU, the 8 seed. Michigan is a heavy favorite. But LSU is able to topple the Wolverines, partly because Pipkins has trouble getting footing for most of the game since there are many missing patches of grass on the field *everyone looks in Les Miles’ direction*.
So the Les Miles thing was just a joke, but everything else in my hypothetical could actually happen someday (if it happens in the further future there will be a different QB and DT playing for Mich, but same idea.) In fact, I contend that Michigan is such a strong program that one day we WILL be the clear cut number 1, and we WILL lose to an inferior foe, and it WILL suck balls. It may not even happen in our lifetimes, but it WILL happen. And for when it happens, I want to be the first to say this to playoff proponents everywhere:
I told you so.
When you said you wanted a playoff, this ball sucking was also what you were agreeing to. I know you most of you may not care. I hope the diary discussion doesn’t turn into ANOTHER argument about the merits of a playoff. I mean, what are we going to do, grind the dead zombie-crows into dust and snort them like cocaine? I did not write this diary to argue. The argument is moot as playoffs are coming, whether we like it or not.
When I ask myself why I wrote this diary I think I just wanted to mourn the BCS. It is something I liked because the above scenario, where your favorite team loses early as the big frontrunner,r has happened to me many times with my precious Red Wings, and now I have to accept that it may happen with my precious Wolverines. I also wanted to reveal my secret reason for liking the BCS and see what y’all think about it. And I wanted to say “I told you so.” Because when it came to the playoff argument, I lost. And I AM a sore loser.
*I have other reasons for liking the BCS, but this was the reason I never told anyone on the boards.
**Everyone has at least 2 losses.
***Thanks to the addition of the B1G Title game, it is now probably more like 3.5 challenging games. This post was mainly talking about the days before the Conference Title Game. Either way it is the same idea. Michigan has to play AT LEAST one more challenging game.
****Let’s face it, this is probably going to happen eventually anyway.
*****I am aware that it is unlikely a 3 loss team finished the season ranked as high as 8, but I contend that it is possible.