There were a lot of wonderful things that Tim Tebow and the Florida Gators did on Saturday night as they crushed LSU 51-21 in front of a packed house at the Swamp.
They reminded everyone that there were one of the best teams in the Southeastern Conference which means one of the best teams in the country. They showed how that speed kills with a cadre of receivers and running backs that flat out burn the competition. And Tebow showed that he’s maturing as a quarterback, as he managed the game effectively, by both throwing the long ball or using his legs to sprint into the end zone.
But do you want to know the best thing about the Gators win?
It culminated a great day of chaos for the Bowl Championship Series and showed that the Gators still have a legitimate shot to be in the BCS Championship game next January (along with two lucky winners of the BCS ticket giveaway being held by www.FLSportsFan.com.)
The Gators sent undefeated LSU down to defeat. Earlier in the day Texas did the same to No. 1 ranked Oklahoma. Oklahoma State pulled out a victory over Big 12 rival Missouri, which was also undefeated. Undefeated Vanderbilt lost to Mississippi State. So just like that a handful of once unbeaten teams are left wondering if national championship dreams have faded to black.
I love it when the poll rankings get totally scrambled like this and the entire BCS turns into a maddening mess. Why? Because it exposes the fallacy that underlies the current system. There is no reason on earth why Florida fans should have to fret that their team has no shot at the national championship because they lost by one point to Ole Miss. As the New York Giants demonstrated last season in the NFL, the team with the best won-loss record isn’t always the best team on the field come championship time.
In front of a national television audience, the Gators showed that on the right day they can’t be beat. The team played good enough Saturday night to beat Alabama, Penn State, Texas or any of the current unbeatens.
Fans across America deserve a playoff, plain and simple. The game should be won on the field not in the electronic circuitry of a computer-generated poll that is part of the current BCS system.
There is right now a real possibility that the Penn State Nittany Lions could be in the BCS Championship Game despite playing in one of the weakest “major” conferences. (I mean, even if Penn State beats Ohio State, what does that prove? The Buckeyes were crushed by USC.) But unlike Florida – or the teams in the Atlantic Coast Conference or Big 12 – the Nittany Lions don’t have to play a championship game at the end of the season.
Gimme a break. That’s wrong. The system needs to be revamped. And if the university presidents and bowl officials don’t want to do it, then Congress ought to step in and say, ‘Ok, you want to keep getting federal money? Then fix it now.’ (Yeah, I know have politicians intervene rubs people the wrong way, but let’s face it, Florida would have never agreed to play Florida State if the state Legislature had not started talking about it seriously.)
You could keep the bowls and current championship games to build the new playoff system. And whether it’s a final four, or final eight, there’s a way to make it happen.
So until the fans get what they want, I’ll keep rooting for chaos. Thanks Tim Tebow, thanks Gators.
P.S. If you want to get your shot to sit on the 50-yard line of the 2009 BCS Championship Game, all you have to do is go to www.FLSportsFan.com and click on BCS Championship Game Giveway.