The college football season ended early Tuesday morning (eastern time) with Auburn winning the BCS National championship game over Oregon.
With the conclusion of the national title game it ended a three plus week run that saw 35 bowl games played starting back on December 18. How many of us even remember when the bowl season started, let alone the teams that played in that first game. And as we wean ourselves away from the college gridiron the question abounds if there are too many bowl games. For the teams that took part in the games it was a chance for them to showcase their talents and schools in one more game this season even if it was just for pride. But with a lot of 7-5 or 6-6 teams playing in the post-season it does seem a bit watered down unless you just like watching football.
Remember when the college bowl season basically ended on New Year's Day as the 'major bowl' games were played that day and the season was over just before midnight. Then the NCAA came up with the idea of playing some of the games just past New Years Day to extend the season to give college football fans just a little more to watch before the title game was played. At first it was just a day or two into the New Year, but in recent years the schedule kept being extended by a day or two as Monday night's contest between Auburn and Oregon was the latest ending to the college football bowl season yet.
And remember we don't have a playoff system in place because it would keep the student-athletes away from the classroom for an extra period of time. However, it's okay to play the national title game on January 10 and have these student-athletes possibly miss a few days, or week, of school so they could practice to play for a national title in football. Remember the NCAA basketball tournament has teams leaving their campus to play all across the country which has them missing time in the classroom for two or three days at a time. Just where is the reasoning behind this strategy? You can keep students out of the classroom for one game, but not for two or three weeks to take part in a playoff that could start once schools are done with final exams for the fall semester and end with a national title game a couple of days after the traditional New Year's Day games are played. It is a question that will rage on for time to come until debate over a playoff system dies off or a playoff system is approved.
And what a title game it was as defense ruled what everyone thought would be an offensive showcase between two teams that can move the ball up and down the field. It just goes to show that everything doesn't work how you think it will. Then again with a 37 day layoff between games its hard to keep an offense sharp going up against your own teammates in practice. Then again everyone says defense wins championship and that was the case in this game.
With the end of the football season already forecasters are starting to talk about next year and who will be the teams to beat once the new season starts. While it is anyone's guess who will be the team to beat (not that it matters much) let the talk begin. One team that won't be mentioned in many pre-season polls will be The Ohio State University.
With five players suspended for the first five games of the season, including quarterback Terrelle Pryor, the Buckeyes will not be favorite to compete for a national title next year. And although the Buckeye's bowl game with Arkansas has come and gone the talk about these players not being suspended for the bowl game continues. It has been a week since the game has been played, but on Monday the subject was broached again by a national media person. There are some things that just won't go away. Now that the college football season is finally over, maybe even this talk will go away for a while.