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Would a college football playoff work…

bowl-season-logoHere is a guest column from my friend and co-blogger for Kicks Soccer blog, Alex Haueter. He’s quite knowledgable, and he approached me about a post National Championship Game post/column. So here are his words.

When Sam Bradford’s pass fell incomplete on fourth-and-four with about two-and-a-half minutes remaining in Thursday’s BCS National Championship Game, pens hit paper and fingers struck keyboards throughout the country as sports writers began an annual ritual.

The summary of a title game between two good teams?

Don’t be so naive.

Instead, American sportswriters have come to prefer bashing the BCS instead of writing about it. Even in the Associated Press’ summary of the game, the writer includes an obligatory reference to a college playoff system. Florida’s win got it the silverware, but fans of Texas, USC and Utah are hardly willing to acknowledge the Gators as national champions.

Do these other teams have an argument? Of course, they do. Utah did all that was asked of it, winning its games by an average of almost 20 points with an early season win at Michigan and victories over (at the time) 12th-ranked Texas Christian, 14th-ranked Brigham Young and fourth-ranked Alabama, a team that spent much of the season atop the polls. Texas was a missed tackle away from a perfect season, and beat Oklahoma on a neutral field by the same spread as Florida. USC’s stifling defense held its opposition to barely more than a touchdown per game, and probably would have done so against Penn State in the Rose Bowl had the game not been out of hand by halftime.

At the end of the season, the BCS is not the right way to find a national champion. Anything involving computers and algorithms that the average fan can’t understand isn’t. The system it replaced wasn’t perfect, either, but there was room for compromise through split national titles. Those, of course, caused plenty of debate, too. Remember the 1997 season? At the end of the year, Nebraska and Michigan shared the honor, despite the feeling of most pundits that the Cornhuskers would have easily handled the Wolverines had they played at year’s end. Continue reading

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Was race the issue?

Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill is doused at the end of their 42-24 victory over Ball State in the Mid-American Conference NCAA championship football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP)

Buffalo head football coach Turner Gill is doused at the end of their 42-24 victory over Ball State in the Mid-American Conference NCAA championship football game at Ford Field in Detroit, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008. (AP)

Charles Barkley was very adamant in who he wanted to take over his Auburn Tigers when on TNT for NBA coverage last week. And with Auburn’s decision, Barkley is screaming foul.

Barkley called for Auburn to hire ex-Nebraska coach and quarterback Turner Gill — now head coach at Buffalo University. Barkley sited Gill’s wonderful job at Buffalo and his ability to turn a once laughing stock of Division I football into a conference champion in just three years.

However, Auburn decided to hire Iowa State head coach Gene Chizik instead.

Barkley came out after the official announcement of Chizik and claimed the only reason the Tigers didn’t hire Gill was because Gill happens to be an African-American.

“I think race was the No. 1 factor,” said Barkley, who played basketball for Auburn before a long NBA career. “You can say it’s not about race, but you can’t compare the two resumes and say [Chizik] deserved the job. Out of all the coaches they interviewed, Chizik probably had the worst resume.”

And you know what? Barkley has a point. Continue reading

Oklahoma clearly cream of Big 12 crop

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford (14) celebrates with offensive lineman Brian Simmons after Oklahoma scored a touchdown against Missouri during the second quarter of the Big 12 Championship football game Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008 in Kansas City, Mo. (AP)

The Big 12 Conference Championship is over, and there is a clear cut winner of the conference.

With all the controversy that has befallen the conference and the inclusion of the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Championship game over Texas, I still think the correct team was in the game. And I have a feeling that Missouri thinks so too.

Last night, Oklahoma bludgeoned the Tigers of Missouri to the tune of 62-21 — marking the fifth straight game the Sooners had scored 60 or more — and in all reality clinching a spot in the BCS Championship Game.

Yes, a rematch between OU and Texas would be great fun to watch, and I wish it was possible. However, without that game to watch, Oklahoma just looks like the better team right now. Not only that but I believe the Sooners have the best chance of beating Florida in the BCS Championship.

Texas is a great team, and they are second by just the slimmest of margins. But, they are a clear second in my opinion. Anyway, here’s my Big 12 rankings: Continue reading

Prince to resign from KSU

In this Nov. 17, 2007, file photo, Kansas State coach Ron Prince watches the final moments of an NCA college football game against Missouri in Manhattan, Kan. Prince will not return for the 2009 season, stepping aside after failing to rebuild the Wildcats into a Big 12 contender. Athletic director Bob Krause announced Prince's resignation Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP)

In this Nov. 17, 2007, file photo, Kansas State coach Ron Prince watches the final moments of an NCA college football game against Missouri in Manhattan, Kan. Prince will not return for the 2009 season, stepping aside after failing to rebuild the Wildcats into a Big 12 contender. Athletic director Bob Krause announced Prince's resignation Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2008. (AP)

After what one can only call a disappointing two-and-a-half seasons at the helm of Kansas State, reports say Ron Prince is expected to resign effective at the end of this season.

Prince’s Wildcats are currently 4-5, and have gone 16-18 since he took over for the retired Bill Snyder. Prince signed a contract extension during the offseason that goes through 2012 — a great investment and idea by Kansas State.

“We are in a performance-based profession and have made this decision in the best long-term interest of both the university and its football program,” Kansas State athletic director Bob Krause said in a statement. “Our goal remains the same: to build a winning program that is positioned to consistently compete for championships. I appreciate the hard work and dedication that Coach Prince and his staff have put in over the last three seasons and wish him the very best for the future.”

Really, this situation reminds me of last season with Bill Callahan in Nebraska. Callahan, as you all remember, was given a contract extension before the season — one that was much more deserved than Prince’s — and had a horrible year. Callahan never lived up to his huge hype, and Prince never lived up to his promise.

Prince was known as a players coach, and a great offensive mind who will develop young talent. However, he never went after young talent — instead relying on junior college players to fill his roster — and the talented players he has, such as Josh Freeman, haven’t lived up to their potential either.

Hearing from a few K-State fans who are friends of mine, it was time to move on. Heck, many of them were calling for his head after last season — never mind the contract extension. The Prince experiment is over, and it’s time to move on in Manhattan, KS.

Gameday, 10/11

Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham (18) falls into the end zone over Texas cornerback Ryan Palmer (13) on a 52-yard touchdown pass play during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Dallas. (AP)

Oklahoma tight end Jermaine Gresham (18) falls into the end zone over Texas cornerback Ryan Palmer (13) on a 52-yard touchdown pass play during the second quarter of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Oct. 11, 2008, in Dallas. (AP)

OK, I’ve been getting lazy lately without writing the post game story after the Missouri game, no national news, didn’t break down Texas Tech and Nebraska the way I have been the past couple of weeks. I’m sorry, the only excuse I have is I was busy finishing a graduation portfolio and turning it in – so I can get my lamb skin – and I know that’s not that good of an excuse, but I’ll try harder next week.

Anyway, with that out of the way it’s time to start talking some weekend football. Today is chalked full of games worth watching – from Texas v. Oklahoma to Florida v. LSU – not withstanding is Nebraska’s game in Lubbock against Texas Tech.

Objectively, there is no way that Texas Tech doesn’t win Continue reading

Good and bad day for the Big XII

Well this night seems to be both good and bad for the Big XII conference, with two games featuring Big XII teams being played. Obviously the marquee game was (13) Kansas at (19) South Florida but although less publicized another “measuring stick” game was Big XII cellar dweller Baylor hosting their Pac-10 counterpart in Washington State.

First the good … With Baylor dominating Washington State 45-17 in Waco, Texas – the Big XII has proven that they are a better conference top to bottom than the Pac-10. I don’t really think this was ever in doubt, but it’s just nice to have some sort of proof. If anyone wants to argue that the Pac-10 is a better conference, they are more than free to – however, they are wrong in every way.

If you look at the Big XII, yes they don’t have USC but they do have Oklahoma, Texas, Missouri and Texas Tech. You see, those four are all Top-10 caliber teams, where as the Pac-10 doesn’t Continue reading

USC tops polls; ECU enters after 9-year absence

Polls were released for College football from the AP and Coach’s today and surprise surprise, the USC Trojans top the list of teams yet again. However, the real story from this week’s polls is the addition of Eastern Carolina in the polls.

The Pirates of Eastern Carolina entered into the 14th spot in the AP and 20th in the Coach’s polls Continue reading