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Florida: the undisputed champ

Posted on: January 9, 2009 3:17 pm

With the Gators win the BCS title game, some fans and writers and coaches are still of the opinion that the right champ was not crowned.  This is not the right question.  Of course the right champ was crowned.  The system clearly chose a champ, and without dispute, it's Florida.  The NCAA has a system, that all conferences and teams are a part of.  That system set up a game, and Florida won it.  Florida is a part of the system, USC is a part of it, Texas is a part of it, and Utah is a part of it.  That system clearly crowned Florida.
What happened to Texas is unfair, but that's because the pollsters screwed them by voting Okla ahead of Texas, who beat them.  The system would have worked for them had the voters had the simple sense of keeping a 1 loss Texas team ahead of a 1 loss Okla team that it beat.  What happened to USC is arguably unfair, as they too were a great team with 1-loss and got left out.  This year, their schedule hurt them, but in the past has helped, so, they've had it both ways.  Hard to cry about that.  ('course, in 2003, the BCS and their schedule didnt' work for them either).  What happened to Utah is unfair: 13 up, 13 down, including ranked opponents and a No.4 victim in the Sugar Bowl.  There was nothing else for them to do.  If people honestly thought Utah was better than Florida, they would have voted as such during the season. 
But the system clearly crowned a champ, and a worthy champ at that.
2 straight wins over No. 1 ('Bama, Okla) to end the season.  I repeat: they beat No. 1 TWICE!And Champs of the SEC.
I liken the college football champ to a job resume/ interview.  You evaluate your candidates subjectively in interviews and form an opinion (polls), try to combine with objective criteria, like test scores and gpa (BCS computers), and you PICK the best candidate (champ).  The merits of such a system in sports is a separate debate.  But don't confuse the clear winner of that system (Florida) with the inherent problems in it and suggest someone else should be the winner.

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