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In this, Year 15 of the Bowl Championship Series, it has become abundantly clear that an alternative to the old-school bowl system, save for a true college football playoff, rates up there with watching paint dry or whatever godawful reality TV series happens to be trending.
The BCS is a failure. Always has been, always will be. It’s just too obvious to excuse anymore.
Influenced by the mutated, self-serving way that only power-hungry, control freak-crazy individuals, these being the leaders from the cash-cow conferences, can be, what has evolved … is a classic example of devolving.
In short, interest in the sport’s postseason has waned, not gained.
Tickets purchased to them or not, bowl games are not being attended anywhere near capacity levels. The empty seats at the Sugar Bowl on Wednesday night were embarrassing and they were an improvement from the tumbleweeds blowing through the upper deck at the Orange Bowl the night before.
It’s little change from year to year. As the college football regular season winds down in late November, the coaching carousel starts to kick into high gear. Guys get fired, guys get hired. Some move up in status or conference level, some move out.
A month later, the pros get into the act. The NFL closes out its annual Week 17 and heads start to roll. It becomes all about play-for-pay X-and-O retreads being rolled out as the answer to some ailing organization’s woes, how that Sunday experience is so vital, so necessary.
Save for some against-the-grain shots by owners who are told “better,” it is pretty rare to see much crossover between the college and pro games despite each have an overlap at the same stage – the give-up, start-over one by so many of its participants.
In the waning hours of 2012, though, it is quite clear that is not the case this time around.
Oregon’s Chip Kelly has been rumored to be the hot coaching commodity among NFL execs in search of that next franchise savior just about all season. He’d been in the running for the Tampa Bay gig just about the same time a year ago before the Bucs settled on Rutgers’ Greg Schiano.
BCS National Championship News: Nick Saban Waking Up The Echoes By Challenging Legacy Of Irish's Leahy
In the crazy, kooky, ever-cosmic world that is college athletics, you’d have to figure there was some type of connection or link looming underneath the surface of the BCS title game set for Jan. 7 at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium.
Yeah, yeah, you got the obvious: No. 1 vs. No. 2, two powerhouses with football traditions to match any other, All-Americans aplenty on both sides. Basically, just what you’d expect – and want – with the likes of Notre Dame and Alabama.
The somewhat hidden gem to this matchup, though, is a West Virginia kid’s further infiltration into the ultimate hierarchy of greatness in the game’s coaching annals.
No, Nick Saban isn’t exactly new to big games or big things, but, still, he’s on the cusp of breaking down any barriers between himself and a true legacy – a true legacy with an Irish slant.
From 1946 through 1949, Frank Leahy won three national titles while running the post-war gridiron machine at Notre Dame. No coach has pulled the 3-for-4 championship effort ever since in a four-year span.
Saban has the opportunity to do just that if he can direct his Crimson Tide past the Manti Te’o-led Irish.
OK, with Weeks 1 and 2 out of the way, the college football bowl season starts to get a little more serious heading up to the BCS Championship Game on January 6.
But we’ll leave that meeting of No. 1 Notre Dame vs. No. 2 Alabama at Miami’s Sun Life Stadium discussion for a later date.
Right now, let’s look at everything left from New Year’s Eve until then.
Music City Bowl – North Carolina State (7-5) vs. Vanderbilt (8-4): The Commodores are shooting for their first 9-win season since they pulled that feat under the direction of the great Dan McGugin in 1915. That seems to be about the same time Pack QB Mike Glennon started matriculating in Raleigh, N.C.
Sun Bowl – Southern California (7-5) vs. Georgia Tech (6-7): Remember way back when the Trojans were ranked No. 1 and Matt Barkley was the Heisman favorite? Me neither.
Liberty Bowl – Iowa State (6-6) vs. Tulsa (10-3): Kinda funny to think a Conference USA squad should beat one from the Big 12.
With word coming out of New York on Thursday that Mark Sanchez will now replace a possibly concussed Greg McElroy as Jets starting quarterback for the team’s season finale against Buffalo this weekend, reality just got delivered with piercing, shiv-in-the-back clarity:
Tim Tebow, you are gone, brother.
For all the hoopla and hysteria that enveloped the acquisition of the former Heisman-winning quarterback and apparent right hand to the big fella up in the heavens if you believe those who genuflect before him, Tebow has been nothing more than a cartoon character in the Big Apple.
Sanchez’s backup, or competition? Puh-leeze. Tebow didn’t even get to be the guy’s go-fer. With this latest move, head coach Rex Ryan bypassed his supposed No. 2 signal-caller for the second time in three weeks – in favor of a lesser talent and now, in essence, damaged goods.