College football thrives on passion, tradition, and the importance of the sport varies upon the culture you live in. With Oregon not having a professional team in the state, it looks elsewhere, specifically its college brand to cheer on this brilliant sport. But on one fatal play in overtime this season all of Oregon’s 2012 football season has been established.
Sure, Marcus Mariota has had numbers that rival Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M and he’s barely played any full-length football games before November. Kenjon Barner leads all running backs in the nation with 21 touchdowns and averages 135.33 yards per game rushing, which is fourth in the nation.
But all of that doesn’t matter. In fact, Oregon’s 2012 season is defined by one moment in one game – the field goal miss by a backup field goal kicker against Stanford.
That’s why, without a playoff, why college football is the most ridiculous sport there is in the nation.
No sport should be defined on one moment, and every real game is defined by more that one moment. This includes all college sports and pro sports, nothing is more anal than college football. If anyone screws up in the regular season outside of college football they still have a chance in the postseason. This is not the case with FBS level college football.
Notre Dame, by virtue of elimination, should be in the national championship. But do they deserve it? Absolutely not. They have what turns out to be an awful schedule. Only impressively beating Oklahoma and leaving victories over Michigan, Pittsburgh, and Boston College questionable to how dominant they really are. But since Oregon couldn’t make a field goal in overtime, because Kansas State couldn’t handle the pressure against Baylor, because LSU couldn’t stop a last minute drive against Alabama, I’m supposed to believe Notre Dame is the best team in the nation.
Sorry, but just like last season’s SEC shitfest in a rematch between LSU vs. Alabama, we were left with an unsatsifying conclusion to the college football season.
This year’s will at least be a little better – it won’t face two SEC teams. But will it define the actual winner of the 2012 season? Nope, because college football has decided its champions the worst way possible since inception. The BCS hasn’t improved it at all, and until there’s some sort of playoff that’s established, every winner will have an asterisk because they wouldn’t have faced the best talent late in the season. Which a tournament provides.
Brian Spaen is the lead editor for Autzen Zoo. See his banter with other FanSided writers and love for his favorite west coast professional teams by following him on Twitter.