Kansas vs. Missouri for the National Title Game?

There are some things in college football I just can’t get down with. This would be one of them. When it comes to the national title picture, I’m a snob; I want to see big-time programs and dominant teams. I don’t like seeing teams luck out because their conference was weak and they played an easy non-conference schedule. Which brings us to the upcoming Kansas/Missouri game this weekend. The thought that the winner of this game could have a one-way ticket to the title game in New Orleans makes me just a wee bit uneasy.

Take the Kansas Jayhawks for instance. They played perennial powerhouses Central Michigan, Southeastern Louisiana, Toledo, and Florida International to pad their record at 4-0 to start the year. Nice little confidence-booster type games that made their players feel all warm and fuzzy inside. Missou at least took on Illinois on the road non-conference, but their schedule was hardly daunting. Oh yeah, and they’ve also already lost once to Oklahoma.

Should Kansas win this weekend and make it into the title game by winning the Big 12 conference championship game, I won’t say that they haven’t earned their way in — at that point they will have. I’m just disappointed that it will have sent the wrong message, that scheduling cupcakes is in your best interest once again. We’ve come a long way since the mid-90s to get past that point. Now I have nothing left but to hope that the winner this weekend loses to the Big 12 South champion in the conference title game. Kansas or Missouri playing for a national title? I just can’t fathom it.

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  • http://svpstyle.com ScottVanPeltStyle.com

    Florida-Kansas just seems right for a championship game.

    Oh wait, we’re talking about basketball, right?

  • http://obscuresportsquarterly.wordpress.com Gilbert

    I agree with your point about not rewarding teams for scheduling cupcakes. That, as much as any other reason, is why we need a playoff system, so teams don’t gain much from playing only cupcakes.

    I don’t agree with you however that only the big-name schools should be a championship game. In basketball, we celebrate the underdogs going deep into the tournament. Why not football? Can you imagine how much fun it would’ve been to see Boise State keep going into a tournament after they beat Oklahoma?

  • http://maxsportz.com maxsportz

    no problem with this being the Title game had they went thru a playoff. But being fortunate enough schedule wise, etc is not enough to deserve a spot. and no one deserves a spot this year,,,,, parity or whatever. A playoff is the only answer to a season like this. The only way that will ever happen would be a player protest. no one comes out of the locker room for any bowl game,,, they will have a system in place in a week

  • SpinMax

    Interesting idea. Great way for college players to show they have some power. Go on strike!

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