Worst College Football Season Is Finally Over

Thank goodness — I’m out of my misery. As I declared two-thirds of the way into this hideous mess, we were witnessing the worst college football season ever. I have no doubts. The fact that we have a two-loss national championship team is a joke. I’m not buying it. The fact that no team was good enough to go undefeated is sad. The fact that we couldn’t find more than one respectable one-loss program is sad. And most of all, the fact that everyone is screaming for a playoff now, not to mention the fact that everyone is rushing to stack their schedules with patsies, is wrong.

There is no right way to arrange post-season play in college football. Heck, I’m not even fond of March Madness. I’m big on the regular season; teams should prove over the course of the long haul that they are superior to their competition. I’m not keen on the idea of teams getting hot at the exact right time to get some hardware. That’s what I’ve always loved about college football — one loss and you’re done. What could be better than that? Every single week is a playoff the way I see it. We have 13 weeks of playoffs! Why would you want to cheapen that?

I still believe firmly that schools should continue to play difficult non-conference schedules in order to prove their mettle. I also believe that this happened to be a fluke, crappy season where no one team separated itself. Perhaps I’m most disappointed in USC. Did anything throw off the system more than them losing to Stanford? I think not. And if conferences want their schools to have a better shot at reaching a title game, they should eliminate their conference championship games. Just what we need — one more difficult obstacle in the road of perfection. This was the worst college football season ever not because it shows we need a playoff. It was the worst ever because every single team disappointed in one way or another.

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  • http://www.UCLAradio.com driver

    some would argue thats what made it a great bball season

  • JS

    Pete Carroll will rue forever that he didn’t put Mark Sanchez in for the second half against Stanford, nevertheless the Trojans should have prevailed even if all their quarterbacks had all their fingers broken.

    Probably the most devastating injury to anyone this season had to be Dennis Dixon of Oregon. Not only was he heading to perhaps Heisman glory, but the Ducks probably would have prevailed in the three games they lost after the injury and been in New Orleans to run roughshod over the Buckeyes.

    And don’t forget the West Virginia team that ran and passed all over Oklahoma would have been in the NC game save their inexplainable (gasp) 13-9 loss to lowly Pitt.

    Of course, was there anything more disapointing (or laughable depending on your point of view) than that offensive genius, Charlie Weis, directing the 119th ranked offense among the 119 Bowl Subdivsion, or whatever they call it, teams?

  • http://svpstyle.com ScottVanPeltStyle.com

    Worst season? Not fond of March Madness?

    Is this Larry Brown or Larry David?

  • http://obscuresportsquarterly.wordpress.com Gilbert

    There is a middle ground between college basketball’s regular season diminished because 65 teams get in and college football’s mess where you don’t always have a true national champion.

    Maybe a 4-team or 8-team playoff would be the middle ground? You’d still have to have a really good season to get in. The only one of your games would be meaningless is maybe if you start 11-0. Maybe. But that would usually just happen to one or two teams, and the rest would still have to play to win every game of the year.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    @ SVPS – LD learned from me
    @ JS – gotta love the irony with the offensive genius in Weis. Can’t believe West Va blew their shot at the title losing to Wannstedt. That’s horrible.
    @ Gilbert – even a 4-team playoff this year would’ve left out USC (according to the BCS where they were 5th). I’m not sure that would’ve solved it.