Florida Victory Puts Exclamation Point On Pivotal Season

Florida defeated Oklahoma tonight for the BCS National Championship in College Football. There's a lot to take away from this season, here are but a few bullet points:

-Urban Meyer is probably the best coach in college football. Only Pete Carroll can compare. Meyer has won two titles at Florida in the toughest conference in the sport.

-Bob Stoops is a great coach, but now I think it would be fair to say that except for the national title win in 2000, Stoops cannot win the big one. I don't like saying that because I put up with hearing this about Tom Osborne for years growing up in Nebraska, but they were right about Osborne until the mid-90s. Stoops builds the teams that can win it all, but come the big day, it all goes south.

-Utah, USC and Texas has a point. Why not us? This gets to the heart of what's going on in college football today. It's always been very subjective when it comes to picking a national champion, but now it's getting dangerously close to figure skating. We know that the geography has changed over the years. Notre Dame, my Huskers and other schools in less than tropical climes don't rule the sport the way they once did. Players now want to live in Florida, or Texas, or California. Tradition doesn't have the same lure it did for previous generations. So, with this in mind, the sportswriters and pundits tell us the best teams are in the south, in the SEC or Big 12 South or Pac-10 and they're right, but there's a reason they play the game.

Few noticed at the time when Boise State defeat of Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl a few years back that it was a sign of things to come. How could a school like Boise State win a game like that? Next thing you know you have Appalachian State beating Michigan and you have Utah with an undefeated season. Yes, maybe on paper these teams don't match up to Florida, but again, that's why they play the game.

It's never going to be perfect, but it is time for some kind of change, some kind of playoff. We can say tonight that there's no way Utah would beat Florida, but how do we know that for sure? Who predicted they could beat Alabama? In short, we can just go along with the conventional wisdom that the southeast rules the roost, or we can make them prove it. We can say that Nebraska can't compete in this day and age they way it did in the late 20th century, but how do we know that for sure if the end of the season is akin to crowning the Homecoming King and Queen in High School? Popularity contests don't give you champions and they leave the fans very unsatisfied.