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Red Flags Are Swarming – College Football Take Warning! – By Ben of BCS Busters

Posted by Matt on October 3, 2007

Editor’s Note: This column is by Ben of BCS Busters and is part of our NEW partnership. Ben has a lot of great thoughts and his columns will appear here weekly and you can see these columns AND MORE on his homepage.

An excerpt from the article:

Red Flags are Swarming – College Football Take Warning!

Posted by bcsbusters under College Football

“Oh what a tangled web we weave when what we first practice is to deceive.” When ESPN Gameday host Chris Fowler raised this specter during the “trick play” segment on Saturday’s broadcast from my hometown in Eugene, it triggered an emotional and philosophical irony I have been struggling with throughout these last four years as I have been pounding away researching and analyzing the rich diversity and bevy of issues behind the BCS Controversy.

For this philosophical statement covers such a wide range of hot button items specific to the controversy – which is currently in hyper-drive right now as parity continues to march onward – I’m not sure where to begin, but you can bet this will most certainly lead to yet another chapter in my book manuscript “The Grass Ain’t Blue in Georgia – The Story Behind The BCS Controversy.”

I have been hyping the parity concept now for several seasons – as a result of the 85 scholarship rule – and I have warned many of you that the red flags are prevalent and ripe with intellectual significance. I have openly warned many of you who follow this blog that this day was fast in coming, but since the BCS began in 1998, have we ever witnessed a weekend like we’ve had in the last 48 hours in college football? Or a season that has given the term “a riddle wrapped up inside an enigma” a whole new meaning?

Although Fowler (ESPN) later chimed in that “we could go decades and not see the kind of results thrown forth on Saturday – six of the Top-10 teams in the nation lost, with five of the losses coming against un-ranked foes,” the networks continue to spew forth forgone conclusions and CFA (College Football Association) favoritism, before the actual games take place, and after the results contradict their own statements and opinions.

As the parity storm clashes with BCS traditions and network favoritism extended to those teams who earned this branded identity in a previous era (non-85 scholarship rule where stock-piling players was the norm), I hope people are finally beginning to recognize that the controversy isn’t going to fade away.

In fact, it is going to compound itself and mushroom into one of the largest firestorms in recent sports history if we don’t begin to actively search for a solution where the current platform (bowl games / 12-game regular season) can be maintained with a head-to-head itinerary for national supremacy.

Instead, we -the fans- receive nothing but accolades in relation to the convoluted system we have in place, while the networks continue to embrace the sacred cow concept behind the “every game is playoff in college football mantra,” which will continue to uphold a CFA alliance which practices discrimination and preaches bias and favoritism on a weekly basis throughout the season. Will anyone stand up and fix the situation?

If you think we have narrowly avoided the controversy in the last couple of years, just wait until the end of this, already, wacky season. How will we distinguish between eight or ten teams with one-loss…and where will we be if Florida upsets LSU and CAL upsets USC?

I thought the tangled web analogy was an incredible statement given the fact that ESPN is obviously paying tribute to Tim Tebow (Florida) and Mike Hart (Michigan), even though these two athletes wouldn’t make my Top-10 list at their given positions in the race for the Heisman. With the networks spending such a gross amount of time honoring a couple of players who likely won’t even be drafted in the first round of the NFL draft, shouldn’t we call a spade-a-spade, and actually change the name of the Heisman to the Hyped-man award?

After placing a quick phone call to my trusted friend Spencer Graham (West Coast Cross-checker for the Royals Organization), we both agreed that if Dennis Dixon wore a Gator Jersey, or the pretty helmet from Ann Arbor, he would be a runaway freight train to the Heisman – along with Kentucky quarterback Andre Woodsen (who just set an NCAA record with 325 pass attempts without an interception) – but neither receives the accolades as compared to Tebow and Hart. So who’s deceiving who here?

Long forgotten is the fact that Dixon torched those same Wolverines in week number two, and Mike Hart was a minor subplot in the game, while Dixon shined. And when comparing Woodsen to Tebow…I’m not even sure that requires a response, after all – considering the NCAA record that now resides in Lexington and the fact that Woodsen out-performed Brian Brohm of Louisville (considered the best quarterback in the nation by the NFL scouting bureau) – the Tebow angle leaves one scratching their head in bewilderment for it is “Exhibit Double Z” in a bevy of biases which are fabricated by the television networks who create such an invalid and ubiquitous environment for the controversy to brew.

The fans – including myself – often get lost in the maze of confusion, but you can be sure that the chosen few will still be rewarded with higher placements in the weekly Top-25 over a team who most likely beat them less than 24 hours before, and the Heisman will be granted to a player who performs for a school who is in the weekly limelight throughout the season.

Shall we narrow the list for you? How about Michigan, Ohio State, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida, Florida State, Texas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, Miami, USC, UCLA, Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama Virginia Tech and Georgia Tech. What do these schools have in common? They are the bell-ringers behind the College Football Association movement and have been granted special attention in the Polls and the Heisman ballots. With that in mind, where do you think that South Florida, Boston College, Oregon, Kansas State, Illinois, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Arizona State or Missouri fit into the equation, especially in this era of parity?

As we wake up on Sunday morning and look at the conference standings we will find nearly all of these (weaker sister) teams I have just mentioned at the top of their conferences, but where will they be in the Top-25, or in the race for the Heisman?

I’m anxious to see Stewart Mandels power poll rankings this week, especially after the last two where he ranked Louisville ahead of Kentucky and Georgia ahead of South Carolina. Given the fact that both Kentucky and South Carolina beat their counterparts, will we see Oregon ahead of California, West Virginia ahead of South Florida, or even Texas ahead of Kansas State?

But lets not pick on Stewart, for he is one of my favorite columnists who writes so passionately regarding college football, because the other members of the media and coaches association will likely do the same. Smitten by their alliances to the College Football Association (CFA), they would surely be scorned, ridiculed and publicly humiliated if they crossed the ethical barrier and unionized alliance of the CFA, and actually voted teams based upon the results on the playing field.


One Response to “Red Flags Are Swarming – College Football Take Warning! – By Ben of BCS Busters”

  1. Steven said

    I disagree on the Wodesn not getting the attention or media that Tebow gets.

    Maybe it depends on where you live or what programs you watch, but I hear Woodsen’s name mentioned nonstop…. probably even more than Tebow to be honest.

    I think a lot of that has to do with a team needing to be ranked high for it’s players to get lots of media hype….. and as Kentucky has become ranked higher and higher, the media talk about him has grown.

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