America faces an important choice and the contestants have painted compelling and detailed portraits. The contestants have battled for weeks and by now we have a clear picture of what each of them bring to the table and what they would mean for this country.
Alabama has manhandled its competition with superior trench play and Texas has looked even better, dispatching top five foes like it's no big deal. The nation's best one-loss team is back to destroying the Pac-10 and Florida could play with any of these teams.
And then there is undefeated Penn State of the lowly Big Ten. They've played one close game all season and came away with a win in one of the toughest environments in college football. The offense and the defense are both performing at a championship level and -- oh yeah -- there's that 45-14 win over the team that beat USC.
While the Big Ten has been pretty floptacular in recent BCS bowl games, if Penn State wins out, they should not and cannot be passed over for a berth in the MNC. Each team is its own team, irrespective of conference and until we do have a playoff system of sorts, an undefeated team from a BCS conference has to be given the opportunity to prove their validity.
GO. GET. THAT CRYSTAL.
(It's our hope that you'll keep the comments clear of talk about that other big decision coming up. You're not going to change any minds at this stage and there are other forums for that discourse. Discussion and debate over the MNC and its potential contestants is whole-heartedly encouraged, however.)