College football is tough

Ohio State Ombre's picture
December 8, 2013 at 6:01p

So this is my first blog post on 11w, and it seems like it is an apt time to share some thoughts on the misery that is college football.


As ohio state fans, we have unusually high expectations. A single loss is the end of the world, and we must fire our coaches for not leading us to a championship win every season. The media ads to this with their relentless coverage over a sport where each team plays less than 15 games a year. And to be honest, I have those feelings too sometime. "We are a better team than michigan state, we are a better team than all the others, we just need our chance" I have said to myself multiple times since our B1G championship game loss. Earlier, when the undefeateds started falling like flies, my tune changed. "Do you know how hard it is to go undefeated through an entire season, let alone two entire seasons?!?!" was my argument for ohio state's rightful place in the BCS championship game. But as soon as our team, who put up a valiant effort against a very tough michigan state team, fell from the rank of the unbeatens I can not bring myself to watch any sports show, whether it be on ESPN or any other channel. I just can't do it. But why? We just argued for weeks about how tough it is to make it through an entire season unscathed, how rare that feat is, and that the BCS will take care of itself. Well, it did. 

In no other sport is it (to borrow a phrase from UFM) march madness every single game of the season. In no other sport to you have to prove yourself under such scrutiny and be one of the best two teams in the entire nation just to have a chance to play for the championship. I told myself that I am excited for a playoff, but do not want it to lessen the importance of the regular season. No other sport has a regular season with so much parity that forces you to be the best team each and every time you step out onto the field. But I think this past week has changed my mind. What makes the NFL so great, what makes college basketball so great, and what makes every other major athletic competition so great is that it is decided on the field. I am not saying this is for the players sake, or the coaches, or even the NCAA (or any other league office). This is for the fans. The fans who pay to watch their favorite team. The fans who buy jerseys, and shirts, and hats, and anything else with their teams logo or reference to their favorite team. The fans that make professional sports what it is today. They deserve it. They deserve to see their team slug it out with the best of the best, loser goes home based on their performance on the field at the end of the year. Not so that the media and other officials can determine who are the two best teams available, or who will bring in the most money. The fans deserve to have all of the politicking taken out of (to the best of anyones ability) whose team gets to make lasting memories. 

So I guess the point is that it is a flawed system. To take a phrase from a great man (Mr. Churchill), it is the worst system...except all the others that we have tried. But all of this should not take away the passion of buckeye nation or any other university for that matter. Everyone is doing the best they can, and to make outragous accusations that anyone (on ohio states team/staff or any other university) is not doing everything to the best of their ability is just ludicrous. We need to enjoy the fact that we get to play in a major BCS bowl, against a quality opponent, in a great location, and root for the best damn school in the land. 

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wojodta's picture

I have to disagree in that I think CFB is decided on the field. That's the point of the regular season. I am glad the playoff is coming and I think 4 or an 8 team playoff is the way to go. Anything more is excessive and would ruin the regular season. I'd never want a March Madness type playoff which renders the regular season totally pointless.

Ohio State Ombre's picture

i agree. i think we are saying the same thing. im more of an advocate of staying with the 4 team playoff....much more and i totally agree it would dilute the regular season

hansman's picture

I hope there aren't a lot of people that think that the playoff is going to change isn' least not for the Buckeyes and the rest of the BIG. At first, I believed it would and was glad to be rid of the BCS. But, then I started thinking and I'm now seeing the writing on the wall....we just lost our first game in two years by 10 points and we would not even be considered if this were the first year of the playoffs. I'm not even sure MSU would be the fourth team over Baylor and Stanford, and they just beat a team who had won 24 in a row. Two of the four are ALWAYS going to be SEC teams no matter what. That leaves a whopping two spots for the rest of college football. What it boils down to is exactly what the boils down to now with the BCS...if you are a BIG team you have to go undefeated to win a national championship. Otherwise, you'll have about a 10% chance even with a playoff to win it all. Why? Because you'll have an early loss and get buried and disrespected all year by the BIG haters and SEC lovers or you'll have a late loss and automatically be moved beneath every non-BIG team who has 1-2 losses or less.

TilstheHun3's picture

This is a good point... I'm really wondering if any 1 loss B1G team will have any chance to get into the 4 team playoff unless the B1G narrative changes and changes fast. By the way, still shell shocked.

What is this? A center for ants?!? How can we be expected to teach children to learn how to read if they can't even fit inside the building?

40 Degrees North's picture

To ask a question about a point you made in your post: when was the last time a major college team went undefeated two consecutive seasons? Was it Nebraska in the 1990's?

Ohio State Ombre's picture

good point, i tried looking it up but have not been able to find an example. a few back to back championships, but they have a loss in one of the seasons, like bama recently

InvertMyVeer's picture

This post made me think of that "Football is complicated" BTN commercial..

Football is complicated...