14.0 That is all you need. It is the ratings for the infamous 2001 Washington vs. Purdue slugfest in the Rose Bowl. It also happens to be the ratings for the 2012 National Championship Snoozefest. The BCS gave the nation the embarrassment of seeing Alabama become the first team since Minnesota in 1936 to be given the national championship without winning its own conference. It is an abomination, an aberration, a disgrace.
Why in the hell should a team that was incapable of winning its own conference get a shot in a four team playoff? This is not the NBA, it is not a sixteen team playoff. The regular season has some bearing on the post season. The idea that a bunch of poll voters’ opinions somehow gives the rankings some sort of legitimacy is absurd. I am married with three kids and I probably watch more college football than the average pollster. I watched the hideous offenses that both Alabama and LSU fielded last year. They were atrocious. They happened to play in a conference full of similarly differently abled offensive teams. I thought that the nation fielded half a dozen other teams that could have beaten LSU or Alabama. I was not alone in this thinking. The nation in it’s entirety tuned out. Nobody gave a damn about a game that they did not feel would crown a true national champion. I had no interest in watching it and it was the first that I have missed in the BCS era.
Sportswriters want to disparage Delany for his proposal, but I don't think that it goes far enough. If the regular season is supposed to mean anything, you have got to win your conference. The three lowest ratings scores all took place in a year where a team who did not win their conference was allowed into the game. That is not a coincidence. The people who's eyeballs bring in the advertising dollars have tuned out. It is not what people want to watch. If the actual farce of putting a non conference winner in place to win a national championship is not damning enough, the the fact that the money does not support it should be enough for the greedy bastards who run this show to see some (dollars and) sense.