What a bore. I thought the bowl games were supposed to be exciting. Well, with the exception of the BCS National Championship game, they were pretty fun to watch--even bowls with the teams I can't stand.
First off, probably the best game in the bowl season to watch had to be the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. You have two high-octane offenses in Oklahoma State and Stanford. Both teams were quarterbacked by two of the best in college football this past year, and were complemented with athletic receivers and run games as well.
This high-scoring shootout came down to an OT field goal by Oklahoma State to win it.
Even the Rose Bowl was fun to watch. Here again, we had another game decided in thrilling fashion with Oregon nipping Wisconsin 45-38. It appeared that Wisconsin would be able to make at least one final run at the end zone, but the Badgers literally ran out of time on about the 20-yard line.
The Orange Bowl was exciting for one reason--records broken. If you're a Clemson Tigers fan, then it wasn't much fun for you. The WVU Mountaineers ripped the Tigers 70-33, while setting several records--including most points scored in a bowl game.
Now the Sugar Bowl is still one game in which I think neither team deserved to be there, but the game we got was actually a pretty close thriller. In yet another OT bowl game, the Wolverines hit a field goal to slip past the Hokies 23-20.
While the other BCS games were exciting in some fashion or form, the National Championship game was a total bore. That's right, I said it. Boring. We saw this once before.
The only difference is LSU didn't even get off the bus. They didn't show up. Alabama piled up 384 yards of total offense, while limiting LSU to just 92. Part of that might be due to Alabama's defense. They're good, there's no question about it.
But for those out there who might say this was the greatest game ever, here's a news flash for you. It takes points to win a game. You can have the best defense in the world, and it doesn't mount to a hill of beans if you can't find the end zone (Just ask the Pittsburgh Steelers how their top-ranked defense worked out for them in the post-season).
Again, the game that should have been played was LSU-Oklahoma State. But with the way LSU played on Monday night, it's likely that OSU, which averaged 55 points per game last season, would have beaten the Tigers by even more.
Exploring the possibility of the best game possible, it's my opinion that the best game which could have been played would have been Alabama and Oklahoma State. Couple the Tide's defense, which is being dubbed the best since the 80's, and OSU's quick striking offense and you have a clash of an immovable object and an unstoppable force.
But with the current system in place, the BCS elected to give us a rematch of a game we already saw earlier this season. Did anybody really think we would get a different style of game?
Unless you're an SEC fanboy or an Alabama fan, the game was boring, uninteresting, and unfulfilling as a national championship game.
Even the final rankings are sure to generate some level of controversy. This current system is too subjective. We need something absolute, say playoffs for example (I know, it's a wild thought).
It seems like every year there's some level of controversy headlining, with the BCS as the main culprit for said controversy. Last year, it was a Boise State snub. This year, it was a Boise State (and Houston and TCU) who got snubbed out of a BCS bowl, and Oklahoma State taking the biggest snub of all, and being left out of a title game.
I read a story a while back that stated the original purpose of bowl games were to get teams to play that normally wouldn't play. It seems that the BCS is set on always generating some level of drama.
We get an eight month break until teams will begin again, and I'm sure with a new level of controversy to be had.
Chris Siers is the sports editor for the Times-Gazette. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.