College football is a sport full of rivalries and none have been more one sided and disappointing than the matchup of Miami and Florida State over the past 10 years. I have been a University if Miami football fan for years, and while they were a very good team when I was young, they have become less than a shell of the powerhouse they once were. Florida State on the other hand has seen mostly prosperity in the recent years, with a Heisman trophy winner and a National Championship in 2013. Over the past 10 years of this rivalry, FSU has won eight times, and they are an overwhelming favorite to win tonight. Miami looks to be improving, but they just have not managed to shake the stench of mediocrity in recent years. A win tonight will go a long way in shaping the future of the Miami Hurricanes, I expect tonight to be the night that Miami shows the nation that they are still relevant, and that they can and will contend for a national title in the near future. I am predicting a Miami win by the score of 27-17, the Hurricanes will manage to come out strong and keep up the tempo all game. Florida State is not a bad team by any stretch, but they are coming into this game slightly injured, and their five year win streak may lead to a bit of overconfidence. I can’t wait to see what happens in this matchup, I hope to see the Hurricanes win, but I’m sure the game will be extremely exciting and entertaining.
So last night Division 1A football had their first ever playoff games, and boy were they terrific! You didn’t have to be an Oregon fan to enjoy the absolute brilliance of their offense in the Rose bowl, and The Sugar Bowl was a perfect matchup of two of the best college coaches around as Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes took on Nick Saban’s Crimson Tide. A playoff in division 1A, now known as FBS football, has been discussed and debated for years, and now that we finally have one something still bothers me about it. I am thrilled since the games were terrific, and the teams I rooted for won, but the playoff selection committee stinks terribly of BCS influence. The selection committee oddly, yet seemingly rightfully, omitted TCU and Baylor from the playoffs even though they were ranked higher than Ohio State. I personally blame the head of the Big 12 for naming “Co-Champions,” essentially dumbing down the merits of their conference and leading the committee to easily vote only “true champions” into a playoff meant to crown the nation’s “One True Champion.” it’s actually quite hilarious that the Big 12 took to BCS tactics to try and get a crack at the playoffs which were meant to fix the BCS, I guess old dogs really can’t learn new tricks. While the selection committee most likely got it right, their choices left me wondering if it is possible for the little guy to ever make it into these playoffs. A team like Marshall had a wonderful shot at being undefeated this season, yet they were never ranked higher than #18 all year, they surely would have never been voted into the playoffs even if they were the only undefeated team in the country, that sounds like utter BCS to me. The top 4 teams who made the playoffs were all “brand name” programs from 4 distinct regions, 4 major conferences, and 4 major money makers for ESPN, who happens to hold exclusive rights to broadcast these games. I don’t want to call total BCS on the choices the committee made to represent the first College football playoff, since the games were great, but give it a couple of years and we will slowly see the same debates that came with the BCS system. As smaller schools and programs with less clout improve, will they get the same level of consideration as the SEC powerhouses? Only time will tell as we look ahead to see how far from the BCS this playoff system has really gone.