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Can we have a playoff system now?

OK, so Michigan lost to a team that itself lost to UCLA and Oregon State. Unsurprisingly, Dwayne Jarrett showed himself to be a classless TO-wannabe. But what about Boise State? 43-42 over Oklahoma in overtime to go unbeaten. Classic, just classic.


  1. #1 Nick Matzke
    January 2, 2007

    That game was mind-blowing. I believe in miracles now after seeing about six in a row. (However, there were clearly two gods warring over the result of the Fiesta Bowl.)

    Plus, the guy who made the 2-point conversion at the end proposed to his cheerleader girlfriend on national TV just afterwards. Not exactly fair to her, I say, but I guess when things are going your way, you go for it…

  2. #2 Mike Kaspari
    January 2, 2007

    All in all, I like it that the costliest NCAA program leaves some ambiguity at the end of the season. But if we have to have a playoff, make sure that the venues are distributed across the U.S. proportional to the locations of the schools. One wonders how many championships the USCs, LSUs, Miami’s and Florida’s would have if their bowl game was in Boulder, Lincoln, or East Lansing.

  3. #3 AndyS
    January 2, 2007

    I really don’t understand the desire to crown a national champion. I enjoy the college football regular season and the bowl games on January 1st (and now 2nd and 8th). I like that it’s not basketball where all the focus is on the “big” tournament which with the large number of participants makes the regular season less important.

    Wow, watching Boise State pull off that win yessterday was damn fun — the sort of fun you’ll never see in the NFL. And it didn’t require a playoff to make it happen. Ditto the Michigan loss at Ohio State at the end of the Big Ten season — a great game even for this UM alumnus.

  4. #4 Sean
    January 2, 2007

    There’s a general feeling in the NCAA that adding playoff games to the regular football schedule would put undue demands on student-athletes both academically and athletically. Therefore, the Bowl Championship Series will most likely be in place for some time to come.

  5. #5 Rev. BigDumbChimp
    January 3, 2007

    Dwayne Jarrett

    Someone needs to smack that kid. Instead he’ll make millions.

  6. #6 Ron Wilson
    January 4, 2007

    Yes, we really need a playoff system.

  7. #7 PhysioProf
    January 5, 2007

    “Unsurprisingly, Dwayne Jarrett showed himself to be a classless TO-wannabe.”

    Let’s hope it’s just youthful exuberance and that he will grow up.

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