In a game that fans have been itching for on the football field and not the basketball court, Alabama used its physicality to outmuscle Stanford… Continue Reading »
Although many college football programs have recently incurred heavy financial losses due to bowl game participation, the Stanford athletics department has seen both an increase in season-ticket renewals and national profile in the aftermath of the 2013 Rose Bowl.
Alabama cruised past an overmatched Notre Dame squad 42-14 to win the BCS National Championship, then wrapped up its ninth Associated Press championship on Monday night with all 59 first-place votes. Stanford finished seventh in the AP final poll and sixth in the final coaches’ poll.
I’m not going to pretend I’m happy that Stanford couldn’t even sell out its 50,000-seater stadium for the Pac-12 Championship Game on Friday, but there is something deliciously anti-establishment in the fact that, on merit alone, a school that wouldn’t normally get picked for even one BCS bowl is going to be heading to its third in three years.
Instead, it’s time for the anti-BCS rant that has been stuck in my head for the past couple of weeks. A lot of these types of arguments have been bandied about, including how the BCS is a cartel and how it stiffs the little guy and makes college football unfair. While I have a lot of contentions with the BCS itself, the organization with which I really have a bone to pick is the esteemed Southeastern Conference, or ..