Most rational people agree that college football has the most absurd way of deciding its "champions."
But how would you fix it? I will be offering my own proposal before the holiday bowl season gets started, and I want to incorporate some other people's ideas into the debate. Please post your own thoughts, and it you care to leave a way for me to get in touch with you (send me an email if you prefer to keep yours private), you might get to be part of the printed debate as well as this cyber chat.
I'll say this once and say it quickly before everything gets set later tonight.
Georgia deserves a chance to play for the national title in college football, but the Bulldogs do not deserve to play in the BCS Championship game.
Here's what I mean. UGA is certainly the hottest team in college football and worthy of a chance to compete in playoff system for a national championship. Nobody would want to draw them. They could win it all.
There are places on the planet where you simply feel more alive, where the world in front of your eyes enriches the soul and makes you think “I’m glad I came here.”
Golf is filled with such places. Some have historical significance. Some just have a pretty view.
That's what they should start calling the debate about the silly nickname for the Georgia-Florida football game. That it wasn't dropped year's ago for being juvenile, unnecessarily provocative and flat-out wrong (anybody ever been to Mardi Gras?) is beyond me.
Boosters, students and idiots in general have recoiled in drunken horror at the sober request of the university presidents to have the sopho-moron-ic label "World's Largest Outdoor Cocktail Party" retired from being the primary reference of the annual rivalry football game in Jacksonville.
Let's begin with the facts from 2005.
I thought Georgia would lose to Boise State, go 8-3 and head to the Outback Bowl.
I didn't think Steve Spurrier could turn the Gamecocks into chicken salad immediately and would need a year of seasoning to reach a bowl game.
I believed Clemson and Georgia Tech would win games you didn't think they would and lose games they shouldn't have to reach their standard regular season marks of eight and seven wins respectively.
Hey, nailed those last two.
Sure, Joe Tereshinski wasn't the sexiest choice in the four-way battle to be Georgia's starting quarterback. But he was the safest choice. When the success or failure of a football season might hinge on a second-week showdown in South Carolina where the Bulldogs traditionally struggle, playing it safe is a good idea.
Head coach Mark Richt knows better than anybody else what his team needs to do to win now, and throwing a true freshman like Matthew Stafford into the fire isn't the smart play. If he was clearly that much better than Tereshinski, he would be the starter in the opener.