College football playoff does not bode well for N.O.
I guess there’s no better place to go for a college football confession than a Catholic newspaper.
I am here to tell you I was wrong.
The dust has started to settle and details are trickling out on college football’s new four-team playoff. With each passing day, I am longing for the BCS.
Yes, the BCS. That much-reviled system that most years got it right. That system that most years pitted the two best teams in college football in a championship game.
Alas, the Bowl Championship Series is history, and it is not good for New Orleans or for LSU.
The Sugar Bowl will still be a big player in the college game. But no longer will the championship game be here every four years.
The Football Bowl Subdivision championship will go to the highest bidder.
You can’t wait to spend that first week in January in Indianapolis or Detroit? Here’s your chance.
Or, how about St. Louis? Or even, Minneapolis? Don’t laugh. When the presidents’ oversight committee said it wanted a Super Bowl of college football, northern cities with domed stadiums were suddenly in play.
LSU fans who had the real privilege of watching their Tigers compete for three BCS title games (and win two) on the floor of the Superdome in a space of nine years will never see a stretch of football like that again.
No longer will my daughter be calling me every 30 minutes telling me if she doesn’t go to the Sugar Bowl she has no reason to live. No longer will my friends and family be pestering me for tickets.
I will have more money in my checking account after Christmas. I will look at my credit card statement and not cry, but smile. And I am not happy about it one bit.
The awful BCS experience last January against Alabama is far outweighed by the good.
Skyler Green and I still talk about his 24-yard speed sweep touchdown run in the first quarter of the Jan. 4, 2004, BCS championship game win over Oklahoma.
I can still see the late Marquise Hill breaking through protection and crushing Oklahoma quarterback Jason White.
Four years later, the most compelling season in the history of LSU football ended at the Superdome. The Tigers scored 31 straight points and whipped Ohio State in the January 2008 championship game.
There is one thing I like about the four-team college football playoff. The semifinal games will be played on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. College football is a New Year’s Day game. It was best when you could attend the Sugar Bowl and still get home to watch the second half of the Rose Bowl.
And, then watch the Orange Bowl and its elaborate halftime show. And, maybe fall asleep on the couch in the fourth quarter.
Those were days. And, now somewhat wistfully, I am missing the BCS.
So, as part of my college football confession, I must say I was dead wrong.