BCS champion will soon be crowned, finally

The tradition of New Year's Day bowl games are history, a thing of the past. It has been a week since New Year's Day, the day which was raditionally set aside for the final college football games of the season, and one game remains to be played.

It's been a week since we welcomed a brand new year.

All of the traditional New Year's Day bowl games are history and a thing of the past. Boise State became the team of interest after the Broncos defeated Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl in what many considered one of the best college football games ever played.

Not only did Boise, a small school in a state known for its potatoes, acclaim national fame, the Broncos capped a perfect 13-0 season by knocking off the Sooners.

Additionally, Kentucky capped a successful season by winning the Music City Bowl in Nashville 10 days ago for its first postseason win since 1984. Louisville gave the Bluegrass state one more thing to brag about after beating Wake Forest in the Orange Bowl.

For a state known more for its basketball than football, two bowl wins in the same season is a rare feat.

Since the postseason began, a total of 31 bowls have been played, with 62 collegiate teams participating. All of the games have been played, right? Wrong.

There's one more game that hasn't been played -- supposedly the most important contest of them all. Top-ranked Ohio State and Florida will play tonight in the BCS National Championship, which will determine the national champion.

If the Buckeyes win, it's a no-brainer as to what team is the best in the country. If the Gators pull the upset, throw Southern California, Louisville, Michigan and yes, Florida, into the mix of teams eligible to be called the top team in college football.

The sad fact is that a game of this magnitude has nearly been forgotten about. Sure, all eyes will be on the tube tonight, but not with the same interest generated in the first week of 2007.

Why wait so late to crown a national champion? As of Sunday, it had been 51 days since Ohio State last played, while Florida hadn't suited up in 37 days. The two-week differential is because the Gators played in the Southeastern Conference championship. The Big Ten doesn't play its two best teams in a regular-season finale.

To add to the frustration, the game is being played on the Monday following the opening round of the playoffs, which isn't a good place to be.

The wait that seems to get longer each year is just one flaw in college football.

Despite every attempt to make a system ruled by computers and humans perfect, the BCS is still a mess. A playoff system, similar to the one used in I-AA, would help clear the air.

Keep the bowl games as they are, but make them a pathway toward the championship. What would college basketball be in March without the Madness that surrounds it?

It would be dull. What if the title game wasn't held until a week after the semifinals? The interest wears off.

Instead, the two teams play one day after reaching the pinnacle. That's what makes March Madness so special.

The bowl games are special too, but why no try something new?

College football fan, yes. BCS fan, no.

It's time for a change.

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