As I sat down to begin constructing an argument that the 2007 Fiesta Bowl was a classic example of how the BCS works, John Canzano beats me by several hours. Probably an entire calendar day.
Well, that's just perfect.
The Oregonian's Canzano laid out all the standard pro-BCS slogans. It makes the regular season important. It generates a ton of interest. And it places emphasis on scheduling strong power conference teams in August.
Fortunately, a sigh of relief emitted once he didn't factor in Boise State's hella tight victory over Oklahoma in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl. So let's go there, shall we?
But first, let's dwell on the actual game some more, because college football may never see a bowl game as improbable, inspirational, or just downright orgasmic. Rather than pen my own summation of the game, I'll just copy and paste what The Mighty MJD said about it: "If that was the climactic game played at the end of a football movie, I’d have left the theatre thinking that a 9-year-old with an overactive imagination wrote it."
Adding to that, once the Broncos hook-and-laddered, halfback-passed and Statue-of-Libertied their way to a 43-42 overtime over the heavily-favored Sooners, I wanted to see more. I didn't want it to end. "Have 'em play the winner of Ohio State-Florida," I said to myself.
But... gasp. I'm the resident BCS apologist. How dare I think up such blasphemy?
After all, it's only fair. They'd be one of two teams to finish the season undefeated (assuming Ohio State bucks Florida), so they ought to get a crack at a national title. After all, George Mason had a shot in the NCAA basketball tournament, right?
But the next morning, euphoria faded away and I remembered that George Mason's season ended with a loss. A bad loss.