When Texas A&M and Missouri joined the SEC this past offseason everyone laughed and said that they would have a rough time playing in the best conference in college football.
Missouri hasn’t done that well, but Texas A&M has shown the SEC that they are no pushovers and can most certainly play in the division.
And now this week the Aggies are showing just how dumb the BCS system is and how much better a playoff system would be for college football.
It’s that time once again to raise the argument about a college football playoff. Every year this debate takes place, and every year college football fans are left wondering “what if there was a playoff system at the end of the regular season?” This past Saturday the Aggies went into Tuscaloosa and defeated the number 1 ranked Crimson Tide of Alabama 29-24. Texas A&M has been doing well in their first season in the SEC and only lost two tough games to Florida and LSU, but still nobody expected the new kids on the block to roll into Alabama and knock off the defending champions in their own home.
Texas A&M has thrown the SEC and the college football world into a state of utter chaos.
Here is how it currently stands: If the season were to end today, Kansas State and Oregon would be playing in the BCS National Title game — with Alabama and every other SEC team on the outside looking in.
But the SEC is the best conference in the country, it would be wrong to not have an SEC team play in the title game. Yes, the SEC is hands down the best conference in college football, but in today’s current BCS system they should not have a part in the national title game, assuming the season ended today.
Even though the SEC has six teams in the BCS top 10 (yes that’s 60%, the SEC holds spots 4-9 in the rankings) they still would be snubbed from having one of their teams play for the title.
This is why the BCS system is a debauchery and will hopefully be replaced with a playoff system. Almost all of those six SEC teams in the Top 10 could win the national title, but unfortunately we might not get to see any of them play for the championship.
Truthfully, as a football fan I am glad to see that there is a strong possibility that there might not be an SEC team in the title game (simply because I’m tired of hearing about the SEC) but as a columnist I cannot — in any way — argue that the SEC is not the most powerful conference. Which is why I believe a playoff would be best for the game of football.
Now all of this is also assuming that at least two of the top three teams (Kansas State, Oregon, and Notre Dame) stay undefeated, which let’s be honest, it is definitely possible that at least two of those teams could lose a game here at the end. All three teams end their seasons with tough games.
And it now looks like the winner of the Alabama-Georgia SEC championship game will be hoping for a miracle so that they can play for the title.
Because in today’s current BCS system, they are going to need a miracle.
Tyler Rollason is a Winder-Barrow High School graduate and mass communications major at the University of West Georgia. You can e-mail comments about this column to