Tuesday, January 8, 2013
Schlabach: Irish-Tide why we need playoff
By Mark Schlabach
MIAMI -- Write your U.S. Congressman.
Call your conference commissioner, university president and athletic director. Heck, email Dr. Lou, Mark May, Kirk Herbstreit, Chris Fowler and David Pollack. I'd even give you their email addresses if it wouldn't get me fired.
College football's forthcoming four-team playoff, which goes into effect during the 2014 season, can't get here soon enough.
Can't we please have a playoff this coming season? Do we really have to wait another year?
Once again, the Bowl Championship Series robbed college football fans of a fitting end to a season on Monday night. No. 2 Alabama blasted No. 1 Notre Dame 42-14 in the Discover BCS National Championship at Sun Life Stadium, and the score wasn't even that close. If the Crimson Tide and Fighting Irish played every day between now and St. Patrick's Day, the Fighting Irish would never win.
You thought last year's BCS National Championship was boring? At least No. 1 LSU put up a fight in the first couple of quarters before falling to No. 2 Alabama 21-0 in New Orleans, in what was a rematch of a regular-season slugfest between the SEC West rivals.
This game was over after Alabama took the opening kickoff and marched 82 yards in five plays for a touchdown. It was like Mike Tyson knocking out Michael Spinks in 91 seconds, with the Crimson Tide delivering their knockout punch on tailback Eddie Lacy's 20-yard touchdown run less than three minutes into the game.
Alabama led the Fighting Irish 21-0 after the first play of the second quarter and 35-0 after its opening possession of the second half. Notre Dame's overmatched defense couldn't stop Alabama's rugged running game, and the Irish couldn't run against the Crimson Tide. That's a recipe for disaster against a team that has now won three of the last four BCS national titles.
"It was pretty clear," Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said. "We had a hard time getting off the field, and a lot of that had to do with Alabama. They were able to run the ball effectively, and then obviously when you do that, it opens up so much of the play-action game."
It didn't take anyone very long to realize the Fighting Irish shouldn't have been here and couldn't play with Alabama.