For years the Big Ten conference has stood in the way of progress in college football, first resisting the creation of the BCS and now standing in the way of progress towards a playoff. But why? Why is it that after all the controversies and blunders that college football had endured does the Big Ten not want a playoff? The answer is simple for anyone who saw the national championship game on Monday night, if a playoff system were ever put into place no Big Ten team would have a chance at a national title. Ohio State, the Big Ten's best team is 0-8 against SEC teams. Big Ten teams have proven time and time again that they are not capable of playing with the nations top schools, losing year after year to the top teams from other conferences with rare exceptions (Michigan's win over Florida was a shocker). After the over hyped "game of the century" last year between #1 Ohio State and #2 Michigan, both teams got their butts kicked by SEC and Pac Ten teams. As it is now, a semi good team can go though the Big Ten easily. Ohio State took advantage of the fact that this year the Big Ten was the worst conference in the nation with both of its top teams, Ohio State and Illinois, being served a healthy dose of reality that they aren't really as good as they are given credit for.
And so the Big Ten resists what the rest of the country has come to realize is the only way to go, a playoff system. Why get beat early every year in a playoff when you can sneak into the title game due to your weak conference and take your chances? Why prove you belong to be #1 when you can fake it? Why play for respect when you can beat cruddy teams and watch the SEC and the Big 12 and the Big East and Pac Ten destroy each other? Ohio State clearly didn't belong in the title game this year, they clearly weren't anywhere close to the best team in the nation and they didn't deserve their #1 ranking. Most teams in the SEC and the Big 12 could have easily beat Ohio State. Therefore, the Big Ten will resist and fight to keep the BCS, because as long as we have the BCS, the Big Ten has a chance. If they were forced to play a playoff, they wouldn't even make it past the first round. Face it, the tradition and glory of the Big Ten is gone, the dominance of the SEC and Big 12 is here to stay. LSU, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Mizzou, and in the future Nebraska, could all beat Ohio State and Michigan. If the Big Ten continues to resist the creation of a playoff, they will lose all credibility and respect.
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