Finally. The only postseason college football game that really matters kicks off in Glendale, AZ between two unbeaten teams—the Oregon Ducks and the Auburn Tigers.
Tonight’s Tostitos BCS Championship Game caps a painfully long bowl season in which 35 total bowl games over-saturated the NCAA college football landscape.
Anxious national sponsors, coupled with the NCAA’s eagerness for bigger influxes of cash, have rewarded the mediocrity of far too many average teams while confusing the heck out of the average college football fan.
Frito Lay and the NCAA have done a masterful job conditioning fans, whether they dip, dunk or scoop, Tostitos is synonymous with the annual BCS Championship Game.
However, the NCAA has foolishly fumbled the ball by diluting the 2010 postseason with marginal teams in meaningless games promoted by muddled sponsors.
The Northrup Grumman Military Bowl in Washington, DC—seemed like Army should have been taking on Navy in a remote dust bowl somewhere in the Iraqi Desert. Instead, we watched the state universities of East Carolina and Maryland squaring off in our nation’s Capitol.
The Ticket City Bowl in Fair Park, TX—should’ve been called the “Can’t Give Away a Dang Ticket in the Football Crazy State of Texas Bowl.” Only 40,000 out of 92,000+ seats were filled to witness the Northwestern Wildcats battle the Texas Tech Raiders.
The Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl in Nashville, TN—betcha the announcers took a nap every time they mentioned the sponsor’s name in this lackluster bowl game featuring two average teams in the UNC Tar Heels and the Tennessee Volunteers.
BBVA Compass Bowl—the sponsor should’ve called this by its real name—the Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argenteria Compass Bowl. It would’ve been equally as confusing.
Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco—how ironic that organizers of this game between BC and the University of Nevada enticed possible fans by offering four hot dogs and four sodas FREE with every four tickets sold. Wow! Now, that’s what I call fighting hunger!
So, you get it! Tonight’s BCS contest between Auburn and Oregon can’t start soon enough, thus finally ending this season’s agonizingly generous underwhelming offering of NCAA football bowl games.
Straight talk. No static.
MIKE—the American-made voice on sports.