College football is the most fickle sport in the entire world. Fans and analysts will pick a side on certain surprise teams, like the Baylor Bears, and will argue whether or not they deserve to be in contention for a national championship game. For all other sports, a system or committee is in place to make this happen, and one game doesn’t determine the entire season.
Now it’s like everybody forgot what the Baylor Bears accomplished after a 49-17 drubbing at Oklahoma State, and now have fallen to ninth in the BCS race.
It’s incredibly hard for any team to go undefeated, and there’s a reason why Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide should be given kudos. Baylor, like Kansas State did a season ago when the Bears were surging, didn’t look prepared or focused in their challenging road game. That can happen; in fact, many good teams have lost in a blowout game all this season.
Alabama pulled away against LSU, Florida State demolished Clemson, Michigan State tortured Michigan, Ohio State broke Northwestern, and the list goes on. The Bears stumbled onto a hot Cowboys team that now controls their destiny in the Big 12 championship.
Instead if giving credit for Mike Gundy’s team, the focus is more on how Baylor was completely overrated, they didn’t deserve to be in the title game, they never played anyone tough, yada yada yada.
Plenty of teams that are contending for a national title lose to a talented team down the stretch. It happens nearly every year. But the difference between college football and the rest of the sports world is that teams have another shot at redemption.
It’s funny to see so many people defend an NFL team after they lose because they have a playoff system in place. College football has no excuse to not have a 16-team playoff in place for 125 teams.
Instead, Baylor receives lots of hate about how they’re overrated garbage despite having one of the more talented, complete teams in the nation. Because a 49-17 loss apparently defines their season.
This is why sometimes I’m glad Iowa State will never have a team that contends for a national title; unless a team is Alabama, they’re considered by many as not deserving until they prove it.
Don’t worry, Bears fans, there’s a silver lining. Alabama and Florida State are so far ahead of everyone else, a Crimson Tide loss to Auburn would probably get them in the national title game above the Bears anyway, especially now that the Tigers are fourth.
There’s still a chance to make the Fiesta Bowl, and that’s definitely as good as making a 16-team playoff.