Your True NCAA Football Champs: Utah Utes
Congratulations to the Utah Utes, who soundly defeated the SEC runner-up Alabama Tide in this evenings 2009 Sugar Bowl to cement themselves as the only undefeated FBS team on the season. It wasn't smoke and mirrors, they just soundly beat a good football team.
Sadly, after beating a number of ranked teams throughout the season (including two of the top 11 teams in the final BCS standings [TCU and Alabama], the only team to defeat USC [Oregon State] and even one other Top 25 team [BYU, bringing their win total against Top 25 teams to four]) they were screwed out of even having a chance to play for the national championship because they are an outsider in a system geared towards picking a champion from a select few conferences. Had they been given the chance they deserved, there is little doubt that they would have at least made a game of it, if not won it outright. Instead, they have to sit and watch two teams who each have a loss.
And regardless of whatever slant the BCS spins, to call the winner of the Oklahoma-Florida a definitive national champion is a joke (not to mention the whole Texas and Oklahoma controversy that has already gone down). Here's to hoping that the media takes the high road for AP balloting and awards Utah with at least part of a split championship. Don't hold your breath though…