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Forget BCS, 2014 is where real chaos begins

Published 10:51am Friday, January 10, 2014

Anyone ever ride the Matterhorn at Disneyland?  How about Space Mountain?
Well the last five minutes of the final BCS game became a wild ride for any college football junkie, regardless of who you were rooting for.
The final BCS game turned out to be the real deal, and for maybe only the second time in the BCS era, the game was not a disappointment. The Texas comeback in 2006 over USC was until Monday evening, the best championship game of the 16 painstaking BCS-era championship games.
By now, everyone has written about this game between Florida State and Auburn and I will not bore you with my version but I will tell you this much, the Rose Bowl is and always will be “The Granddaddy of Them All.”
This final BCS game left me with a feeling that I rarely get after watching any contest in sports.
Regardless of whom I was pulling for to win, I could have accepted a split national champion and walked away happy and content.
Yes, as unrealistic as it may seem, a tie would have worked for me.
After giving us 15 rounds of a championship fight, both teams deserved to walk away a winner.
Auburn defensive back Chris Davis summed it all up in six words.
“Good defense, good catch, all over,” he said after the game in the Auburn locker room.
Fast forward: The entire country is thrilled that the BCS era is finally over.
Most felt that the BCS and the Southeastern Conference had a backroom agreement, that regardless of how anyone feels, one team from the SEC will factor into the championship game.
In actuality, if other teams throughout the country would have taken care of business, four of the past seven national championships would not have had a team from the SEC playing in the national championship.
Whether it was Oregon, Stanford and USC from the Pac-12; or Ohio State, Michigan and Wisconsin from the Big Ten; or Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Kansas State from the Big 12 or Boise State and TCU from the Mountain West, all fell on their faces.
Every one of those teams had the opportunity to win their respective games and shut out the SEC from participating in the title game.
A prime example would be the 2011 and 2012 seasons, where Alabama ended up playing and winning the title.
Next week, I will break down the new format that will be the college football four-team playoff system.
I do not like it and neither will you, but for many years to come this will be what we get from what was – and still is – a flawed system.
So as the BCS took its final breath inside the Rose Bowl Monday evening, I will leave you with these thoughts from the 2013 college football season.
If you live outside the states that represent the Southeastern Conference, you have a new perspective and a new hope, which is that all things SEC will come to a screeching halt.
If you are from SEC country and you are not from the state of Alabama, you also have a glimpse of hope that Alabama may have fallen back to the pack and that Auburn in 2013 was a fluke.
My response is this to the rest of the country: As long as college football exists,  the SEC will always be a dominant factor.
As far as Alabama and Auburn are concerned, read your history of college football, and then decide if that will happen.
Until next time …
Meyers is a sports columnist for The Outlook. You can follow him on Twitter at @brucemeyers11.

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