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BSC schedule gives us the holiday blues

If you're like me, and you're a die-hard college football fan, then I'm sure we're all walking around singing the post-Christmas holiday blues.

After witnessing the chaos of the past season, which included a variety of unpredictable upsets and bizarre plays that will still be discussed when this current crop of preschoolers are taking their Scholastic Aptitude Test, you have to feel disappointed by the bowl season, especially the lackluster games of Bowl Championship Series.

It's as if the regular season was a nicely wrapped gift in a big box, but when you open it up, you find an ugly sweater with no receipt so you can't exchange your present.

Now, I'm all for tradition, but I'm sure the world would still continue to spin on its axis if the folks on the Rose Bowl committee had abandoned their old school ties to the Pac 10 and Big 10, for a more compelling match up.

Besides, they threw tradition out the window a long time ago when they sold the naming rights to the 'Granddaddy of Them All' to the highest bidder, which for now is presented by Citi.

Everyone from coast-to-coast, even at rival places such as Florida and Tennessee, was screaming for a Rose Bowl contest between Georgia and USC.

However, we were forced to sit through and watch the Trojans mop up the field with Illinois. Now, don't get it twisted, USC is good, but beating up on the second-best team from the Big 10 doesn't give it credence for claiming its stake at the national title.

Afterall, they lost to Stanford on their own turf, so the only sounds from the men of Troy we should be hearing is from the band.

My dismay continued when Georgia made Hawaii's spread offense look like tasty doggie treats after cruising to a 41-10 laugher in the Allstate Sugar Bowl.

While Hawaii's undefeated regular season run and touchdown production was nice, they clearly didn't belong on the same field with an SEC power like the Bulldogs.

Both games were decided by halftime and the only intrigue left after the long-winded intermission was if they'd cover the over-under spread for the final score.

Outside of having a tournament to settle the championship debate, and leaving the title game between Ohio State and LSU as is, my BCS line up would include Georgia-USC in the Rose Bowl, West Virginia-Hawaii in the Sugar Bowl, Virginia Tech-Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl and Illinois-Missouri in the Orange Bowl.

But since my voice carries no weight with the suits that run college football, we all must grin and bear at this bowl schedule in order to quench our gridiron thirst.

So, that leaves us nothing else to do but suck it up, throw on that cardigan sweater, start singing your song and enjoy your gift from the NCAA.

While next season brings the potential of hope and changes to the selections, for now, all sales are final.

Rory Shamrock is a sports writer for the Clayton News Daily and Henry Daily Herald. He can be reached at rsharrock@news-daily.com.