So, how do you suss out the college football season? We are presented with a championship game of Oklahoma vs. Florida. Florida has lost a single game this season, to Ole Miss. Oklahoma has lost a single game this season, to Texas. Both have fine credentials for the championship game.
But why is Oklahoma in the game and not Texas? Texas has lost only one game, to Texas Tech. Coincidentally, Texas Tech has lost only one game, to Oklahoma. Texas Tech is not even in the BCS, having been shunted off to the once-prestigious Cotton Bowl, which is no longer part of the in-crowd, while Texas gets to lick its wounds in the Fiesta Bowl against perennial BCS participant (and of late footwipe) Ohio State.
Why is two-loss Ohio State in the BCS, when Texas Tech is not? Here's a guess -- OSU brings the Cleveland (#15), Cincinnati (#32) and Columbus (#34) television markets to the game, while Texas Tech brings Lubbock (#147). Should the games be based on the talent on the field, or the potential numbers of eyeballs back home? Good question.
Arguing about which team is the true national champion is as old as college football. The national champion used to be chosen before the bowls and occasionally it would cause a problem -- in 1960 the pictured Gophers were declared national champions, but then lost the Rose Bowl to Washington. Then the job was turned over to the wire service polls, which led to split champions on several occasions. The BCS was supposed to be the solution. It hasn't worked out that way.
I'm sure that the winner of the Oklahoma/Florida game will be a worthy champion. But is Texas better? How about one-loss Alabama, which happened to lose to Florida at the worst possible time (in the SEC championship?) What about USC, which has dominated most of its opponents this season, but stubbed its toe in Corvallis, Oregon earlier in the year?
Who knows? The only way to know for sure would be to have a playoff. But that's not going to happen anytime soon. So the arguments rage on. And the BCS chugs along, a solution that solves nothing.