Unless you’re a LSU fan (in which case, #@$% you), 2011 will go down as one of the toughest years in college football history. From the onslaught of scandals to the re-jiggering of conferences to the fact that the BCS is crumbling before our very eyes, college football has had to endure a year like no other.
I could not have predicted as much way back when, when the season kicked off. Seriously, even my perverted mind could not have predicted that JoePa would be leaving Penn State for covering up for a pedophile showering in his locker room.
Three and a half things you should probably know:
1. Nobody wanted to be No. 2. LSU took over as the No. 1 team in the polls after dismantling a very good Oregon team. Oklahoma fell to No. 2. Then lost to Texas Tech. Then Alabama took over. They lost to LSU. Then Oklahoma State took the spot. They lost to Iowa State. Then everyone else with a legit shot at being the second best team in the country lost. So now we’ve got 3 teams from the SEC West in the top 3 spots. Yes, there will be a playoff system in play soon and yes, only the SEC will be allowed to play in it.
2. The B10 continues to make its case as the conference that doesn’t want anything to do with anyone else. 2011 was the first year in which the Big Ten played within a 2 division conference with a championship game tacked on at the end. It will go down as one of the most unintentionally shooting oneself in the face ideas ever. All this in-conference football has led to one of the worst case scenarios ever for the most storied football conference in all the land. Not only does the conference not have any sort of shot at the National Championship game, but there’s a cluster#@$% of teams at the top that all have a legitimate case for playing in the first ever Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis. Change is good but sometimes transitions really do suck.
3. College football scandals getting sicker with every story. In a year when college football was slammed for its apparent lack of control over its institutions, the scandals just kept on coming. We had a convicted felon telling Yahoo! Sports about his alleged days making it rain at “The U”. Then came all sorts of news regarding Ohio State, Jim Tressel, and “tattoo-gate“. Butch Davis was fired for running yet another football program that didn’t care how his players passed their classes. Even Boise State got in on it and told us how they somehow slipped up and helped student athletes find cheaper housing — just to prove they’re a real football program too. For a while, we had talking heads arguing about the pros and cons of paying college athletes (which we already do — it’s called a scholarship). Oh, and can’t forget about the whole pedophile using his children’s charity and ties to Penn State’s football team to prey on little boys. How’d I forget that one?
At least no one died this season, right? #@$%, too soon?