- Mar 31, 2000
Yeah I figured you did and almost added that none of my comments were directed towards you.I agree. I was being facetious, which is why I followed it up with the other points.
That year felt dirtier than any year of the 43 I've been watching CFB. There were debates, yes. But the level of "let's make sure this happens" was in the next world, too. This existed up to a point for Nebraska in 1994, but Nebraska didn't lose to Penn State, either, so a certain degree of "this is what we think" while debatable was at least defensible.Selma, each of these articles is leading me to believe we need to ditch polls and committees altogether and just straight up go to an 8 team playoff with 4 conferences. 4 champions make it in and 4 wildcards are chosen via BCS rankings. Or something similar. An NFL style playoff, as much as is possible in the disjointed college football world.
Yeah, 1993 was a sham.
I have been trying to figure out who that former FSU QB reminds me of for years. You have solved the mystery. Freaking Ted McGinley!1993 AP POLL
National champion: Florida State 12-1
Undefeated teams: #4 Auburn 11-0
UPI national champion: Florida State
1) Choking on tears, Florida State wins an undeserved national championship
For the sixth straight year, 1993 was finally going to be "the year Florida State wins it all." For the sixth straight year, Florida State lost to a team standing in their way. This time, though, the sports media manipulated the narrative enough to give FSU a "second chance" and the officials in the Orange Bowl - apparently borrowed from the 1972 USA/USSR Olympic basketball game - ensured the desired outcome. Never did a championship of the TV era ever feel more rigged than this one.
It started less than a month after Alabama slaughtered Miami. It was almost as though the sports media as a whole was going to do everything possible to get the ball rolling to 1993. That year was the first year the next season's "preseason poll" came out NOT in July or August but instead in February. The glow wasn't even fully illuminated on Alabama's title but, who cares about those rednecks, right? After six months of priming the pump, the declaration was made in an SI cover story that featured FSU's new kicker, Scott Bentley. After all - if FSU had just had a kicker (so the myth went), they'd be going for a three-peat. (Lost in this crapola was the fact the idiots writing this always forgot about Florida State losing a second game in 1991, to Florida. Screw 'em, it's journalism, and you can just MAKE UP YOUR OWN FACTS if you must! Then came a season-long buildup to the showdown in South Bend against Notre Dame, and the Irish just happened to be pretty good in 1993, too.
That year's "Game of the Century" saw Notre Dame roll out to a 31-10 lead and then hang on to win by seven. After the game, a pathetic loser named Matt Frier (who will go to his grave as Matt Crier) got on national television - tears flowing - and begged the voters for "a second chance," appealing to "every year they say Florida State is playing the best at the end of the year and we will this year." Of course - FSU was like those baseball teams that are 30 games out of first and catch fire in the final two months of the season once hope is lost because there's nothing to lose. Five years earlier, Frier would have been mocked incessantly (as he would today), but this was the brand new "I feel your pain" America, so Frier's "passion" (as opposed to his "whiny, pouty sore losing") was the story. Meanwhile, the media went full apologist and began clamoring for a rematch. For seven days, the media told all of us that "nobody wants to see Florida State-Nebraska again" and disparaged the Huskers as a team that hadn't won a big game in 20 years. So on board was the media that FSU dropped ONLY to number two.
But then Boston College upset Notre Dame, which led to.....
2) The Media 180 Pivot
Within seconds of the Irish losing, ESPN and their willing accomplices across networks flip-flopped like a politician talking to a new audience. All of a sudden, they were banging the drum for "the game everyone wants to see is Florida State-Nebraska." Unspoken in this, of course, were two realities:
1) absolute trembling at the idea of an All Backwater national title game (Nebraska vs W VA)
2) their confidence that Florida State just might lose yet another time with Notre Dame, but they'd kill Nebraska.
For reasons that could never be made clear, Notre Dame's loss to BC miraculously transformed FSU's loss to the Irish into a win, so much so that the Noles were right back at number one. The disparaging of West Virginia's schedule - and WVA played in the same conference as Miami, whose schedule was never permitted to be questioned - began in earnest. The fact WVA played AND BEAT five 9-3 football teams INCLUDING (wait for it) Boston College...didn't matter. No, what mattered was ensuring FSU got to the title game.
And you may regard this particular analysis as cynical, and you should - because it was the most obvious "let's get the outcome we want" that I've ever watched unfold.
3) "Head to Head? Ah, Who Cares!"
As if the debacle unfolding in slow motion wasn't bad enough, you had the spectacle of media mouthpieces trying to tell us that just because a team lost a football game didn't mean the other team was better. Of course, that IS true in an abstract sense. It IS entirely possible that Florida State WAS, in fact, better than Notre Dame.
But using that argument, I would have actually voted for Nebraska for the national championship, too. After all....
Notre Dame beats FSU by 7 - doesn't mean the best team won
FSU beats Nebraska by 2
You can't say the one proves your case, but the other one doesn't count. True, they don't all count equally, but this is why making a case via a poll always was a ludicrous exercise. I'm sure if I had voted for Nebraska (right after drinking a bottle of Drano no doubt), my name would have been paraded all over the media like Corky Simpson's was the year previous. I would have enjoyed burning the villages of Trev Alberts or Chris Fowler or Lee Corso - "But Selma, FSU won the game on the field!" Yes, and so did Notre Dame, so what's your point?
Furthermore, how many of you actually WATCHED the 1994 Orange Bowl? It was so bad and slanted - and remember folks, I DESPISE Nebraska - but it was so bad I almost got the idea that if Bowden needed it, they would reduce FSU's first downs to only seven yards and make their PATs worth 6 points rather than 1 just to make sure they got the outcome. It felt so dirty all the way around.
4) Probation Complication
And speaking of feeling dirty all the way around, we have the Auburn Tigers running the table while serving probation for paying Eric Ramsey to not be an NFL quality player.
And predictably came a few die-hard voters - four, in fact - saying Auburn should be the national champions, an incredible declaration that "ah, that SEC title game doesn't really mean anything anyway" combined with "who needs a bowl game?" Auburn had an exciting year in 1993 (unless, of course, you were an Alabama fan in which case it was a Pepto-level nightmare), so exciting nobody saw it thanks to a TV ban. I can understand the voters of 1984 that chose Florida both as a safe place to hide out AND as a protest against what the system had produced. I can understand the latter, too, in 1993, but the former makes no sense. Auburn's schedule was nowhere in the same solar system of Florida's in 1984, and they didn't beat a single team on the road that had a winning record. They were a good team that had a good year, and their final #4 ranking was probably about where they should have been. But national champions? Get outta here.
5) Did the right team win the national championship?
1993 is apparently what it's like to attend law class or debate and have to defend a position you absolutely DO NOT believe because I'm in the position of absolutely having to defend Notre Dame of all teams for once. This, of course, will not stop me from pausing a moment to laugh my ass off with the observation, "So tell me - HOW DOES IT FEEL to get SCREWED?????"
1993 was wrong all the way around. The wrong teams played for the national title, and the wrong team won it. The national championship game SHOULD HAVE BEEN Nebraska versus West Virginia in the Orange Bowl for the whole bowl of wax. The networks that were so in love and enamored with the FSU/ND rematch should have just sent them to Tempe and hope FSU won to eliminate both teams. They could have even ensured it by sending that clueless officiating crew that helped the Noles win the title in Miami.
Much was made of the fact that FSU "played a tougher schedule than West Virginia." But so what? Once you lose, that argument loses it's cache and can never be a substitute for an actual contest between the teams. Furthermore - and Lou Holtz was absolutely right about this - just four years earlier, his own team was denied a repeat "because of the head to head." NOW, however, the entire narrative flipped, and head to head didn't matter anymore.
There's a cruel irony to the entire thing. Holtz felt short changed in 1977 when Notre Dame leapfrogged ahead of Arkansas (and Alabama) to win the title. Holtz managed to feel it a second time while coaching the Irish. And that leads to...
6) Danny Kanell kills puppies and downloads child porn
I mean, is there anyone who people hate more than someone who does those two things (other than acting on the second one)? I'm sure Kanell, once he takes off the "let me play a moron" character, is a nice guy. When he's not playing a third-level troll with the Ted McGinley vibe, he's an intelligent person. To my knowledge, he's never been caught up in a metoo or other scandal. But Kanell LOVES to bash him some Alabama or - quite frankly - any team that lost a head-to-head game but won the title. I dive bomb this guy on Twitter every single time he goes with that, asking him if he's returning his undeserved ring that he got in 1993 with FSU. He never answers - and his silence is loud.
Florida State MIGHT have been "the best team" in the amorphous elasticity of that word, but they did NOT deserve the 1993 national championship, either.
I've always thought if he'd had his mind on his job that Spurrier at Florida would have been the best opponent for Miami.2001 was a wild season. I wonder who out all
Of those teams; Colorado, Tennessee, Florida, and Oregon. Which one would have giving Miami the closest thing resembling a game in the championship? (Whether they deserved to be there or not)
Agreed.I've always thought if he'd had his mind on his job that Spurrier at Florida would have been the best opponent for Miami.
The right team only won because Michigan and Alabama had two moron coaches. Those probably were the best teams.1999 BCS NATIONAL CHAMPION
Undefeated teams: #10 Marshall
1) Pristine and clean
Years don't come much easier than this one. Two unbeatens, an exciting superstar quarterbacking the underdog.
2) Marshall Goes Undefeated....
A compelling story given the program's history, but there's a word for people who think Marshall should have played for the national title or made a four-team playoff: morons. Like Tulane in 1998, who really cares? What is about to happen, though, is a large number of "mid-majors" (which sounds like a tennis or golf tournament that doesn't pay much) are about to complete unbeaten seasons because they: a) have a decent team; b) and don't play any decent teams.
3) Did the right team win the national championship?
Of course. Sure, it was a five-finger discounted national title from Dillard's but who cares? FSU was the best team, and they won it all.
Unfortunately, we all had to wake up 2000, and the failure of the press to defend the process. Say what you want - it was an AGREED UPON PROCESS, so why it disappointed so many remains a mystery.
Yes! 1999 was one of the biggest what if seasons in Alabama's history. The loss to Louisiana Tech should have been the firing moment for DuBose. The Tennessee loss was a con job. And of course the Orange Bowl was what it was.The right team only won because Michigan and Alabama had two moron coaches. Those probably were the best teams.