Who will be number one this college football season. The experts will same one thing. The computers might same something else. That is the reality under the current season finding a champion that will satisfy the conspiracy theorist is nearly impossible. The NCAA has refused to allow major college football to adopt a playoff system, despite the fact that many sports writers have shown that a it would raise more revenue than the current system.
Without the playoff the current system will always left questions. Perhaps the best example is the 2007 season. At the end the 2007 season the Missouri Tigers were raked number one. They had to play the only team that they had lost to in the regular season, the Oklahoma Sooners in the Big 12 Title game due to the rules of the Big 12 conference. If Missouri had played in the Big Ten Conference, the Tigers would have had the option of playing the champion of another conference. Due to the rules of the Big 12 both Missouri and the Big 12 Conference lost out. Missouri finished the season with two losses. In there bowl game, Missouri dominated the University of Arkansas. The Razorbacks featured two top running backs, Felix Jones and Darren McFadden. In the last game of the regular season Arkansas defeated the Louisiana State Tigers.
For some reason the computer and statistics said that LSU and Ohio State were the best two teams in the country in 2007. Ohio State lost to a three loss Illinois team at Columbus. And LSU lost to a team that Missouri later embarrassed in the Cotton Bowl. LSU won the Bowl Championship Series National Title that season. A two loss national champion is nearly unheard of in college football, but during one crazy season it did not matter. Without a playoff college football will be dictated by something other than on the field results. While some fans might complain, keeping debate open might be what administrators hope for.