True. Auburn lost to #15 ranked LSU. Bama lost to #3 ranked Auburn. And Mizzou lost to #8 ranked SoCar. And those are all end-of-season rankings. All three teams lost to other SEC teams ranked higher than any opponent OSU has faced, and with better resumes than OSU.
So it's one thing to say just win, but what does that mean when "winning" isn't a leveling achievement?
Again, the BCS is probably getting it wrong this year. But I'm not arguing that the BCS needs to be changed. I don't care if OSU vs. FSU is a true national championship game. It's going to be a good game. And the discussion that gets us there is even better than that.
This is where we fundamentally disagree, and I guess with GD as well. I don't think the regular season is fun for a variety of reasons. The #1 is the fact that the majority of colleges out there will lose their chance at a N.C. once they lose their first game. For example, Tennessee plays Florida in week 3. In their heyday the loser of that game lost all hopes of making it to the big game. If Strength of Schedule shouldn't be a factor or we shouldn't discredit a team based on who they play, then what incentive is there for quality teams to play each other? This makes it to where we generally only get to see really high quality match-ups if they are in the same conference and forced to play (Auburn/Bama).
Everyone here agrees that the Auburn/Bama match-up was a great game and had significant impact because it was basically a win or go home type match-up. Instead of seeing 1 or 2 of those type match-ups a year, outside the N.C. game, I want to see several of them. That is why I am so for maybe a 16 team playoff. Right now on the first Saturday of the playoffs we would have the following:
FSU vs Central Florida
Ohio State vs LSU (FUN)
Auburn vs North Illinois (undefeated and this allows them their only chance at getting to the N.C.)
Alabama vs Clemson (FUN)
Missouri vs Oregon (FUN)
Oklahoma St vs Arizona St (FUN)
Stanford vs Michigan St (FUN)
Baylor vs South Carolina (FUN)
In just one Saturday look at the caliber of match-ups that would take place in win or go home scenarios similar to Bama/Auburn.
Second Saturday (Assuming no upsets)
FSU vs South Carolina
Ohio St vs Stanford
Auburn vs Oklahoma St
Alabama vs Missiouri
Again, 4 high quality match-ups in win or go home situations.
FSU vs Alabama
Ohio St vs Auburn
Then the N.C. game.
This is what I want to see. I want to see the best playing the best and see high quality football.