I watched the National Championship game last night. Well, I watched part of it. Couldn't stomach a full 60 minutes worth of Alabama and LSU failing to score TDs. It was just sooooo boring. So I did other things; hopped on FN for a bit, ate dinner with my wife, listened to music, read part of the newest Game Informer magazine. All in all I had a pretty good evening. Much better than if I would've forced myself to watch the NC game in it's entirety.
But it got me to thinking. Specifically I was thinking, what can the NCAA do to make their NC game more exciting?
The answer is simple. Allow non-SEC teams to play. Just kidding; I realize that teams from other conferences are technically eligible, it just doesn't happen so much.
Actually the answer to the question is this: be more like the NFL.
For the last couple years we've been hearing about how NCAA offenses are taking over the NFL. Whether it's the spread, Cam Newton, Tim Tebow and some variation of the option, whatever.. it's been made clear to us that the NFL is adopting a lot of nuances from college football.
Which is great; scoring is up, fan excitement is at an all-time high, records are being set by pass-happy QBs... it really does seem like Drew Brees is the NFL's answer to Timmy Chang (or Case Keenum, or any one of a number of QBs from Texas Tech's Mike Leach era).
It's easy to see how the NFL is mirroring NCAA football in a lot of regards.
What hasn't been mentioned, however, is how the reverse is also happening. NCAA football is becoming more like what the NFL used to be.
That comment may be a little extreme, but let me try to rephrase it:
Critics of NCAA football are leaning more heavily towards NFL-based teams. I don't mean in terms of NFL-caliber players (although that may apply too), but in terms of NFL-style offenses. Well, old-school NFL style offenses from yesteryear.
Think about it: leading to the NC game, LSU and Alabama were voted the number one and two teams in the nation, respectively.
Neither one of those teams has any offense to speak of. Sure, Trent Richardson is a nice RB. But AJ McCarron and Jordan Jefferson are both sub-par quarterbacks. Neither one can hit a receiver with any kind of consistency, certainly not enough to take over games the way Rodgers, Brees and Brady can.
Yet to the voters (and many fans, as well) the Tide and Tigers were the NCAA's best.
Why is that?
Because they play defense?
Sure, they play good defense. So what?
The NFL would lead you to believe that a great offense will beat a great defense on any given Sunday.
Consider the Packers and Patriots, perhaps the two teams considered most likely to square off in this year's Super Bowl. Both of these teams put up points in bunches, but neither team plays any defense.
The Packers and Patriots ranked last and second-to-last in overall defense this season. Both of these teams did a good job of taking the ball away, and both scored points like crazy.
In essence, the Packers and Patriots are the NFL's answer to Oklahoma State, a prolific offensive team that gave up a TON of yards and points, but compensated for that deficiency by leading the nation in takeaways.
The 49ers, on the other hand, do not have a prolific offense, but have a very good defense. Let's say San Fran is the NFL's version of Alabama or LSU. Fair enough analogy, right?
So... basically every expert/fan will tell you to expect the Packers and Patriots to advance though the playoffs, but don't expect the 49ers to make it very far.
Yet everyone and their mom claimed that LSU and Alabama were the best two teams in college football, and Oklahoma State was not worthy of National Championship consideration.
So, defense wins championships in college, but offense wins championships in the NFL. Meanwhile, the NFL is miroring the NCAA and vice versa.
It makes no sense to me.
I don't have any grand conclusion or anything; just wanted to share some of my thoughts with FN and see if anybody has any kind of reaction, response, questions, quibbles, consternations, etc.
If anybody read this incoherent rambling and was somehow able to formulate some kind of cognitive though, your feedback would be greatly appreciated.