Originally written on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 12/3/12
Surely, anyone who watched the Big Ten Championship game on Saturday night knows that Nebraska doesn’t deserve the opportunity to play in a BCS bowl game. I mean, sfter a 70-31 shellacking in the conference title game, it’s warranted that folks wad up the resume titled “Nebraska Cornhuskers – Football” and toss it into a waste basket, right? As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast, my friend.” Bo Pelini and the Cornhuskers got railroaded by Wisconsin on Saturday in the Big Ten Championship Game. But regardless of Saturday’s result, it was still Nebraska, not Wisconsin, that really earned the right to play in Pasadena. (Image source: B/R) Saturday night’s embarrassment to the Big Ten Conference’s football legacy is the exact reason I find conference championship games absurd. Not because of what Wisconsin did to the Huskers on a national stage, but what the result meant. Wisconsin finished the season with a modest 8-5 record (including the championship game), 4-4 in conference play. That was good enough for third place in the Big Ten Leaders division. Arguably the worst division in all of major college football this season. Meanwhile, Nebraska finishes the year 10-3 and 7-1 in the Big Ten, with the only loss coming against the undefeated Ohio State Buckeyes. And the end result? Because of one game, the Badgers are headed back to the Rose Bowl as the only Big Ten team to represent the conference in the BCS this year. What happened to the legitimacy of the regular season? Why does everything come down to one game? I understand that money is the driving force in all of this, and greed rules all in the world of collegiate and professional sports, but at the college level, is it really fair to put the accomplishments of one team on the line in a single game? There are many examples that I could use to prove that the college football conference championship game is flawed, but I will stick with this year’s Big Ten title game because it is fresh in everyone’s mind. Nebraska did almost everything it needed to do to earn a trip to the Rose Bowl this year. Nebraska won its division outright, defeating everyone else in the Legends division. The Huskers even defeated Wisconsin earlier this season in a close game in Lincoln. But after all the accomplishments of a great season and earning the right to call themselves the Big Ten football champions, the Huskers had one slip at the end of the season, and it cost them everything. I guess you could say that the guys at Nebraska knew this would be the case. They had to take care of Wisconsin again or the Big Ten’s lone 10-win team (excluding the ineligible Buckeyes), would be left out of the BCS conversation. But does it validate the weight of one game? Just because it holds the title “Big Ten Championship,” it overrides the success a team had in a season, all because of one game where Wisconsin got hot and Nebraska had no answer. It’s not just the Big Ten that has the issue, it’s all over college football. With all the conference expansion and teams joining major conferences, a championship game seems like the only feasible way to determine a BCS representative on a yearly basis. But it’s bogus. Why can’t we base success off of the regular season and allow the BCS, a money hungry system anyway, to develop a college football championship playoff system? That’s what we all want in the end, anyway. And for those of you calling me a hypocrite, it would at least allow the teams who earned the right to compete for a national championship a chance to do so. But it will probably never come down to the regular season ever again. I suppose that’s just the way college athletics are these days. Work hard and be at the top by the team the season ends, that way you get the opportunity to compete for a conference title. It has little to do with what a team accomplishes during a season and more about ticket sales, concession money, and the number of programs sold at the “marquee event” held at the end of the season. I guess there’s nothing left to do but to watch Wisconsin showcase its talents in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day and hope that they don’t completely embarrass the conference in Pasadena. And if they do, just remember, it should have been the Nebraska Cornhuskers opportunity to do so. The post Commentary: Saturday’s Big Ten Championship Game an Example of why Conference Championship Games are Terrible appeared first on Midwest Sports Fans.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Adrian Beltre completes cycle, gets mad when assaulted

Gruden had to convince Dan Snyder to bench RG3

Jim Mora turns P. Diddy fight into recruiting pitch for UCLA

Illinois releases results of women's basketball probe

Richie Incognito named starter by Rex Ryan

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

DeMarco Murray isn't thrilled Eagles limited reps in practice

Brandon Weeden: 'God forbid I am forced to play' for Dallas

Ben Roethlisberger: Markus Wheaton is ready to break out

Hernandez tipster allegedly had sexual relationship with him

Rookie WR Tyler Lockett has Pete Carroll, Seahawks gushing

Packers TE returns to practice in wake of family tragedy

WATCH: Giants players fight during training camp

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger Woods on Twitter

Report: Rousey to star in film based on her autobiography

Porn star offers to cook meal for any sports champion

Why everyone is wrong about Cowboys Tony Romo, Part 1

Oregon was only team drug tested during CFB Playoff?

Five 2nd year NBA players ready to take the next step

John Daly wants to be US Ryder Cup captain

Rodgers appears in another Olivia Munn workout video

Matt Hasselbeck is still getting random drug tests

Five teams that won at the MLB trade deadline

What should be expected from Aaron Rodgers in 2015?

College Football News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Adrian Beltre gets mad when assaulted after HR

Lindsey Vonn shows support for Tiger

Notre Dame doesn't need a conference

Rex takes jabs at Jets' management

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker