Here is how you play the game, any game.
You get the participants together, come up with the rules and figure out a way to determine a winner. When everyone agrees, you play. At the end there is a champion.
There can be mistakes and misgivings. There can be second-guesses and complaints. But the bylaws can't be changed in the middle. The system can't be altered. The rules are the rules are the rules.
Which is why the national champion in college football this season will be either Oklahoma or LSU. That's it; that's all.
For another team to claim a share of the title – no matter what the nation's sportswriters, pollsters or, say, a construction crew in La Crosse, Wis., have to say – is to rewrite the rules on the fly.
So forget all the talk about the Rose Bowl being a national championship game. You can ignore Southern California coach Pete Carroll's assertion that if his Trojans knock off Michigan, then they are national champs.
And pay no attention to the Associated Press poll that,Read More »from Sugar Bowl is still the one