Brutal Championship a Fitting End to Worst. Season. Ever.

↵So. That just happened. The player of the year, according to the fans, got knocked out on his first drive and gave way to a true freshman. After raw, throbbing ineptitude lasting most of the game, said freshman made things interesting briefly before getting whacked for game-sealing fumble. The game was dominated by Mack Brown's determination to 1954 his way to a close loss and Nick Saban's determination to let him. Maybe we could all be less crotchety if Texas's potential game-winning drive contained at least one completion. It did not. ↵

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↵There's no better summary of the game than the final run-up-the-score touchdown, after which Saban got a Gatorade bucket to the side of the head and the kicker missed the extra point. It was ugly. ↵

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↵It doesn't have to be like this. A while ago, during the heyday of Dr. Z's online mailbag columns, he explained his disdain for the college game by grousing that you always knew who was going to be good and the result was largely boredom. I love me some Dr. Z, but I've always thought that was the most ridiculous thing he'd ever written. College football is nothing if not completely bats. Remember a couple years back when being #2 was a death sentence? Exactly. ↵

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↵However. But. Other interjections. Everything’s over now, and the meme that's been brought up a couple times elsewhere is almost undeniable at this point: for the neutral college football fan, this has been the Worst. Season. Ever. ↵

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↵Hey, man, don't blame the Michigan affiliation here. Doctor ↵Saturday pledges allegiance to Southern Miss, and this was his take in early November, before a solid month of chalk and the most unsatisfying BCS title game since USC housed Oklahoma: ↵

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↵⇥This year, with no real drama on the horizon another month still, we've been reduced to weekly squabbles ↵⇥over petty officiating scandals, endlessly speculating ↵⇥about the fate of LeGarrette Blount and poring ↵⇥over obscure YouTube clips and message ↵⇥boards for some scraps of evidence of cheap shots, cheap quotes or any other cheap thrills that might fill the dramatic void that is emphatically not unfolding in the results on the field. ↵⇥

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↵Nothing except Ndamukong Suh went down in the interval between then and now, and Suh lost the Heisman to a guy who wasn't the best running back, let alone player, and might not even have been the best running back on his own team. ↵

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↵In fact, the only notable things that happened this season might have been: ↵

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  • FALCON PUNCH
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  • USC descending from its decade-long perch atop the Pac-10
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  • Sam Bradford's shoulder robbing the Big 12 of any drama in September
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  • The Heisman once again picking the wrong guy by passing over Suh
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  • The SEC Championship game
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↵That's it. Chalk has ruled the year, with the top three slots in all major polls occupied by Florida, Texas, and Alabama from day one -- without any of those teams even having the decency to appear dominant, a la Texas and USC in 2005. That season of chalk at least paid off with a championship game that lived up to the massive hype. Watching this year's championship game only invites questions about how the hell anyone expects a two-team playoff -- because it is a playoff -- possibly to presume to declare a national champion. The most interesting event was a not-even-naked guy on the field. ↵

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↵It's ugly enough that everyone is questioning Texas's decision to call a shovel pass(!) at the end of the half, as if Texas could just sit by and throw away a possession down 11 with a freshman quarterback with –4 yards passing. They couldn't, but they couldn't ask the kid to do anything more risky than throw a screen, and it still got returned for a touchdown. That, and the plowing at the end of the game, was all the difference. ↵

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↵And forty-nine-and-a-half states say good riddance to 2009. ↵

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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