No defense for two-hand touch football in BCS bowls

The biggest complaint I’ve heard the BCS title game rematch between LSU and Alabama is that nobody wants to watch another boring defensive game.

Well, after watching the other BCS bowl games this new year, I could go for a hard-nosed, slobber-knocking, 3-yards-and-a cloud-of-astroturf game like LSU’s 9-6 soccer victory over the Crimson Tide two months ago.

The BCS bowls have looked like the Arena Football League playoffs so far, or maybe the NBA preseason. If this is the future of college football, put me back in a time machine to the days of the wishbone.

It all started New Year’s Day when Oregon and Wisconsin laced up their sneakers for the 98th Rose Bowl. A track meet broke out as the run-and-shoot Ducks were as defenseless as Daffy on the first day of “Duck Theason” but still quacked out a 45-38 victory in the highest scoring game in the “Granddaddy Of Them All” of all.

Then came the Fiesta Bowl, where No. 3 Oklahoma State beat No. 4 Stanford 41-38 in overtime in a shootout between the Cowboys and the Tree (a predictable finish in terms of mascots, although much closer than one might expect). The cowboys and trees I know bend but don’t break quite as easily as these two teams’ defenses.

The only BCS game that has shown the slightest bit of defense was Tuesday night’s Sugar Bowl, when Michigan somehow beat Virginia Tech in a normal-scoring contest, 23-20. Odd how the lack of scoring can create so much more drama than the pitch-and-catch spread offenses running up and down the field like suicide drills.

Then came Wednesday’s Orange Bowl debacle that was ugly in more ways than one for Clemson fans. The Tigers defense managed to make West Virginia look like the Green Bay Packers in getting blown out of Miami by a hurricane-force score of 70-33. They broke the Orange Bowl record for most points … in the third quarter.

Now we can look forward to Friday’s Cotton Bowl matchup between Arkansas and Kansas State – two more teams with more offense than defense – before the main event. I, for one, can’t wait to see two teams that know how to tackle step onto the same field again and know how do more than play hot potato with the football.

Now there’s some debate about whether the winner of the BCS title game deserves the trophy outright. If Alabama wins, the score will be tied at one game apiece with no rubber match, and neither team is going to look as flashy as the other BCS contestants that couldn’t make a tackle in a phone booth.

No, in this case defense really does win championships, as it should be. Either one of these teams would ground and pound these high-flying acts that have become all the rage in college football. Spread offenses are fine as long as teams don’t ignore the other side of the ball. It takes both to be a champion.

So enjoy all the Madden 12-type football that’s been played over the holidays if that’s your game, but I’ll take a good 16-13 defensive battle any day over the flag football that’s been broadcast to the masses who prefer touchdowns to knockdowns.

My idea of fantasy football is based on hits and heart, not scores and stats.

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