In the good old days, Real Madrid won Spanish championships because dictator Franco's thugs made it so. In the good old days Red Army had the best hockey team because the hand picked players were held at a camp in the woods. So there are relatively less fair situations out there in sporting history than the way the US college football system picks a champion:
"It’s an imperfect system," said Florida Coach Urban Meyer, who predicted that the zaniness of this season would help lead to college football’s adopting a playoff. "If you want a true national champion, the only way to do it is on the field."So why don't they move to a playoff system? You might as well ask why doesn't Canada have a primary system for electing public officials. Committees love to exist and perpetuate their existence through the exercise of exclusive powers - that is it. The next tier of US college football is now undergoing its 16 team playoff. It can be done. All that will be gained is certainty.
Even the conservative Michigan coach, Lloyd Carr, called for change. "I don’t think there is any question that there are some flaws in the system," he said last night. "The system, as I understand it, was designed to put the two best teams in the national championship game, so I think there are some flaws, there’s no question."
That being said, Michigan is the only team which had a chance of beating Ohio State who are so good they're boring. So no doubt Florida now wins it all just to prove me wrong.