Posted: Thursday January 5, 2006 12:29PM; Updated: Thursday January 5, 2006 12:29PM
B.J. Schecter will periodically answer questions from SI.com users in his mailbag.
Shelve the BCS bashing and the mountainous quest for a playoff system for a few days. Tell the talking heads to shut up and let us enjoy what we've just seen. Wednesday night's Rose Bowl was a classic and we need time to absorb it and appreciate the greatness that was displayed on the field in Pasadena.
There was enough talent on the field to rebuild several NFL teams and we may not see another college game played at that level for some time. We don't need pundits to tell us Vince Young turned in a performance for the ages, Texas' defense came up with the stop of the game on a fourth-and-2 in the final moments, or that USC is an offensive juggernaut. My 3-year-old nephew can see that.
College football is far from perfect, but the intensity, pageantry and tradition is unmatched. Texas and USC took everything that's so great about college football and magnified it 1,000 times. Few big games actually live up to the hype, but this one did (and then some) and we deserve the chance to enjoy it.
So save the draft talk for another day. Debate the game plans and decisions made by both coaches some other time. Texas took the national title from the two-time defending champs with a phenomenal performance by the best player on the field last night. Against any other team, USC would probably have held on. But the Longhorns aren't an ordinary team and Young is far from an ordinary player.
Allow us to savor the moment. We can pick apart Young's throwing motion or debate whether Reggie Bush cost himself the No. 1 pick in due time. But for now, take a step back and appreciate what you have seen. For some day we may be able look back on this epic battle and fondly recall the greatest national championship game ever played.