This might have been the worst year in recent college football history, with the recruiting issues at Miami and Ohio State, the ongoing sense that this is a corrupt, predatory institution that’s becoming too fundamentally immoral to enjoy (culminating in Taylor Branch’s devastating piece in the Atlantic), and of course the horrors of the Jerry Sandusky scandal at Penn State. All told, it’s a year no one’s all that upset to turn the page on, so it’s perhaps handy that at last night’s BCS “Championship Game” — quotes because it is of course no such thing — Alabama’s 21-0 wipe out of LSU was a compendium of field goals, beleaguered yawns, and potential concussions. It won’t go down in history or anything; no one will remember it, which means we finish up the 2011-12 college football season with little fuss. Now everyone can go back to more pleasing, less wait-is-it-WRONG-for-me-to-still-like-sports? athletic endeavors, and we can all take a few months off and forget this year ever happened. Deal? Deal.
Dre Kirkpatrick #21 and Darius Hanks #15 of the Alabama Crimson Tide celebrate after defeating Louisiana State University Tigers in the 2012 Allstate BCS National Championship Game at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on January 9, 2012 in New Orleans, Louisiana. Alabama won the game by a score of 21-0.