Oregon and Ohio State play tonight for the “mythical” National Championship of college football. I say “mythical” because who can really call what we have this year a “genuine” playoff? Four teams playing for the championship? One conference champion, Baylor, was left out of these “chosen four” as was TCU, which by season end was playing better than just about anyone in the nation. In fact, there was only one undefeated team in the country this year, Florida State, whom many “so called experts” would have picked to lose a head to head match with either Baylor or TCU. There were five one loss teams in the final “Top 10 Rankings” and several two loss teams who absolutely deserved a shot in any playoff tournament. So how can we call the team who wins tonight’s contest a true national champion?
The way big time college football determines a champion calls into question the fairness of the process. Is it fair for five major conferences to dominate the competition to the extent that all other conferences have little or no chance to ever play for let alone win a National Championship? Is it fair for just four teams to be given a place in a playoff tournament when so many others are obviously deserving of a shot? Is it fair for ESPN, Oregon, Ohio State and others to make MILLIONS of dollars off tonight’s contest while the players actually competing on the field make nothing at all? Fairness…Sometimes life just isn’t fair! But sometimes getting what you don’t deserve is the greatest blessing of all!
If you are a believer in Christ you know the blessing of receiving what you do not deserve in the place of what you do! Christian, aren’t you glad God doesn’t give you what is fair and deserved? Aren’t you glad God sent His Son Jesus Christ so you might receive from Him, not what you deserve, not what is fair, but what His grace has made available through the Cross! Aren’t you glad Jesus took what we deserve upon Himself so we might receive salvation from sin and death?
I moan about my Baylor Bears being left out of a football playoff but the occasion reminds me a wonderful truth! Sometimes getting what you don’t deserve or missing out on what you do deserve is the greatest blessing of all!