The aftermath of college football’s most exciting day has left us in a state of confusion, frustration and astonishment. It has forced each of us to search our souls and question our values. Mostly, it has again raised unsettling questions about our national obsession with winning and about how money has corrupted the college sports world to its very core.
Let’s begin in the Big Ten Conference, where Ohio State was able to sustain its unbeaten season — and national championship aspirations — when Michigan failed to convert a two-point conversion attempt in the final seconds. It was everything a big rivalry game should be — except for a brawl that led to the ejection of Ohio State guard Marcus Hall and Michigan linebacker Royce Jenkins-Stone.