(Ahem. Clearing throat.)
WE THE PEOPLE ARE divided on so many fronts: Democrat vs. Republican, dog person vs. cat person, Jon vs. Kate.
Where we all can unite is the quest for the evisceration of the BCS - or at least its role determining the national championship game.
The main argument for the BCS - beyond the ingrained back-scratching relationship between bowls and the NCAA powers-that-be - is that it creates debate and thus interest in college football.
Never miss a local story.
How's that debate thing working for health care?
And as we know, the NCAA basketball tournament is so boring. No one ever argues about who should be in the tournament, who should be out and who should be the No. 1 seeds. I'm sure Gamecock fans would rather compete in the basketball equivalent of the PapaJohns Bowl than go to some pesky tournament and play Duke or North Carolina.
Look at how it's setting up this year: Three SEC teams are in the top four, two more top 10 teams (Boise State, Texas Christian) are not in BCS leagues and no one outside Cincinnati's area code is aware that the Bearcats are in a BCS league.
The way it's shaking out now, the BCS title game will be the SEC champion playing Texas, Southern Cal or the next-best BCS team not in the SEC. (Virginia Tech, which already lost to Alabama?)
Would you prefer that, or a tournament that lets in the two best SEC teams, plus Texas, Southern California, Boise State, Texas Christian ... yeah, that'd be boring. (Sigh.)
Kentucky at South Carolina (-9.5): Steve Spurrier said this week that Lorenzo Ward is a good guy to have on the staff because "he likes to play golf." He's not kidding: Ron Cooper's world-class curling abilities just weren't a good fit. Pick: USC covers.
Florida (-8) at LSU: I'm not sure if you heard, but Tim Tebow is questionable for this game. Trust me, it was on the news somewhere. Pick: Florida covers.
Alabama (-5) at Mississippi: Dexter McCluster told his Mississippi coaches to "run me until my tongue falls off." Yeah, just his tongue if we're lucky. Pick: Alabama covers.
Georgia Tech at Florida State (-3): Bobby Bowden disputes that he's just a figurehead and points out he gets very feisty at his annual meeting with assistant coaches. Pick: Florida State covers.
Georgia at Tennessee (-1.5): Having interviewed the very sedate A.J. Green several times, I can promise you that, believe it or not, for him, that was excessive celebration. Pick: Georgia covers.
Indiana at Virginia (-7): A game so lame it may only have three viewers: Skip Holtz, Kevin Sumlin and Guz Malzahn. Pick: Virginia covers.
The rest: Arkansas (-1) beats Auburn. Iowa (-8) covers against Michigan. Air Force covers, but TCU (-9-5) wins. Texas (-33) covers against Colorado. Houston beats Mississippi State (-1.5). Vanderbilt (-10.5) covers against Army. Maryland covers, but Wake Forest (-11) wins. Duke covers, but N.C. State (-14.5) wins. Virginia Tech (-13.5) covers against Boston College.
Last week: 8-7 vs. spread, 9-6 overall.
Season: 40-34 vs. spread, 58-17 overall.