In the category of debunking the "greatest regular season in sports" let's look at some of the gems in the first week of the 2009 season:
North Dakota State v Iowa State
South Carolina at North Carolina State
Troy at Bowling Green
Villanova at Temple
Coast Carolina at Kent State
North Texas at Ball State
Eastern Kentucky at Indiana
Utah State at Utah
Oregon at Boise State
Beyond Oregon-Boise State and perhaps Utah-Utah State does anyone care about any of these games? Remember, it's the "greatest" regular season in sports so obviously all of these teams have a shot right?
Wrong. Even if Iowa State were to go undefeated and win the Big 12, their chances of playing for the national title are zero. The same is true with all of these teams. We already know what happened to Utah after they went undefeated. Compare that to any sport where there is a playoff where EVERY team at the outset of the season has a shot at playing for the title. Knowing that your team has absolutely no chance of even playing for the title regardless of how many games is not fun.