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BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Posted on: November 19, 2011 1:03 am
Edited on: November 19, 2011 7:53 am
 

EUGENE, Ore. – This could be the best two weeks of football in BCS history, and I’m at the kickoff party.  

They’re going about two shades of crazy here Friday night at Hop Valley Brewing Co. out near I-5 in Duckland. A guy just walked in and yelled, "How about Iowa State?" It’s a brew pub that just turned into a staging area for the national championship push.

How about the Cyclones indeed? By beating Oklahoma State in overtime Friday night, they made it about football again. We can care again. Maybe we can forget tragedy and scandal -- for a little while.

Maybe for a long while. Two weeks from Sunday, two teams will be matched up to play for the 14th  BCS title. It is more than wonderful that we have no idea who they are going to be. There are six teams in the running -- LSU, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Alabama and Oregon. Oregon and Arkansas gained the most. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State the least.

But that’s just me, right now. The Hefeweizen is going down really smooth.

BCS chaos reigns. It reigns because a team whose uniforms look strangely like USC (Iowa State) just took down the nation’s No. 2. I’m here to see Oregon play the real USC on Saturday in a game that just got a lot bigger.

The Ducks are in that conga line with a bunch of one-loss teams, all of them with their hands up saying, "Pick me!"

Let the arguments begin: Do you want a rematch? LSU-Oregon awaits. So does LSU-Alabama. But shouldn’t you have to win your conference? Alabama potentially won’t. Don’t forget Arkansas, which is suddenly in the conversation.

Is Oklahoma State entirely out? Does Oklahoma deserve to be in the discussion? It lost at home to Texas Tech, which lost by 34 to Iowa State, which beat Oklahoma State. The Sooners have a chance, a small one unless …

Unless chaos continues. Who knows how OU will be perceived in two weeks? If Oregon wins on Saturday it most likely will jump to No. 2 in the BCS. Alabama plays Georgia Southern. Nothing, though, is permanent. Call it the BCS' Kardashian Moment.

Get ready for a fashion show with shoulder pads, built-in programming for sports radio. Someone give Jerry Palm a raise. Now.

You can hear the sound of Boise State kicking itself all the way from here.

Please don’t say “kicking” around the Broncos. They not only would have been in line for the BCS national championship game, they would have had to beat only San Diego State, Wyoming and New Mexico to get there. But a kid named Dan Goodale pulled a Brotzman last week, missing the game-winning field goal. That was only after TCU’s Gary Patterson proved he had more stones that Boise State had field goals.

The old missed kick seems to be an epidemic. Dan Goodale meet Oklahoma State’s Quinn Sharp, who wasn’t. Sharp missed a 37-yarder with 77 seconds left that could have beaten the Cyclones.

Nothing is permanent. Ask Kim, or give Sharp a Hefeweizen. He needs one right about now. 

How about the Cyclones indeed? By beating Oklahoma State in overtime Friday night, they made it about football again. We can care again. Maybe we can forget tragedy and scandal -- for a little while. 


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Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 20, 2011 11:34 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Revisionist history, agriegelis.  After losing to #1 OSU in their season finale in 2006, Michigan was #2 for only one more week.  The next week #3 USC beat #5 Notre Dame and jumped over Michigan to be #2 in the BCS.  The final week of the season, #2 USC lost to UCLA, thereby missing out on a shot at OSU in the BCS title game.  But #4 Florida beat #9 Arkansas in the SEC championship game.  That boost in SOS helped them jump #3 Michigan to take the #2 spot in the BCS when #2 USC dropped from their loss.  #2 Florida then thumped #1 OSU 41-14 in the title game.  The point is that Michigan's season ended with a loss, so subsequent good wins by both USC and Florida against highly ranked teams moved them past Michigan in the BCS rankings,  It wasn't due to a "massive outcry," where "human polls were adjusted" in some conspiratorial effort to prevent an OSU-Michigan rematch in the BCS title game
November 26, 2006 AP Poll....1) Ohio State 2) USC 3) Michgian 4)Florida.  Florida played in the SEC championship game.  Michigan'season was over (through no fault of their own, no Big 10 title game at the time, obviously).
December 3, 2006 AP Poll... 1) Ohio State 2) Florida 3) Michigan 4) LSU.  When a team doesn't lose, and gets "leapfrogged" by another team, that's called an adjustment. Apparently, I'm not the only one sharing the same sentiment.  From a SI.com article on October 19th, 2011 (before LSU played Alabama). "

The LSU-Alabama buildup reminds me very much of that 2006 Ohio State-Michigan storyline, both because fans and media (myself included) already seem so united in their belief that these are the two best teams and because I'm already getting pre-emptive rematch questions, just like I was well before that OSU-Michigan game. However, there are also some notable differences.

While the Big Ten may have been stronger in the years before that '06 season, it had not produced five consecutive BCS champions, which is unquestionably the biggest factor driving our LSU-Alabama obsession. Meanwhile, a big reason OSU and Michigan jumped so far ahead of the pack in the public's eye that year was because there was no equivalent to 2011 Oklahoma -- or Wisconsin, Boise State and Stanford, for that matter. Looking back at the first BCS standings from '06, the chief competitors to OSU and Michigan were a USC team that had struggled on offense and would eventually be exposed; a one-loss Auburn team; a one-loss Florida team; and a trio of undefeated Big East teams, West Virginia, Louisville and Rutgers. This year's field of challengers inspires a lot more confidence.

All of which explains why the presumptuous rematch talk is just plain silly. The '06 season taught us a long-lasting lesson. The OSU-Michigan rematch came awfully close to happening. The Wolverines were No. 3 going into Championship Saturday, and No. 2 USC lost. If not for the voters' 11th-hour elevation of Florida, we never would have found out that the Buckeyes were in fact mortal, which is worth remembering this year. Nobody, including poll voters, truly knows who the two best teams are. Five straight BCS titles for SEC teams or not, 'Bama and LSU are enjoying the luxury of beating up on an unusually high number of bad SEC teams this year, and some team from another conference -- be it Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Wisconsin, Boise, Stanford or Clemson -- will deserve the same shot Florida got in '06 to prove our assumptions wrong.



Yes, there was an outcry against a U-M Ohio State rematch.  And yes, there were adjustments.  But given the fact that top teams are falling like Lindsey Lohan at a Bar, LSU-Alabama rematch will probably happen.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 8:03 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

I which to ammend my previous remarks concerning the P.I.G. Hawgs. I completely under estimated the mediocrity of Big XII and PAC 12 coaching and defenses.  The Razorbacks just might be the third best team in the land...BUT NOBODY is close to LSU and Alabama.



Since: Mar 9, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:58 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

The Bison

What I find amazing in your endless drivel, is that you did not offer one team that is more deserving than Bama.  Hilarious.



Since: Jul 22, 2007
Posted on: November 20, 2011 3:53 am
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

There's NO way the championship game should be LSU/'Bama, just shouldn't be.
Look at strength of schedule and do so without the whole "The Sec is the best conference in football" because many of their teams aren't playing that well this eyar and they have loaded up with cupcakes like Bill Snyder used to do at Kansas State.
I think you HAVE to make strength of schedule count more as you get closer to the end of the season so teams don't load up on cupcakes.
Sure it's great for a small school to play the big one because financially they bring in a ton of money and get some notoriety but it's a gimme win for the big school becasue let's face it, very RARELY do you get the little school upsetting the big school like App. state did against Michigan a couple of years ago.
I think that if you play cupcakes this late in the season then it shoudl cost you points or cost you somehow in the algorithim they use for the computer to figure out the rankings every week.
So if you got 6 points for a win then if that school plays a small, non ranked, cupcake game then at most they get 1 point instead of the 6 but it would only happen after the third game of the season, reason being you can get away with a cupcake at the beginning of the season, using it as a tune up but this late in the season it's not there for anything but padding your win total.
If you do it to where they would only get 1 point for playing those schools after the third week then you get those games out of the way, the small schools get paid and the BCS schools will have to ensure they play top notch competition as the season progresses.
They can schedule those big non conference games later in the season because you would get the 6 or maybe even 7  or 8 points for a win over a quality ranked opponent which would encourage the scheduling of later season tough games and help their BCS standings which gets them to the big bowls which means $$$$$ and lots of it as well as exposure and notoriety especially with recruits who help bring in that big $$$$$. 



Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 10:28 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Washington02,

I definitely agree that the SEC typically schedules OOC cupcakes with a few exceptions...of course so do most other teams from major conferences. SEC fans say their conference is so much better because they've won the last 5 BCS chapmionship games, and its hard to argue with those results...and technically those are OOC games. Yes, 5-4 in bowl games last year certainly doesn't indicate domination by the SEC by any means...and the year before they were only 6-4 which isn't much better. Having said that, both of those records are above .500, playing games against 'quality' OOC opponents. Also, the SEC has the most wins of any conference in BCS bowls and the highest winning percentage of any major conference  in BCS bowls (MWC actually has the best winning percentage of any conference if you can believe it), indicating that the top SEC teams have been better than the top teams from every other conference.

You are also correct in saying that a playoff is the only true way to determine a National Champion but unfortunately we're stuck with what we've got.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 5:38 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

After the game Ohio State and Michigan were still ranked #1 and #2 in the BCS.  There was a massive outcry with a "Michigan had their chance" argument. The human polls were adjusted, and Florida went on to the championship game.
Revisionist history, agriegelis.  After losing to #1 OSU in their season finale in 2006, Michigan was #2 for only one more week.  The next week #3 USC beat #5 Notre Dame and jumped over Michigan to be #2 in the BCS.  The final week of the season, #2 USC lost to UCLA, thereby missing out on a shot at OSU in the BCS title game.  But #4 Florida beat #9 Arkansas in the SEC championship game.  That boost in SOS helped them jump #3 Michigan to take the #2 spot in the BCS when #2 USC dropped from their loss.  #2 Florida then thumped #1 OSU 41-14 in the title game.  The point is that Michigan's season ended with a loss, so subsequent good wins by both USC and Florida against highly ranked teams moved them past Michigan in the BCS rankings,  It wasn't due to a "massive outcry," where "human polls were adjusted" in some conspiratorial effort to prevent an OSU-Michigan rematch in the BCS title game.



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:55 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

The real fun in deciding who plays in the BCS chapionship would be if LSU were to lose in the next couple of weeks.  As improbable as that sounds, all hell would break loose.




Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:49 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

It pains me to say, because they lost to a crappy team. But Oklahoma should be in the BCS championship game if they win out.<br /><br />In 2006, Ohio State played Michigan.  After the game Ohio State and Michigan were still ranked #1 and #2 in the BCS.  There was a massive outcry with a "Michigan had their chance" argument.  The human polls were adjusted, and Florida went on to the championship game.<br /><br />With the "you had your chance" logic (the loudest proponents that year were SEC fans/coaches/media), Alabama and Oregon should be out.<br /><br />I know that's not how it's going to play out, but that's how it should be.




Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: November 19, 2011 4:33 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Hog...EVEN if you beat LSU and pass LSU in the BCS the tie-braker will be between YOU and Bama who WHOOPED you so they would go to the SEC Championship Game. I know this probbaly makes your head hurt, but it is the truth. Your ONLY hope is Auburn beating Bama.



Since: Sep 1, 2011
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:19 pm
 

BCS chaos kicks off in Eugene; I'm buying

Here we go again......so sad. With that being said, you do realize that the best team that Alabama has beaten was Arkansas right?  And the Arkansas unlike like most of the top ten has not lost at home all season and hasnt lost to an u nrank team. I get all the team and state pride, but lets all be real about one thing. LSU IS THE ONLY TEAM IN THE COUNTRY THAT HAS REALLY PROVED THEMSELVES, THAT IS ABOUT IT. THEY BEAT THE DUCKS, PENN STATE, WEST VIRGINA AND BAMA. So all this hating on the Hogs can stop because non of your teams have done anything special either. Boise State? who have they played and beat? You say Ark barely got be A&M, last time i check Stanford barely got by USC....same goes for OSU. Didnt AUBURN the defending Champs do the same thing all of last season? Get it together people. Go Hogs!!!


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