Saturday, October 21, 2006

BCS Picks and Takes

The leaves are falling in Colorado. The first BCS poll is in. Time for some picks and takes on college football.

Cosmic Smack Down?

Oklahoma loses their best quarterback to a used car lot scandal before the season. They lose a game at Oregon when instant replay officials go temporarily blind. They lose the best running back in the nation when he breaks his collar bone while showboating and diving into the end zone at the end of a long touchdown run.

Slow and Potentially Low USC

SC has won 50 of their last 52 games in Division 1. Not sure any major college team will ever pull off that kind of streak again.

I’ve seen most of their games this year.

They look slow and seem to lack the passion of past years. Hard to keep the intensity when you’ve been so successful. Especially when everybody else brings their best effort of the season against you.

Pete Carroll might be losing his emotional mojo.

Best Conferences Top to Bottom

SEC but not by as much as some say. Big Ten. Pac Ten. Big Twelve. ACC.

Why does the Big East gets an automatic BCS bid? Why is the Big East even in the BCS mix?

Best Team That Won’t Win the National Championship

Texas.

Basically the same team that beat SC last year in the title game. Breaking in a freshman qb. He’s getting better every game. They don’t have a strong schedule which will hurt them in the BCS computer rankings but by the end of the season they’ll be one of the best—if not the best—team in the country.

Sometimes All You’ve Got Is Hope

Stanford has lost every game this year. Colorado is 1-7. My guys are taking a beating.

Glad I’m a lifelong UCLA and SC fan too. Always good to diversify :^)

No Great Team

Saw a bunch of games today and every one of them came down to the last minute. Very cool. No great team this year. Gotta like college football without a current dynasty.

BCS Championship Game

Gotta go with Ohio State to beat Michigan and get to the finals.

The other team could be either SC or Auburn.

SC just isn’t playing very well right now. Seems like they peaked early and have been regressing every week since then. Hard to see them getting through the Oregon, Cal, Notre Dame and UCLA gauntlet. If they can pull it off the BCS should just give them the national championship trophy without even playing a title game.

Auburn has an easier road than SC but still rough.

SC could lose one of those four tough games to end the season and still get into the BCS championship game because the computers will reward them for such a brutal schedule. Can’t remember a team losing a game near the end of the season and getting into the championship game but SC could pull it off this year.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Jon said...

So much in the polls makes no sense right now. How can arkansas possibly be 10 spots below auburn, when arkansas beat them badly in auburn's house and they have the same record? How come so many teams with worthless schedules get top 10 votes? Why is Georgia even ranked? Why can't anyone from the east or the Big 10 ever try to schedule more than one quality non-conference opponent? Why does half the country think it's entitled to 7-8 home games, and why is everyone who votes okay with this? We need a playoff.

11:51 PM  
Blogger 3wishes said...

Still dont understand importance of BCS but thats okay. In north Texas we have a powerhouse team called Southlake Carroll Dragons.(High School) Heard an interview with TO yesterday and he mentioned that last weeks game was like getting ready for a Southlake Carroll game. Ill just bet those boys at Carroll are grinning ;)

2:17 PM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

Yeah, high school ball can be pretty intense. Played it myself in Orange County CA in the 70's when ten thousand folks would come out for a mid season game. Nothing like Texas, though, from what I hear.

9:51 PM  
Anonymous johnteter said...

Wordcat, Okalahoma lost their conference final and still made the BCS title game in 04. I don't understand why Cal is ranked ahead of Tennessee when TN beat them by like 4,000 points. Computers.

12:39 AM  
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10:41 AM  
Blogger Wordcat said...

Good point John. Now that I think of it, Colorado beat Nebraska at the end of the season a few years ago like 60-20 and Nebraska still ended up in the national title game. Buff fans were furious they didn't get a chance to play for the title when they were clearly a much better team than Nebraska that year. The whole thing can be pretty goofy. My fear this year is that West Virginia will somehow get into the championship game. Given yesterday's new BCS rankings, if they win out and both SC and Michigan go down (which is very possible) we might end up with a weenie Big East team in the finals. Yikes. That would be ridiculous.

10:56 AM  
Blogger 3wishes said...

Go Blue :)

2:41 PM  
Anonymous Jon said...

Speaking of that Nebraska/Colorado year, Oregon (11-1) fans were upset that they were clearly much better than both Bebraska (10-2) and Colorado (9-3) and didn't get in the title game either.

11:50 PM  

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